FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood's Aaron Myers struck out ten batters over eight innings of one-run work as the Lancers downed Charleston Southern, 4-1, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Buddy Bolding Stadium.
CSU (10-10, 2-2 Big South) received another strong effort from ace left-hander Andrew Tomasovich (LP – 4-2), who allowed only two runs on eight hits in six innings. The Bucs could muster only a run on a seventh inning sacrifice fly by Robbie Streett, though, and came up empty with the tying run at the plate twice in the ninth.
Longwood (9-11, 1-3 Big South) center fielder Colton Konvicka sparked a two-run first inning with a triple and added an RBI double as the Lancers tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth. Konvicka finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace Longwood to its third straight win.
CSU and Longwood play game two of their series on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a contest broadcast on the Big South Network.
Konvicka tripled to right-center field to lead off Longwood's bottom half of the first, and crossed the plate on a Travis Biddix sacrifice fly. The Lancers added a two-out run in the frame, as Kyri Washington singled, stole second base and came around on a Connar Bastaich RBI single.
Tomasovich allowed the first two Lancers to reach base in the fourth, but worked his way out of trouble to keep the Bucs' deficit at 2-0.
Longwood put its first two men on base in the fifth and loaded the bases in the sixth, but could not push across anything further on Tomasovich. He found his way out of the sixth inning by inducing a fielder's choice.
After Tomasovich worked out of the bases loaded jam in the sixth, CSU got on the scoreboard in the seventh. Singles by Cole Murphy and Chris Singleton put runners on the corners with one out, before Streett powered a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Murphy and make it a 2-1 game.
CSU junior Chayce Hubbard kept the score at 2-1 in the seventh inning, but he and Daniel Johnson allowed a run each in the eighth as Longwood padded its lead. Konvicka smacked his second extra-base hit of the night to score the first run, doubling to right field to push the Lancers' advantage to 3-1. He then scored himself on Jon Piriz's wild pitch with two outs.