CHARLESTON, S.C. – Starter Evan Raynor picked up his fourth win of the season and Alex Ministeri pitched two scoreless innings to lead Charleston Southern to a 3-1 in the opener of a doubleheader with George Washington on Friday at CSU Ballpark. G-W rallied to take the nightcap, 10-5.
CSU moves to 9-10 on the season and 4-1 at CSU Ballpark. George Washington is 8-11 overall. The teams opted for a doubleheader on Friday with heavy rains forecast for Saturday. Sunday's series finale is still set for 1 p.m.
Game 1 – CSU 3, George Washington 1
Raynor (4-1) struck out five and worked seven strong innings, while Ministeri (S, 1) retired all six batters he faced to shut the door on a 3-1 win. The duo combined for seven strikeouts and only one walk to make short work of G-W. The game lasted only two hours.
CSU pieced together three runs with solid base-running and the help of two G-W errors.
The Bucs took advantage of a sloppy second inning by the Colonials to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Maksim singled down the right field line and took second as right fielder Andrew Shelby bobbled the ball. Maksim would race home on a passed ball for the game's first run.
The Bucs took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a double by Brandon Burris and an RBI single by Nate Blanchard. CSU added an insurance run in the seventh on a single by Cole Murphy and an RBI double from Mike Sconzo. Murphy dove home safekly just ahead of the relay to put the game out of reach for Ministrei.
Starter Bobby LaWarne (L, 2-1) took the loss but pitched well for G-W. He scattered eight hits and struck out six in eight innings. Catcher Brandon Chapman was 3-for-4 with and scored G-W's only run.
Maksim and Edwards had two hits each to lead the Bucs.
Game 2 – George Washington 10, CSU 5
George Washington scored eight runs over its final five at-bats to take the nightcap, 10-5. Colonial first baseman Bobby Campbell hit a solo home run and was 3-for-4 with four RBI in the win. G-W outhit the Bucs, 13-8.
The Colonials scored four runs in the fifth to build a 6-4 lead the Bucs wouldn't overcome after a back-and-forth first few innings. Campbell's two-run single was the big blow in the frame.
The Bucs filled the bases throughout, but could never get the swing they needed to turn the game. CSU left 12 runners on in the loss.
Four G-W relievers combined to hold the Bucs to three hits and a lone run in the eighth. Chance Malek (W, 2-0) picked up the win for G-W, working 1.1 and striking out two. Eddie Muhl (S, 5) picked up his fifth save, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.
Brandon Burris was 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice to lead the CSU attack. Ryan Maksim added a 2-for-5 night.
Starter Jon Piriz (L, 0-3) gave up six earned runs in 4.2 innings.