Chants Blank Bucs in Regular Season Finale; Two Teams to Face Off on TuesdayMay 19, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – A five-strikeout effort by senior pitcher Patrick Dolan (7.0 innings, five hits, two walks) wasn’t enough for the CSU baseball team, as the Buccaneers couldn’t make it across home plate and were shut out by the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina in the final game of the regular season at CSU Ballpark on Saturday.
The eighth-seeded Bucs will meet the top-ranked Chanticleers again on Tuesday as part of the first games of the 2012 Big South Conference Tournament. The teams are set to square off 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Gardner-Webb-Radford contest, which is set for 8:30 a.m.
Dolan, who have up just two runs on the day, was one of six CSU seniors honored prior to the day’s first pitch. He was joined by Corey Deighan, Brennan Dorsett, Charlie McCready, Blake Hunt and Walt Quattlebaum as all six competed in the final home game of their careers.
It was a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings, as both Dolan and CCU starter Javier Reynoso threw scoreless innings to start the game. Dolan would surrender a single in the first at-bat of the game, but settled down to get out of the inning unscathed. Likewise, Reynoso gave up singles to Faircloth and Shelton in the bottom of the first but was able to hold the Bucs without a run.
The Chanticleers broke the scoreless streak in the top of the fifth, as Tucker Frawley (1-for-3, run) drew the walk and proceeded to steal second. Luke Willis (1-for-3, RBI) doubled down the left field line to drive Frawley home and put CCU up 1-0.
Coastal added another run in the sixth, as Jacob May (2-for-2, run) singled to center field and also stole second. Daniel Bowman took first after being hit by a pitch before Rich Witten (1-for-4, RBI) singled to center field to score May and add the insurance run for the Chants.
Harrison Wilkins walked to take first in the bottom of the seventh, making it to second when Bobby Ison (2-for-5) single to left center. However, Ben Smith would replace CCU reliever Ryan Connolly as Faircloth flied out to center field to end the inning.
CSU was able to work its way out of a jam in the top of the eight, as Corey Deighan (2.0 IP, three hits, three strikeouts) replaced Dolan on the mound. Back-to-back singles by Justin Creel and May put runners at the corners for CCU. Bowman hit the ball into play, with Deighan fielding it and going for the out at home plate. CSU catcher Blake Hunt threw back to third baseman Faircloth, who was able to tag Creel out. Faircloth then made a quick throw to shortstop Alex Tomasovich, who was covering third to get May out on the double play and end the inning,
The Bucs attempted another rally in the bottom of the ninth, as Patrick Corbett walked Sustar to start the inning. Quattlebaum struck out swinging before Wilkins took first after being hit by a pitch. Hunt struck out looking, bringing Ison up to bat. Ison would put the ball into play, but Wilkins would be tagged out on a fielder’s choice to end the game with the Bucs on the wrong end of the 2-0 score. Related Item: Box Score