Bucs Wrap Up Auburn Tournament with 5-2 Loss to PurdueMarch 4, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
AUBURN, Ala. – Four hits from sophomore outfielder Brian Welch weren’t enough to power the Charleston Southern baseball team (4-7) past Purdue as the Bucs took a 5-2 loss to the Boilermakers in the final day of the Auburn Tournament at Plainsman Park in Auburn on Sunday.
Welch was a perfect 4-for-4 and crossed the plate for one of the team’s two runs. Alex Tomasovich was 1-for-4 with the team’s other run of the day while Drew Woodall went 1-for-4 to collect an RBI.
Patrick Dolan got the start for the Bucs, giving up three earned runs (four total) off six hits in 6.0 innings while striking out four. Corey Deighan pitched the final three innings in relief, giving up one unearned run off of three hits while recording a strikeout.
Kevin Plawecki and Cameron Perkins each had two hits for the Boilermakers, while Stephen Talbott recorded two hits and two runs. Calvin Gunter gave up two runs – one earned – off seven hits over 5.1 innings, striking out one batter to get the win.
Purdue got on the board first as Perkins singled to right field to kick off the top of the fourth inning. Plawecki and Andrew Dixon followed suit. Dixon’s hit put Perkins across home plate to put the Boilermakers up 1-0. They would add another run to the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when Tablott, who reached on an error, made it home when Eric Charles grounded out to give Purdue the 2-0 lead.
The Bucs struck back in the bottom of the inning. Tomasovich singled to left field and was followed by Bobby Ison, who reached on an error. The Boilermakers walked Cody Austin to load the bases with no outs. Jaren Sustar then grounded into a double-play that allowed Tomasovich to make it home and cut the deficit to one run at 2-1 in favor of Purdue.
Plawecki then homered for Purdue at the top of the sixth to make it a two run game once again at 3-1. The Bucs would also score in the sixth, as Welch collected his second hit of the day in the bottom of the sixth. He was driven home on a double by Woodall to put the score at 3-1, still in favor or Purdue.
However the Boilermakers would pad the lead in the seventh, with Talbott and David Miller scoring on passed balls to give Purdue the 5-2 win.
The Bucs will return to Charleston where they will host Georgia Southern on May 6 at CSU Ballpark in a 2 p.m. contest. Related Item: Box Score