FARMVILLE, Va. - Kyle Vesnesky doubled twice to pace the Charleston Southern offense in Friday afternoon's conference-opening setback at Longwood, 7-2.
The Buccaneers (10-5, 0-1) scored two late runs in the eighth inning off of a pair of Longwood wild pitches to get on the board late. However, two-run innings in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings led Longwood (7-11, 1-0) to the conference win at Charles Buddy Bolding Stadium.
Vesnesky doubled in both the second and the seventh innings to pace the CSU offense, while Jason Miller added a pair of singles in his seventh multi-hit effort in the 2017 season, but the Bucs were unable to put together a string of hits against LWU starter Devin Gould (1-2).
Gould went 7.2 innings allowing six hits and two runs while striking out five in the effort. Travis Riley went an inning in relief before Michael Catlin closed out the contest with the final out.
Cody Maw (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season after going 4.1 innings and surrendering nine hits and five runs (four earned) while striking out three in the loss. Ryan Stoudemire, Evan Nations, Daniel Johnson, and Taylor Cox closed out the contest for the Bucs.
Longwood took advantage of a CSU throwing error in the bottom of the third to push across their first run of the contest. Sammy Miller took advantage of an errant throw on Antwaun Tucker's stolen base attempt to come across the plate and give the Lancers the 1-0 lead. Miller added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double down the right field line scoring Brandon Harvell and Joey Mendez.
Two more came across for the Lancers in the fifth as Michael Osinski scored on a CSU balk, while Nate Blakeney singled in Justin Mitchell to expand the Longwood lead to 5-0.
Osinski added the final two Longwood runs in the contest with a two-run single through the left side, but the Bucs' relay caught him attempting to advance on the play to end the LWU threat.
CSU took two back in the eighth as the Bucs pieced together a pair of hits in the inning. Jason Miller scored on a wild pitch to put the Bucs on the board. Three batters later, Aaron Miller came across on a second LWU wild pitch to pull the Bucs back within two.
Chris Singleton attempted to spark CSU's offense in the final frame and the junior centerfielder picked up his ninth stolen base of the season to advance into scoring position, but that was it for the Bucs in the frame as Catlin recorded the final out to close out the contest.
- Fridays continue to remain unkind for the Buccaneers in the 2017 season. CSU falls to 0-4 in Friday games with the Bucs dropping the series opener for the fourth time this year. The Bucs are 3-1 in overall series after losing their opener in 2017, rallying to come back and top Delaware State and VCU at the CSU Ballpark.
- Kyle Vesnesky's two-double afternoon was the fourth time this season the Buccaneers have had a player double twice in a game. Nate Blanchard doubled twice in the same inning on March 5 against Hofstra, while Brandon Gragilla and Mike Sconzo both doubled twice in CSU's 6-5 win over FIU on March 11.
- Mike Sconzo's season-high 11 game on-base streak came to an end on Friday afternoon as the junior catcher went hitless in five at-bats in the contest. Brandon Gragilla reached double-digits in the game with his eighth-inning single to extend his streak to 10 games.
Tomorrow's Probable Starters
RHP Nik Constantakos (1-0, 2.74 ERA) is projected to take the mound for the Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon. RHP Cody Wager (2-2, 6.63 ERA) is Longwood's projected starter for the contest.
First pitch between CSU and Longwood is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday at Charles Buddy Bolding Stadium.