Bucs’ streak ends at seven at The Citadel, 3-2

Bucs’ streak ends at seven at The Citadel, 3-2

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel's Skylar Hunter worked out of a ninth-inning jam to pick up his 10th save and hand Charleston Southern its first loss in two weeks on Tuesday night at Joe Riley Park, 3-2.

The Buccaneers put two runners on in the ninth on a walk to Cole Murphy walk and a single by Brian Dye, but Hunter induced a pair of groundouts to CSU's biggest threat since early in the game.

CSU (19-19) managed only two hits, but took advantage of four Citadel errors to make things interesting late. Pitching kept the Bucs close.

Starter Dylan Lee (L, 1-2) worked seven innings, scattering three hits and surrendering three runs. He struck out 11. Jon Piriz pitched a perfect eighth to give the Bucs a chance in the ninth.

Lee and Piriz combined to retire the final 10 batters of the game for The Citadel.

CSU took a brief 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the first. Nate Blanchard walked and scored on a fielding error by Bulldogs' first baseman Connor Walsh.

The Bulldogs scored two in the first and one in the fourth. RBI singles from Jonathan Stokes and Stephen Windham pushed across runs for the Bulldogs in the first to take a 2-1 lead.

The Bucs tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Brian Dye in the fourth, but The Citadel answered back with an RBI single in the bottom half by Barrett Charpia.

CSU's Chase Shelton was 0-for-4 and remains at 254 career hits, one shy of the CSU record held by Nick Chinners. 

CSU hosts Furman on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.

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