Eighth Inning Rally Puts Bucs Past Runnin' Bulldogs 4-3April 13, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – A three-run eighth inning, as well an 8-2 double play in the top of the ninth gave the Charleston Southern Buccaneers the 4-3 win over Gardner-Webb in Big South Conference action on Friday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
Denis Buckley (1-0) struck out two batters to earn his first decision of the season. Big South Pitcher of the Week Zach Hagaman, who is coming off of a three-win week last week, also recorded a strikeout in picking up his first save of the season. Ryan Gunther got the start for the Bucs, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with four strikeouts.
Bobby Ison went 3-for-4 with two RBI and made the catch in center field before sending it to Drew Woodall at home plate for the double-play to end the game. Designated hitter Walt Quattlebaum was 2-for-3 with a home run.
Jeff Howell took the loss for GWU, dropping to 1-3 on the season. He gave up two runs off two hits on the two batters he faced.
Scott Coleman homered to left field in the top of the second to put the Runnin’ Bulldogs up 1-0 early on. The Bucs had no answer, going three up three down in the bottom of the inning.
GWU added more in the top of the third, as Ryan Hodge singled through the left side kick things off. He then advanced to second on a CSU throwing error before taking third on a wild pitch. Dusty Quattlebaum walked, then stole second as Hodge stole home to put the score at 2-0. Quattlebaum headed to third on another CSU error before a Scott Coleman single scored Quattlebaum as Gardner-Webb took a 3-0 lead.
Jaren Sustar singled to third in the bottom of the fourth before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Alex Tomasovich to put the Bucs on the board down 3-1.
With two outs on the board in the bottom of the eighth, Quattlebaum homered to left center for his second of the season. Nick Berry, Blake Hunt and Robbie Street followed him with consecutive base hits to load the bases. Ison then singled up the middle to score Berry and Hunt as the Bucs took the 4-3 lead.
Hodge and Scott Johnson each collected a base hit in the top of the ninth, with Zeke Blanton fouling out to the catcher in between for the first out of the inning. John Harris took first after being hit by a pitch, but Ison was able to make a stellar throw after catching Dusty Quattlebaum fly ball to turn it into a double play and get the out at home plate to end the game.
The Bucs and the Runnin’ Bulldogs will square off again on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at CSU Ballpark. Related Item: Box Score