Bucs Even Series With Blue Hose, Win 7-4 in Ten InningsApril 21, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CLINTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern (16-26, 7-7) scored all seven of their runs in just two innings but that would be enough for the Bucs to come away with a 7-4 Big South victory over Presbyterian (17-22, 5-9) on Saturday afternoon at PC Baseball Complex.
With the game tied at 4-4 in the tenth, CSU sophomore Alex Tomasovich would lead the offense in the right direction with a double into the left field corner to start the inning off PC reliever Michael Ricchi. Ricchi would then hit Chase Shelton to make it first and second with no outs before giving way to Chad White. Walt Quattlebaum would execute a perfect sacrifice bunt up the first base line that moved the runners up 90 feet and forced an intentional walk of Robbie Streett to load the bases. Both coaches would then use go to their bench as the Bucs brought on pinch hitter Brian Welch and the Blue Hose countered with reliever Chad Sanders. Welch would get hit by a pitch to break the tie, scoring Tomasovich. After Sanders induced a flyout for the second out, Buccaneer leadoff man Bobby Ison drew a bases loaded walk that extended the lead to 6-4. Presbyterian would again go to the bullpen, this time calling on Tim Corbin, but he would issue another bases loaded walk to Harrison Wilkins, giving CSU a 7-4 cushion.
Denis Buckley would come on for his first save of the year, issuing just one walk and striking out one while working the tenth inning.
Corey Deighan (3-2) was the winner in relief for the Bucs. He went 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run (earned) on four hits while striking out one and issuing one walk.
The loss would be saddled to Ricchi, who threw 1 2/3 innings while giving up two runs (both earned) on one hit.
Presbyterian took the lead 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, when Billy Motroni singled with one out and would move to third on an errant pickoff throw from CSU starter Charlie McCready. Brad Zebedis followed with a single into left field to score Motroni.
The Blue Hose struck again in the sixth, this time on a Jay Lizanich RBI single to right field that scored Gabe Grammer, who doubled earlier in the inning.
An infield single and RBI would be credited to Grammer in the bottom half of the seventh, scoring Kenny Bryant to make it 3-0. Bryant doubled earlier in the inning to reach base, one of two doubles on the day for him.
The Buccaneers would fight back with a four run rally in the eighth. Back-to-back singles from Ison and Wilkins would end the day for Blue Hose starter Chandler Knox, who gave way to Buck Mostellar. Knox would get a flyout for out number one, but then issued a walk to Tomasovich that loaded the bases and brought up Chase Shelton. Shelton lined a single into left center field, scoring Ison and Wilkins and bringing the Bucs to within 3-2. Quattlebaum would follow with a double that scored Tomasovich to tie the game 3-3 and end Mostellar’s afternoon. Ricchi came on to allow a sacrifice fly off the bat of Streett to break the tie as Shelton crossed home plate and gave CSU a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, trailing 4-3, PC answered as Grammer came thru with a one out single that tied the game, sending it into extra frames.
McCready went 6 1/3 for the Bucs in getting the start. The left-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on 12 hits and struck out four.
Knox tossed seven innings for PC allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out five.
The Blue Hose offensive attack was led by Motroni, Zebedis, Bryant and Grammer, who all had three hits each.
Streett and Shelton both collected two hits each to pace Charleston Southern at the plate. Shelton also had two RBI. Streett extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the ball game, the second longest hitting streak this season for CSU.
The Bucs and Blue Hose will tangle tomorrow in game three of the series. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.Related Item: Box Score