CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern scored five runs in its first two at-bats to take control early in a 12-1 win over George Washington on Sunday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
CSU (10-10) improved to 5-1 at CSU Ballpark this season, while GW falls to 8-12 overall.
The Buccaneers scored seven more runs in the seventh, but the fast start was all CSU needed behind starter Daniel Johnson (W, 3-2). Johnson worked seven strong innings, giving up only five hits and a walk to cruise with a lead.
Ryan Maksim's two-run single in the first helped CSU take a quick 3-0 lead. The Bucs scored all of their runs with two outs. A bases-loaded walk to Mason McClellan, one of three in the inning, scored the Bucs' other run final run in the first.
Nate Blanchard belted an RBI triple and scored on a Sly Edwards' single in the second as the Bucs built a 5-0 lead. CSU Head Coach Stuart Lake felt like his team looked ready for conference play following their final weekend, non-conference tune up.
"Today was big," Lake said. "This is a good series win against a well-coached team at a good time, heading into conference play. To respond from really playing poorly on Friday night and come back out here, score early runs and ride Johnson, makes me feel pretty good going into conference play." CSU piled up 13 hits and 10 RBI, led by three from Maksim.
Brandon Burris's two-run single and error cleared the bases during the seven-run seventh. GW centerfielder Joey Bartosic let Burris' rocket roll between his legs, letting Cole Murphy and the fleet Burris race all the way home on the play to push the lead to its final margin.
Mason McClellan was 2-for-3 and had a pair of RBI, one coming in the seventh. Blanchard and Edwards each had three hits, scored twice, and added an RBI.
CSU travels to Jacksonville on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch before opening a three-game Big South Conference series on Thursday night with Campbell at CSU Ballpark.