NCCU rallies past Buccaneers in 10th, 12-10

NCCU rallies past Buccaneers in 10th, 12-10

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Cory Williamson's two-out single in the 10th inning broke a 10-10 tie and propelled North Carolina Central to a 12-10 win over Charleston Southern in 10 innings on Wednesday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. 

CSU falls to 8-6 overall, while NCCU improves to 6-8. 

Williamson's single tipped just off the glove of Bucs' diving centerfielder Brandon Burris to drive home Conrad Kovalcik and Ronald Thompson with the game's two winning runs. 

The Buccaneers led 10-6 after a wild first four innings, but the Eagles' bullpen held CSU scoreless over their final six at-bats to set up the rally. Reliever Andre Vernon (WP, 2-1) worked the final three innings to get the win, while Jon Figueroa and Kyle Shields both had scoreless outings for the Eagles. 

The Buccaneers outhit NCCU, 15-14, but all of CSU's offensive damage and scoring came early. 
CSU batted around and struck for seven runs in the fourth to build a 10-6 lead. Brandon Burris had two bunt singles and Nate Blanchard added another as the Bucs piled up six hits in the inning. 
Chase Shelton's would-be double play ball took a bad hop and went off the shoulder of NCCU shortstop Trevor Theissen and into left center for a 2-run single to keep the big inning alive. Andrew Widell and Chris Singleton each had a sacrifice fly to drive in runs. 

Six Eagles had a multi-hit game, led by three each from Williamson and Theissen. Three different players also had three RBI in the game for NCCU. 

Junior Brandon Burris was 4-for-6 for the Bucs and scored twice. Shelton added a 3-for-6 day with a pair of RBI and a run scored.

Reliever Austin Weekley (LP, 1-1) came on to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, but took the loss in the 10th. 

The Bucs issued eight walks including four over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Charleston Southern opens Big South play on Friday with a weekend series at UNC Asheville.

-CSU-

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