Shelton’s breaks CSU’s career hits mark; Bucs explode against Furman, 16-11

Shelton’s breaks CSU’s career hits mark; Bucs explode against Furman, 16-11

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Chase Shelton was a perfect 4-for-4 and became Charleston Southern's career hits leader as the Buccaneers outslugged Furman, 16-11, on Wednesday night at CSU Ballpark. 

Shelton singled in his first two at-bats and passed Nick Chinners (2008-'11) for the top spot on CSU's career list with a single to lead off the third inning, his 256th career hit. 

Bucs' head coach Stuart Lake has coached the four top names on the CSU career hits list (Alex Tomasovich and Bobby Ison) and knows Shelton is very deserving of his place in the Bucs' record books. 

"Chase has meant so much to this program," Lake said following the game. "He was one of our earliest recruits. When guys like Chase and Bobby (Ison) started coming here from successful high school teams, we started changing as a program. I'm very proud of Chase. To pass a great player like Nick Chinners, and Bobby, and Alex are up there, that's been a great group of hitters to come through here." 

Shelton had his second four-hit game in the last 10 days and cleared the bases with a three-run double in the sixth. He reached in all five at-bats and scored three runs to spark one of the Bucs' best offensive games of the season, and they needed it following a slow start. 

CSU (20-19) fell behind 5-0 in the first, only to score 16 of the next 17 runs to move back above .500. The CSU offense piled up 19 hits for their second-highest total of the season. The Bucs scored four runs in the first and third innings, and added seven in the sixth to build a 16-6 lead. 

"Even though it didn't start out the way we planned, I'm very proud of our offense," Lake added. "Shelton, Brian Dye, and those guys had some good at-bats early and Streett had a big home run to get the lead right back. Then I felt we were alright." 

Reliever Jon Piriz (W, 1-0) came on in the first to settle the Bucs down after falling behind 5-0 before recording an out. He worked three scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the season. 

Brian Dye and Robbie Streett added big nights for the Bucs. 

Dye had a career-high four hits, going 4-for-6 with four RBI.

Streett laced a two-run single in the first to get CSU right back in the game. He added a towering two-run home run in the third to give the Bucs their first lead. He finished with a game-high five RBI. 

Furman's Blake Chisolm was 3-for-4, scored twice, and added two RBI. Cameron Whitehead hit a three-run home run in the first to give the Paladins their early lead. 

CSU hosts Winthrop this weekend in Big South Conference play. First pitch of Friday's opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. 

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