No. 3 Bucs Blanked by No. 5 Runnin' Bulldogs 5-0 in BSC TournamentMay 27, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
LEXINGTON, VA – The No. 3 Charleston Southern Buccaneers’ trip to the 2011 Royal Purple Big South Baseball Tournament Presented by Triangle Rent a Car came to an end when they were blanked by the No. 5 Runnin’ Bulldogs 5-0 on Friday at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va.
The upset marked the first of the tournament and drops the Bucs to 29-30 on the season.
The Bucs had six hits, but couldn’t make it across home plate. Walt Quattlebaum was the lone CSU batter with more than one hit, going 2-for-4. He also had the team’s only extra base hit of the day with a double down the left field line the bottom of the fourth. Brantley Meier, Jaren Sustar, Nick Chinners and Matt Still each had a hit for the Bucs as well.
Benji Jackson had two hits, two runs and an RBI for Gardner-Webb (33-22), who will advance to play the loser of this afternoon’s Coastal Carolina/Liberty match up. Jake Watts was also 2-for-5 with two runs. Aaron Miller had two hits and an RBI as GWU outhit the Bucs 10-6 on the day.
Connor Scarborough picked up the win for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, giving up six hits but no runs in 6.0 innings. Jeff Howell pitched three innings in relief, also holding the Bucs scoreless. The two combined to strike out just two CSU batters on the day.
Ali Williams had a solid day on the mound for the Bucs, striking out five to hold the Bulldogs without a hit through the first four innings. He gave up his first two hits of the day in the top of the fifth, and did not give up a run until the top of the sixth inning. Williams ended the day with six total strikeouts, giving up two earned runs off five hits in 5.1 innings. Charlie McCready took over in the top of the fifth and gave up three runs off five hits, striking out one in the remaining 3.2 innings.
GWU’s Quattlebaum singled to right field, driving home Jackson to put the first run of the day for either team on the board in the top of the sixth. The Runnin’ Bulldogs pushed their lead to 2-0 soon after when a sac bunt by Adam McFarland scored Jake Watts.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs added a third run to the tally in the top of the eighth, as a double by Miller scored Watts to put GWU ahead 3-0. Jackson and Zeke Blanton would score in the top of the ninth to assure Gardner-Webb the 5-0 win. Related Item: Box Score