By Harrison Huntley, CSU Media Relations
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern baseball team recently completed their fall practice season with the Blue & Gold World Series, which concluded on Sunday at CSU Ballpark. Assistant coaches Stew Brase and Sam Remick drafted and managed the Bucs' Blue and Gold teams in three 7-inning games.
The Blue team won the series in three games, winning the first game 3-0, losing the second 5-2, and winning the rubber match 4-2.
In Game 1, a 3-0 win for the Blue, sophomore LHP Daniel Johnson pitched 4.1 scoreless innings while striking out seven. RHP Jamison Mobbs shut the door in relief, working 2.2 innings and keeping the shutout in tact. Sophomore infielder Mason McClellan played a big role in the Blue team's offense. He reached on a walk and a fielder's choice, and came around to score both times.
In Game 2, the Gold team scored four runs in the second to seize control early and even the series. Bryan Dye and Sly Edwards started the inning with back-to-back singles with Kevin Hickey's sacrifice fly bringing in the first run. Adam Andrews and Zuriel Collins also scored in the inning. The Blue team brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Chayce Hubbard save knotted the series at 1-1.
In Game 3, RHP Evan Raynor treated the Blue team to another stellar pitching performance, tossing a one-hit shutout through six innings. All the offense for Blue came in the fifth inning as the Blue scored four ties, nearly batting around. Two runs came from Cole Murphy's line drive single to center field. In the seventh, the Gold team had the tying run on with one out, but freshman LHP Dustin Lander came through in the clutch and got two big strikeouts to win the game and the series.
Head Coach Stuart Lake was impressed with his team's performance, even if they were defensive battles.
"That's what we're going to be, a team that plays good defense and throws strikes" Lake said. "We'll hit more than be did tonight, but I think that's the kind of team we're going to be. To play low scoring games, you have to have pitching."
Lake also said he's excited about his pitching staff – anchored by Raynor - for the upcoming season.
"Daniel (Johnson) had a great summer in the Valley league and I'm really excited for the spring with him," said Lake. "Getting Evan (Raynor) back is as good as any recruit we could have got. I thought we may lose him as a junior (to the MLB draft). 20 our of 22 first pitch strikes…If you score that guy four runs, you're going to win a lot of games."
Charleston Southern now turns its focus to the spring. The Bucs open practice in early January in preparations for the 2016 season. The Bucs' schedule will be released in the coming weeks.