CHARLESTON, S.C. – Tyler Weekley tossed a complete game five-hitter in the opener and the Bucs exploded for four runs in the first inning to control game two as Charleston Southern swept a doubleheader from Toledo on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. The Bucs took game one, 2-1, and followed with a 6-3 win in the nightcap.
The Buccaneers improve to 12-4 overall and 12-2 at CSU Ballpark, while Toledo falls to 4-8. The two teams play the series finale tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Game 1 – CSU 2, Toledo 1
CSU freshman Tyler Weekley took a shutout into the ninth in his first career start to carry the Bucs to a 2-1 win in the series opener.
Weekley (WP, 3-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 24 innings to open his season and career before giving up a solo home run in the ninth. He allowed five hits and struck out five in the first complete game of the season for the Bucs' staff.
"(Weekley) took advantage of getting the opportunity to start on the weekend for us with Tory (Schroff) resting," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said of Weekley's start. "He goes out and gives us a huge outing against a good team. I guess you have to say it's a pretty good (scoreless streak). I don't think I've ever seen one like that out of a young guy. He continues to show you things that impress. The guy made a great swing to hit the home run and then he comes back and makes a good pitch to get the final out."
The game took only an hour and 28 minutes. Both pitchers cruised through the game's first six innings.
The teams were scoreless into the seventh until Chase Shelton doubled to left in front of diving left fielder Jacob North to give either team its first real scoring threat. Zach Hagaman's RBI single scored the game's first run. Will Hartsell would add an RBI single to score Andrew Widell , who also singled in the inning.
First baseman Tyler Baar put an end to the shutout in the ninth with a solo home run to right field, but Weekley got catcher James Miglin to pop out two pitches later to end the game.
Third baseman Alex Tomasovich was 2-for-4 to lead the Bucs' offense, which outhit Toledo, 7-5.
Game 2 – CSU 6, Toledo 3
The Buccaneers scored four runs in the first inning and shutout Toledo over the final six innings as CSU won game two, 6-3.
Starter Levi Mauldin (WP, 2-1) struck out five and surrendered two earned runs as he worked into the seventh inning for his second win. Relievers Denis Buckley and Zack Hagaman set the table for Austin Weekley's fourth save as CSU claimed its fourth series win to open the season.
"With Tory off this weekend it was good to see Levi go out and pitch well and get us into the seventh," Lake said. "Buckley comes in and is effective. We wanted to get Hagaman in against the lefties, and then Austin comes in, just like he does everyday, and throws strikes and makes them put the ball in play."
The Bucs led 4-0 after an inning as Bobby Ison and Alex Tomasovich both singled to open the game and CSU batted around in the first inning.
"We got a big break there when he walked in the first run," Lake said of the fast start. "We had some quality at-bats to put the pressure on. It was nice to get that early lead and not have to be stressed. It gave us a little bit of room for error."
Ison and Tomasovich, who combined for four of the Bucs' seven hits in game two, both reached again to lead off the second as CSU added a run on a sacrifice fly from Chase Shelton.
"Those two guys are the starters for us," Lake said. "They had some great at-bats, it seems like Alex is always six or seven pitches. When they're on base, it becomes difficult to pitch."
The top of the CSU lineup started things quickly for the Bucs in the nightcap. Alex Tomasovich and Bobby Ison smoked back-to-back singles as the first two batters reached. Ison beat out a throw on a force play at second to load the bases, and things began to go CSU's way.
Zack Hagaman drew an RBI walk and Andrew Widell picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch as starter Kyle Slack (LP, 0-3) hurt his own cause early. Second baseman Will Hartsell followed with an RBI single as CSU stretched its lead to 4-0.
Toledo shaved a run off the lead in the second as an error on a sacrifice bunt led to an unearned run.
CSU pushed the lead right back to four on a sacrifice fly from Shelton to score Ison in the second and make it 5-1.
Toledo cut the lead to 5-3 on a two-run homer from Dan Zuchowski. Mauldin settled down following the home run and retired the next 10 batters he faced to notch a win in his longest start of the season.
Left fielder Nick Berry capped the scoring for the Bucs with CSU longest hit of the year. Berry belted his third home run of the season into the trees beyond the left field fence for the game's final run.
First baseman Tyler Barr led Toledo with a 3-for-4 afternoon in the loss.