CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh – all with two outs – to rally from a three-run deficit and seize a sweep of Garner-Webb with a 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
CSU (16-18, 6-6 Big South) had 14 hits in the game, but was scoreless until breaking through with six hits and all of their runs in the seventh. Jack Crittenberger's pinch-hit single off of reliever Brad Haymes (L, 1-2) plated Cole Murphy with the decisive run.
Chase Shelton was 4-for-4 and Cole Murphy added a 3-for-4 day to keep the pressure on Gardner-Webb and repeatedly give the Buccaneers scoring chances. Fittingly, they both had RBI singles in the seventh to spark the Bucs' scoring. Shelton had his best series of the year going 8-for-11 over the three games.
"It seemed like Shelton and Murphy had one of those days," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said following the win. "They really carried us, and give a lot of credit to (Crittenberger). He waited three full games to get in there and swing the bat, but he came up big for us in the seventh. I'm proud of how our guys stuck with it offensively."
Reliever Denis Buckley (W, 1-2) came on with the two on in the seventh to keep the lead at 3-0. He sat down all seven batters he faced, striking out two, to get his first win of the season. He retired all three batters he faced on Friday night to give the Bucs a save in the opener.
"(Buck) has been big for us out of the bullpen," Lake said. " He wanted to be a starter, but in the role he's in now, he has a chance to get into two or three games on a weekend. He came through for us in a big way twice this weekend."
The Bucs' rally ruined a strong start by G-W's Mitch Warner, who issued no walks and left with a 3-0 lead. He surrendered nine hits and two earned runs.
Gardner-Webb (17-19, 5-10) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning with some timely hitting. A two-out single by Ryan Hodge scored Luke Kasemeyer, who also had an RBI single in the inning. A passed ball and wild pitch from Bucs' starter Kyle McDorman contributed to an unearned run. McDorman worked 6.2 innings, allowing just five hits and three walks.
Brian Dye and Sam Remick both added two hits for the Bucs. Dye had a pop-up find a hole in right-center to score the game-tying run in the seventh.
The Bucs outhit the Runnin' Bulldogs, 14-5.
J.D. Huggins was 2-for-2 to lead Gardner-Webb.
CSU plays only once this week. The Bucs host Savannah State on Wednesday. First pitch is at 6 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.