Bucs Split with High Point on SundayMarch 25, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern's baseball team bounced back from a 13-9 loss in the second game of their series with High Point to take a 6-5 win the series finale on Sunday at CSU Ballpark. The final four innings of Saturday’s game were completed prior to the start of game three on Sunday.
In Saturday's game, each team scored twice in the first inning. After High Point put two on the board in the top half, CSU responded. Freshman Bobby Ison walked to open the inning. Walt Quattlebaum and Alex Tomasovich were hit by pitches to load the bases. Freshman Chase Shelton delivered two runs with a single up the middle.
The first three High Point batters reached base in the top of the second, the start of a five-run inning for the Panthers, who grabbed a 7-2 lead. Ison trimmed the lead to four with a sac fly, scoring Blake Hunt, in the bottom of the second.
High Point scored three in the top of the fourth and led 10-3 before CSU mounted a comeback. Jaren Sustar delivered an RBI single and Ison followed with another sacrifice fly to trim the lead to 10-5 after four.
In the fifth, Zach Hagaman's single scored Chase Shelton and John Faircloth doubled Hagaman to third. Hagaman scored on a wild pitch and Sustar added another RBI single to make it 10-9 after five innings.
The game was halted due to rain and resumed on Sunday. High Point immediately added three runs to take a 13-9 lead and neither team scored over the final three frames. Joe Goodman earned the win in relief for High Point..
CSU starter Patrick Dolan lasted just over an inning, allowing five earned runs, seven total, on five hits. CSU used a total of six pitchers in the contest.
Offensively, Faircloth went 3-for-5 with a run while Sustar was 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Bucs. Wilkins also had a two-hit day, with Shelton and Hagaman driving home two runs apiece. Eight batters, including five Buccaneers, were hit by pitches in the game.
In the series finale, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run homer by Adam Miedzianowski but CSU rallied in the fourth.
Quattlebuam doubled down the right field line to start the rally and scored on Tomasovich's single. Shelton followed him up with another single; with Tomasovich scoring on an error by the centerfielder as the Bucs took a 3-2 lead. Drew Woodall, Faircloth, Brian Welch and Wilkins had consecutive base hits and CSU led, 6-2, after four.
CSU starter Charlie McCready, who pitched into the eighth, was able to hold the Panthers without a run for the next three innings. After a 40-minute rain delay in the eighth, Corey Deighan replaced McCready with one out and two runners on. After a walk to load the bases, Josh Spano singled in a run to cut the deficit to 6-3. McDermott’s RBI single scored Rush before Wilson walked with the bases loaded to send Bujnovsky home to make it a 6-5 game. Deighan induced an inning ending fly ball to preserve the 6-5 lead.
McCready picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the season. McCready allowed four earned runs on seven hits, fanning three in 7 1/3 innings. Deighan earned his second save of the season, pitching 1 2/3 innings with one run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Tomasovich and Shelton each went 2-for-4, while Wilkins also totaled two hits in the game and led the Bucs with two RBI. Ison, Tomasovich and Woodall each drove home a run as well as the Bucs tallied 11 hits on the day.
Jacob Newberry took the loss, for the Panthers, going 6.2 innings with six earned runs, nine hits and four strikeouts.
Charleston Southern will travel across town to the College of Charleston on Tuesday. The Bucs and the Cougars will face off at 6 p.m. at Patriots Point.
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