Bucs Head North for Weekend Series at High PointMay 5, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Coming off of a tough extra inning nonconference loss to Georgia Southern, the CSU baseball team will head north to High Point, N.C., for a weekend series with the High Point Panthers. The series will start with a 6 p.m. game on Friday at Willard Stadium.
Bucs & Panthers
CSU will face Big South foe High Point for the 32nd time in program history on May 6. Despite falling in all three games last season, the Bucs still lead the series 19-12 overall. Both teams earned 2-1 series win in their last BSC series as the Bucs downed Winthrop and the Panthers took two games from Coastal Carolina. Most recently, HPU fell in nonconference action to Western Carolina (6-2) and UNC Greensboro (10-3).
With Wednesday’s 11 inning loss to Georgia Southern, CSU has now gone to extra innings in two of their last four games. The Bucs dropped a 10 inning contest by a score of 3-2. Charleston Southern has played more than nine innings four times this season and are currently 1-3 in those games. Coincidentally, the Bucs and the Panthers went into extra innings in two of three games last season. HPU took both extra-inning games.
Chinners Working on Records
With his hit at Georgia Southern, Nick Chinners officially tied Jordan Haar as Charleston Southern all-time hits leader with 244 career hits. Earlier this season, he moved into a tie for fourth place in doubles with 41 career doubles. Chinners is currently tied for second in that category. He is also 8 games shy of tying for third place on the school’s all-time games played list.
Still’s Career Day
Matt Still had great effort on Wednesday against the Eagles, setting or tying numerous personal marks. The senior outfielder set a new career high with six at bats at Georgia Southern and was successful at the plate, going 4-for-6. His four hits tie his career high, and he also tied another career high by crossing home plate three times.
With the Bucs recording a season-high 47 at-bats at Georgia Southern, it was freshman Alex Tomasovich who made the most of his appearances at the plate. Tomasovich went a perfect 5-for-5, tying his career high with five at bats and setting a new career high with five hits. He also tied his career high with three runs. The rookie shortstop’s performance at the plate is the best of the season. Prior to this week, Tom Burkett had gone a perfect 4-for-4 at Liberty on March 19.
Pinch Runners Find Success
Ben Qualkinbush and Bentley Christmas both entered Wednesday’s game as pinch runners, and both found success as each added a run to CSU’s tally. Qualkinbush has pinch ran nine times for the Bucs this season, scoring five runs including the game-winning run at the College of Charleston.
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