SAVANNAH, Ga. – Two ninth-inning errors by Charleston Southern led to two unearned runs, giving Savannah State a 4-3 win over the visiting Buccaneers at Tiger Field on Tuesday afternoon.
CSU led 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but reliever Denis Buckley's throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt set up the decisive runs in scoring position for the Tigers. Buckley (L, 0-2) retired the next two batters he faced, but a wild pitch knotted the score at 3-3.
The game appeared to be headed to extra innings, when Buccaneers second baseman Ryan Maxsim mishandled a Hector Benitez ground ball, allowing Brian Miller to scamper home with the winning run.
CSU (12-18) scored three runs in the second inning and starter Dylan Lee worked into the ninth inning to put the Bucs in position to win. Lee, who did not factor into the decision, gave up eight hits, but had eight strikeouts and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point after a choppy start. Lee worked 8.1 innings, the longest outing of his career.
The Bucs had six hits in the game, three coming during the three-run second inning. Chase Shelton tripled into the right-field corner to score the Bucs' first two runs and Sam Remick added a sacrifice fly as CSU took an early 3-1 lead. Kevin Hickey and Brian Dye both had hits in the innings to get the CSU offense going.
Savannah State's Harrison Moore was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Shelton was 1-for-3 with two RBI for the Bucs.
CSU travels to Clemson on Wednesday. First pitch is at 4 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.