CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern offense looked right at home at CSU Ballpark.
The Buccaneers piled up a season-high 17 hits and held UMass scoreless over the final five innings to sweep the Minutemen with a 12-8 win on Sunday at CSU Ballpark.
Alex Ministeri and Cayce Hubbard denied UMass any late-inning drama. They held the Minutemen without a hit and only surrendered a walk over the final three innings.
Adam Andrew (W, 1-0) worked 1.2 scoreless, but Tyler Pickard came on with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth to get the key out of the game. He battled back from 3-0 to strikeout Brett Evangelista in a one-run game.
UMass took a 1-0 lead in the first off of starter Jon Piriz behind a leadoff triple from Evangelista.
CSU answered back in a big way in the first with six hits and a walk to take a 5-1 lead.
The first five Bucs reached off of UMass starter Justin Lasko. RBI singles by Cole German, Chris Singleton, Ryan Maksim, and Mike Sconzo fueled CSU's biggest innings this season. Bryan Dyeadded an RBI double inside the bag at first to get the Bucs' offense rolling.
UMass scored three runs - two unearned - off of Piriz in the second to start the back-and-forth.
Blanchard tripled and scored in the fifth to give CSU the lead for good at 9-8. The Bucs added an insurance run when he singled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.
Mike Hart and Dylan Morris both had three hits for UMass. Reliever Ryan Venditti (L, 0-1) gave up three earned runs in 4.2 innings of work, taking the loss for UMass.
CSU plays twice this midweek. The Bucs host North Carolina Central on Tuesday and USC Upstate on Wednesday. Both games are at 6 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.