CSU Drops Final Game of Presbyterian Series, 5-4 May 15, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Buccaneers of Charleston Southern fell to the Blue Hose of Presbyterian at a score of 5-4, after holding a one run lead going into the ninth inning. The loss drops the Bucs’ overall record to 27-25 (14-10 BSC). They remain in third place in the Big South Conference standings. Both starting pitchers in today’s contest had good outings. Jesse Cadenhead went 8.1 innings for the Buccaneers and Steven Richardson pitched a complete game for the Blue Hose.
Today’s game stood in stark contrast to the first two games of this series. There were a total of 12 scoreless half-innings in today’s game alone, after only 12 over the first two games.
Despite taking the loss Charleston Southern’s senior right-hander Jesse Cadenhead had a good outing. Cadenhead went 8.1 innings, six of which were scoreless. He allowed only two earned runs and struck out eight batters.
Sophomore Jaren Sustar continued his good hitting as of late, as well as having several outstanding defensive plays at third base. Sustar went 3-for-4 today and is 13-for-18 in the Buccaneers last four contests.
Charleston Southern would allow a run in the first inning and for the first time this series failed to record a run in the bottom of the first.
However, the Bucs’ would get out in front of the Blue Hose in the bottom of the second. In that inning Charleston Southern would string together four consecutive singles. Freshman catcher Drew Woodall singled to bring in Brandon McKinney. Brantley Meier would follow that up with a two RBI single to left field making the score 3-1.
Neither team would score again until the fifth inning when Presbyterian would plate two runs tying the score at 3-3.
The Bucs would again take the lead in the bottom of the sixth when a ground out from Derek Smith would bring in Jaren Sustar from third.
The Presbyterian Blue Hose took back the lead with two runs in the top of the ninth due in large part to defensive miscues by the Bucs.
In the bottom of the ninth Charleston Southern was threatening with two men on with two outs but were unable to bring in a run and extend the game.
Charleston Southern will return to action on Tuesday of this week for the final home game of the season against Georgia Southern, and will finish out Big South play against Coastal Carolina next weekend. First-pitch for Tuesday’s game is slated for 2 p.m.
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