CHARLESTON, S.C. – Bobby Ison was 4-for-5 and drove home two of the Buccaneers' six runs in the fifth inning as Charleston Southern rallied to beat Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon at CSU Ballpark, 10-4
The Bucs improve to 9-3 with the win, while Holy Cross falls to 3-4.
Ison had three doubles and a two-run single to lead a Buc offense that had struggled to score in the series before exploding for six runs in the fifth inning to rally from a 4-1 deficit. The junior scored four times, had three RBI, and his double to lead off the fourth inning led to the Bucs' first of nine runs in the middle innings.
"We took advantage of some opportunities that they gave us with some walks," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said following the win. "We went to the bunt and did a good job of getting our bunts down against pitchers who were throwing low in the zone. Bobby got us going again with those doubles. He's one of those guys, I've been very fortunate in my career to coach a bunch of good players, but you really enjoy watching him play this game."
For the second time in four games, the Bucs put up at least six runs in an inning, batting aroun din the sixth. A leadoff walk to Sam Rimick and a bunt single from Blanchard set things up for Ison, who roped a double off the base of the fence in right to cut the lead to 4-3. Chase Shelton and Andrew Widell followed with RBI singles, and Zack Hagaman chopped a single into right.
Rimick would cap the Bucs' explosion with a two-run single to push the lead to 7-4.
Lost in the Bucs' offensive explosion was another scoreless afternoon from the bullpen. Joe Pistacchio struck out four working a scoreless sixth and seventh. Kyle McDorman and Zack Hagaman each worked a shutout inning out of the pen.
Holy Cross built an early lead scoring a pair of unearned runs off of Bucs' starter Andrew Tomasovich (WP, 3-0). He struck out two and walked one as the Bucs made three errors behind him. Centerfielder Brandon Cipolla had an RBI double and an RBI single to get Holy Cross going early.
CSU started to break through some offensively in third as Sam Remick had the Bucs' first base hit, a single sharply hit to center. Murray got some defensive help as Andrew Barry robbed Nate Blanchard of a single, likely saving a run for the Crusaders.
The Bucs struck in the fourth as Ison and Shelton led off the inning with back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 2-1. Shelton would take third on a wild pitch, but Murray battled back to get a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
Ison helped the Bucs add insurance runs late. He added an RBI single in the sixth to score Alex Tomosovich, who doubled to open the inning. Leftfielder Nick Berry yanked a double inside the bag at third to bring Ison around to givethe Bucs a 9-4 lead through six.
Ison added his third double in the ninth, scoring on a sacrifice fly from Berry.
Shelton was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Remick added a 2-for-3 day with two RBI and a run scored.
The two teams play the final game of the series on Monday at 2 p.m.