Bucs drop heartbreaker to Asheville in extras, 9-8

Bucs drop heartbreaker to Asheville in extras, 9-8

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Asheville's Joe Tietjen singled in Pete Guy with two outs in the top of the 10th, and UNC Asheville took advantage of a controversial double play in the bottom of the frame to post a 9-8 win over Charleston Southern and clinch the weekend's Big South series. 

Nate Blanchard led off Buccaneer half of the 10th with his fourth hit of the game to put the tie run on base. Brandon Burris bunted in front of the plate and did not initially run, thinking the ball had hit him while still in the batter's box. The ball was ruled fair and the Bulldogs were able to turn a double play, and UNCA wrapped up the win when Eric Whitecavage struck out Sly Edwards

The Bucs (14-21, 2-9 Big South) rallied from a 7-2 deficit and eventually tied it in the eighth when Chris Singleton dropped an RBI double just inside the left field line. CSU had a chance to win it in the ninth when Mason McClellan singled and pinch runner Zuriel Collins advanced to third before Cole Murphy lined out to center. 

Cody Maw (0-1) worked 4.2 innings of stellar relief for the Bucs, allowing only three hits and striking out four before being touched up for the game-winning run in the 10th. Nick Boyles allowed one hit in 1.1 innings and earned the win, and Whitecavage picked up his second save of the season. 

McClellan finished with three hits and Blanchard reached base all six times, adding two walks to his three singles and double. McClellan homered and two errors allowed CSU to score four times in the bottom of the fourth to pull the Bucs within 7-6 after the Bulldogs (12-24, 4-7) tallied six times in the top of the inning. 

CSU fell behind 1-0 in the third but took its only lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. The Bucs bunched together four hits, including a run-scoring single by Edwards and an error, to take a 2-1 lead. 

The Bucs will look to salvage the final game of the series when the teams conclude their series on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

-CSU-

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