Chinners Ties CSU Hits Record as Bucs Fall to Eagles 13-12 May 4, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
STATESBORO, Ga. – Nick Chinners tied Charleston Southern’s all-time record for career hits, but his feat wasn’t enough for the win as the Buccaneers dropped a 13-12 rubber match to Georgia Southern in 11 innings on Wednesday evening at Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga.
Chinners was 1-for-5, and is now tied for Jordan Haar with 244 career hits. He is also three RBI from tying for fourth place in school history with 120 RBI, and is eight games away from moving into a tie for third place in all-time games played at CSU.
The Bucs (22-23, 9-9) will resume conference play with a weekend series at High Point in High Point, N.C. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday. CSU will also see the Eagles again in the near future, hosting them at CSU Ballpark on May 17.
Alex Tomasovich went 5-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, and scored the game-tying run in the top of the ninth. Matt Still was 4-for-6 with three runs, while Brantley Meier also crossed home plate three times. He was 3-for-5 and was walked twice. CSU had 19 total hits in the game.
CSU used a total of six pitchers throughout 11 innings, with starter Anthony Markham and Brennan Dorsett seeing the bulk of the action. Markham threw 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs off of eight hits while striking out four. Dorsett gave up three runs in 2.2 innings. Ali Williams also saw action, striking out four in 1.2 innings. Charlie McCready (4-2) took the loss.
Josh Adams (6-6), GSU’s pitcher of record in the 11th inning, picked up the win for the Eagles. He faced three CSU batters and held all three hitless. Starter Will Midour went 5.2 innings, giving up five runs off of 12 hits and striking out three.
Offensively Michael Burruss led the Eagles, going 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI while hitting the game-tying home run. Victor Roache was 2-for-3 with a team-high three RBI. Tom Richardson had three hits on the day, going 3-for-5 with a run.
The Bucs got on the board early in the first inning when Meier, who had singled to second base, scored on a sacrifice fly by Chinners to put CSU ahead 1-0. The Eagles returned the favor in the bottom of the inning, as Eric Philips doubled down the left field line before scoring on a single by Roache to tie the game at 1-1.
CSU took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, as Still scored when Blake Hunt singled to right field. The Bucs were only able to keep their slim lead for another inning before a flurry of GSU runs in the bottom of the fourth gave the Eagles the lead. Ben Morgan doubled down the left field line to score Shawn Payne and Steve Cochran before Richardson made it home on a sac fly. Morgan then scored on a CSU error, while Roache’s double to center field line drove home Burress and Scooter Williams to put GSU ahead 7-2.
A triple by Tomasovich in the top of the sixth helped to jump start the Bucs by scoring Still and cutting the deficit to four. Derek Smith then hit his ninth home run of the season, driving home Tomasovich and putting the Bucs within two at 7-5. The Eagles put up a run in the bottom of the inning, as Phillips singled to right field before eventually scoring on a wild pitch to keep Georgia Southern ahead 8-5.
Jaren Sustar singled to left center to start off the seventh inning, and was driven home on a single by Still to put the score at 8-6 in favor of the Eagles. Tomasovich singled in the next at-bat, bringing Still to third. Still was able to make it home on a GSU error to bring CSU within one at 8-7. However, Payne was able to add another run to the Eagles’ tally in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a sac bunt to keep the Eagles up 9-7.
Hunt singled up the middle in the top of the eighth inning and was replaced on first by Bentley Christmas, who made it across home plate when Sustar took first on a fielder’s choice. Chinners grounded out to the shorts stop on the next play, driving home Meier to tie things up at 9-9. However, the Eagles broke the tie in the bottom of the inning, taking a 10-9 lead.
Tomasovich singled to right field, and then stole second. Smith walked before the Eagles intentionally walked Meier, loading the bases. Tom Burkett was then walked as well to score Tomasovich and tie things up again at 10-10. Sustar made it to first on a fielder’s choice and advanced on an Eagle error, scoring both Meier and Ben Qualkinbush to give the Bucs the 12-10 lead. Once again, GSU fought back to even things up. A two-run homer by Burruss tied the game at 12-all and sent it into extra innings.
Playing extra innings for the second time in the last four games, the Bucs couldn’t cross home plate in the top of the tenth. Luckily, neither could the Eagles. CSU couldn’t get a hit in the top of the eleventh, but Georgia Southern was able to break the tie. Brown doubled down the left field line before Williams took first on an intentional walk. Arthur Owens then hit a walk off single to score Brown and give GSU the 13-12 victory. Related Item: Box Score