DURHAM, N.C. - Charleston Southern freshman Eddie Hiott notched his first career victory, and teamed with six other pitchers to toss a six-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over North Carolina Central on Wednesday at Durham Central Park.
Hiott (1-1), Kyle Dyson and Alex Ministeri threw two innings apiece of scoreless ball, with multiple strikeouts, to start the night for CSU (17-29). Will Hartsell recorded his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to give the Bucs a midweek road win as they prepare for a three-game Senior Day weekend series with nationally ranked Coastal Carolina.
CSU manufactured the game's only run in the first inning against NCCU (24-28) starter Christian Gonnelli (3-5). Chris Singleton was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a Gonnelli throwing error, and crossed the plate when Sly Edwards laced an opposite field RBI single.
Hiott turned away one of NCCU's best scoring chances in the second by striking out consecutive batters with runners at the corners and one out.
CSU's defense cut down the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh with Cody Smith on the mound. Zachary Marszal tried to score on Conrad Kovalcik's double to center field, but Ryan Maksim fired a strong relay throw to Mike Sconzo at the plate for the out.
Sconzo and shortstop Cole Murphy also had hits in the win for CSU. CSU pitchers combined for ten strikeouts. Gonnelli was tagged with the hard-luck loss after allowing only an unearned run on three hits over seven innings. Kovalcik and Trevor Theissen each rapped two hits for NCCU.
CSU opens its series with Coastal Carolina on Friday at CSU Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.