Bucs Fall in Ninth Inning to Clemson, 3-2April 17, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CLEMSON, S.C. – After falling behind early, Charleston Southern (14-25) used an offensive attack that included three doubles to tie the ball game before Clemson (21-17) would eventually claw their way to the win on Tuesday evening, 3-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers drew first blood when, with two outs in the bottom of the first, Richie Shaffer took a 3-2 fastball from CSU starter Kevin Buran just over the left field wall for his eighth homerun of the season and a 1-0 Clemson lead.
Clemson would stretch their lead out to 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Tyler Slaton walked to start the frame and Jason Stolz followed with a single thru the left side. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a Buran wild pitch and Slaton would cross home when Steve Wilkerson picked up his 20th RBI of the year on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Buccaneers would even things up in the top half of the sixth when John Faircloth singled to lead off the inning off Tiger starter Daniel Gosset. Alex Tomasovich then drew a walk that would end Gosset’s night, as he would be relieved by Mike Kent. Chase Shelton greeted Kent with a doubled to left center that scored Faircloth for his 20th RBI of the year, making it 2-1. Walt Quattlebaum then knotted the game 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to left center, his 16th RBI of the season that plated Tomasovich.
Tied at two in the top of the ninth, the Bucs would get runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out but Faircloth grounded out to second and Tomasovich hit a line drive to left field that Jay Baum dove and came up with for the final out of the inning.
CSU reliever Austin Weekley issued a leadoff walk to Slaton to start the bottom half of the ninth inning. Stolz promptly moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt before Weekley induced a flyout from Wilkerson for the second out of the inning. However, Clemson center fielder Tyler Brittle would come thru with a single to left field and the throw to the plate would not be in time to get Slaton as the winning run crossed for the Tigers.
Shaffer, Baum and Mike Dunster led the Tigers offensively with two hits a piece.
The Buccaneers collected nine hits on the evening as Ison and Faircloth each went 2-for-5, Shelton turned in a 2-for-4 performance, and sophomore Thomas Levander chipped in going 2-for-2 at the plate.
Patrick Andrews (1-2) got the win in relief for Clemson as he came in to get the final two outs in the top of the ninth allowing just one hit.
Weekley (1-5) was the tough-luck loser for the Bucs giving up the one run (one earned) on one hit and one walk in one inning of work.
Charleston Southern got a quality start from Buran. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Denis Buckley turned in a stellar relief appearance for the Bucs as he relieved Buran, going 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run and surrendering just two hits.
Charleston Southern will face a quick turn-around as they will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as they host Savannah State at CSU Ballpark.
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