CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern scored the final five runs to rally past Presbyterian on Senior Day for a 5-2 win at CSU Ballpark.
With the game tied 2-2, Cole Murphy's RBI single scored Sly Edwards in the eighth to jump start a three-run inning for the Buccaneers. Sam Remick and Andrew Widell followed with RBI singles and Denis Buckley picked up his fourth save working a scoreless ninth.
Buc head coach Stuart Lake was glad to see one of the most successful senior classes in CSU history finishes on a positive note.
"I'm happy for all nine of the seniors," Lake said. "Dylan Lee really bounced back and gave us a great start. It was good to see us get it going a little there late and build some momentum heading into the tournament."
CSU (23-28, 10-14 Big South) moves into this week's Big South Conference Championship in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Bucs are the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on the Gardner-Webb campus. The Bucs and Chanticleers did not meet in the regular season.
The Bucs had to rally to finish their regular season with a win.
PC (27-28, 6-18) took a 2-0 on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Ryan Hedrick. A sacrifice fly by Brandon Martin and an RBI double from Billy Montroni off of CSU starter Dylan Lee in the second inning was the Blue Hose' only offense.
PC led 2-0 and CSU was hitless into the sixth, but the Bucs broke through to lead off the sixth and tie the game. Sly Edwards and Bryan Dye had back-to-back singles to spark the rally. Edwards would score on a wild pitch and Dye came home on an RBI groundout from Remick to tie the game, 2-2.
PC starter Tanner Chock worked 5.1 innings and gave up only two hits. He struck out three and walk six.
Lee worked seven innings for CSU, scattering nine hits and striking out four. Chayce Hubbard (W, 4-0) worked the eighth for the Bucs to pick up the win.
Sophomore Nate Blanchard went 0-for-3 and saw his 21-game hitting streak come to an end.
The complete Big South Championship bracket will be announced on Saturday evening.