Charleston Southern Defeats Presbyterian in High Scoring Affair, 18-9May 13, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Buccaneers of Charleston Southern won their fourth consecutive Big South Conference game today with a victory over Presbyterian College at a score of 18-9. The 18 runs scored by CSU were the most they have plated this season. The win improves the Bucs’ record to 26-24 (13-9, BSC). The 13 conference wins are the most in program history since 2002. Leading Charleston Southern’s offensive onslaught was sophomore third baseman Jaren Sustar. Sustar had a career high five hits on the day and had an RBI. Senior left fielder Matt Still also had a banner day only being a homer short of hitting for the cycle. Still went 3-for-4 on the day and had four RBI.
The Blue Hose of Presbyterian College would jump out to a four run lead in the top of the first inning, three of which came with two outs already recorded.
Charleston Southern would respond in the bottom of the first with five runs of their own. The Buccaneers had five consecutive singles in that inning. Still would step up to bat with the bases loaded and hit a bases clearing triple by going the other way into the right field corner.
After a tough first inning CSU starting pitcher Stew Brase showed resolve by battling back and throwing three scoreless innings in his next five. He pitched a total of six innings for Charleston Southern and gets his fifth win of the season. Brase got some help from his defense, turning grounders into double plays on two separate occasions.
It was evident that the Buccaneers were making a concerted effort throughout the game to make contact and put the ball in play when up to bat. The Bucs only strikeout came in the bottom of the eighth inning, from a batter who was only a home run short of the cycle. CSU also went 9-for-22 as a team with runners in scoring position. Six different Buccaneers had multiple hits in today’s contest.
A six run inning from CSU in the bottom of the eighth inning that included a two-RBI double down the left field line from senior second baseman Brandon McKinney put the game out of reach for the Blue Hose of Presbyterian.
Charleston Southern will continue their final home series of the season tomorrow with the second leg against Presbyterian. First pitch is scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m.
CSU will honor their eleven seniors in the final home series of their careers at Charleston Southern prior to Saturday's contest.
Coach Lake Postgame Interview
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