Bucs End Home Schedule with 14-9 Loss to Georgia Southern May 17, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern baseball team surrendered an eight-run lead, giving up 13 unanswered runs as they fell to the Eagles of Georgia Southern by a score of 14-9 in their home finale on Tuesday afternoon at CSU Ballpark in Charleston, S.C.
The game marked the conclusion of the Bucs’ (27-26, 14-10 BSC) nonconference schedule. They finish the season with a 13-16 record in nonconference action and were 16-13 at CSU Ballpark in 2011.
Matt Still was 3-for-4 on the day for the Bucs, with a run and an RBI. Brantley Meier had two hits on the day with three runs scored. Brandon McKinney had a two-RBI single, while Walt Quattlebaum had two hits, a run and an RBI.
Tyler Vick got the start for the Bucs, giving up one hit but holding the Eagles scoreless in 3.0 innings. George Schaefer saw two innings of action for the Bucs, giving up four runs off of one hit. The third of eight CSU pitchers to take the mound, Corey Deighan (1-2) took the loss, giving up three runs and one hit.
Victor Roache and Ben Morgan each had two hits for the Eagles, with Roache homering both times. He had a team-leading seven RBI, while Morgan had another three for the Eagles. Georgia Southern totaled eight hits on the day.
Justin Hess got the start for the Eagles, giving up six hits and six runs, five of which were earned. He struck out seven in 4.0 innings before giving way to Josh Adams (7-6). Adams gave up three runs off four hits, striking out three to pick up the win.
Meier scored the first two runs of the game, crossing home plate to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Both Meier and Tom Burkett made it home on a double by Walt Quattlebaum in the bottom of the second, giving CSU the 3-0 lead after two innings.
The Eagles got on the board in the top of the sixth, with Stryker Brown scoring on a ground out by Eric Phillips.
Charleston Southern added six more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jaren Sustar singled to drive home Meier and Burkett before a single by Nick Chinners drove home Sustar to put the Bucs ahead 6-1. Still hit his team-leading 18th double of the season to score Quattlebaum. A single by McKinney added two more runs to the tally, as both Still and Chinners made it home to keep the Bucs in front 9-1 after five innings.
However, a nine-run rally in the top of the seventh inning put the Eagles in front for the first time. Roache hit a grand-slam to make it a four-run deficit at 9-5. Brown walked with the bases loaded to add another run, putting the score at 9-6 in favor of CSU. A three-RBI double by Morgan tied things up at 9-9. Morgan then scored the go-ahead run when Philips walked with the bases loaded to give GSU its first lead of the day at 10-9.
Steve Cochrane scored on a sacrifice bunt, adding the Eagles’ lead in the top of the eighth. A three-run homer in the top of the ninth by Roache, his second of the day, finished things off to give Georgia Southern the 14-9 win.
Charleston Southern will finish the regular season with a three-game Big South series at Coastal Carolina, starting with a 6 p.m. match up on Thursday in Conway, S.C. The series will determine the finals standings for the 2011 Big South Tournament. The Bucs currently sit in third place with a BSC record of 14-10. Related Item: Box Score