CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern got a strong outing from starting pitcher Cody Maw, but a five-run sixth from College of Charleston gave the Cougars a 7-5 win in the first matchup of 2019 between crosstown rivals Wednesday night.
CSU (1-3) saw a three-hit, three-RBI night from first baseman Ryan Stoudemire, including a solo home run that tied it in the seventh, but seven runs across the sixth, seventh and eighth innings pushed CofC (4-0) to the win.
The Bucs got on the board early thanks to a two-out rally and CofC error allowing Jason Miller to reach then score on an RBI knock from Max Ryerson. CSU added on for a 3-0 lead behind Stoudemire's two-run single, his first of three runs driven in Wednesday.
The Cougars jumpstarted a rally in the sixth after a leadoff walk and double put two men in scoring position and nobody out, forcing Maw out of the game. CofC then pushed across five runs, four of them unearned on their way to a 5-3 lead through six frames.
CSU was able to respond with a two-run seventh, but the Cougars tacked on two more across the seventh and eighth for the 7-5 margin.
How It Happened
- CSU drew first blood for the fourth time this season turning a two-out CofC throwing error into an unearned run. Jason Miller reached on the error, advanced on a wild pitch then scored after back-to-back singles from Ryan Stoudemire and Max Ryerson.
- Over the first two frames, CSU forced CofC starter Noah Hinzman to throw 60 pitches while collecting five hits. Those two innings forced a pitching change from the Cougars as Hinzman could only make it through the lineup once.
- CSU added on to their lead with a quick two-run fifth as Josh Litchfield and Reid Hardwick reached on a single and hit-by-pitch before Jason Miller laid down a sacrifice bunt and Ryan Stoudemire brought in both runs on an RBI single.
- Buccaneer starter Cody Maw tossed a gem retiring 10-straight Cougars across the first four innings allowing just a single and one base runner on an error in those first four frames.
- CofC had a chance to get back into the game following CSU's two-run fifth, but Maw worked around a leadoff walk and double to toss another scoreless frame and keep the momentum in the Buccaneer dugout.
- The Cougars responded with a five-run sixth with only one coming as an earned run.
- CSU responded with a two-run seventh after Litchfield walked, stole a base and advanced on an error. He then scored on a wild pitch before junior two-way player Ryan Stoudemire tied the game with a solo home run.
- CofC pushed across the final run of the night after a leadoff walk and stolen base, then RBI single from Chaz Davey.
- The Bucs had a chance to tie or take the lead with two men on and two down in the ninth, but a strikeout ended the rally.
News and Notes
- CSU scored first in Wednesday's contest, making it four-straight they struck first. CSU also scored a run in the first inning for the second-straight contest.
- Ryan Stoudemire became the third Buccaneer with a three-hit game as he also drove in a team-high 3 RBI's while hitting a solo home run in the seventh.
- Josh Litchfield extended his hit streak to begin the season picking up two and scoring two runs in the loss.
- Both Stoudemire and Litchfield begin their 2019 campaigns above .400 at the plate with Litchfield scoring a team-best four runs and Stoudemire driving in five thus far.
CSU returns home to CSU Ballpark for a weekend set with Georgia State as Friday will mark the debut of Buccaneer baseball on ESPN+. First pitch Friday night is slated for 6 p.m.