CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern scored seven runs across the first four innings Wednesday night, but a six-run third and two-run fourth were enough for Lowcountry rival College of Charleston to escape with a 9-7 victory from Patriots Point.
CSU (9-19) got on the board first with a Dante Blakeney infield single in the top of the opening frame then tacked-on two more in the second thanks to RBI doubles from Kyle Horton and Payton Holdsworth for a 3-0 lead. CofC (16-10) had a response as they used four hits and three walks to bring in six runs for a 6-3 lead in a back-and-forth opening third of the ballgame.
The Bucs had a counter punch in the top of the fourth as Jason Miller cleared the bases with a single back up the middle to score two, then a fielding error on centerfielder Chris Graham allowed the third run to score and tie the game again at 6-6. Junior designated hitter Ryan Stoudemire kept the line moving lacing the first pitch he saw and depositing it in the left-center gap for an RBI double and 7-6 Buccaneer lead.
CofC had one more answer in the bottom half scoring two more runs on back-to-back RBI groundouts to retake the lead at 8-7 before adding another and holding on for a 9-7 victory. Brooks Lucas came on in relief for the Cougars to grab the win shutting down the CSU offense after the seven early runs striking out five and walking two across 3.1 innings.
How They Scored
- Four of the Bucs' first five hits were doubles leading to a quick 3-0 lead through just two innings. Dante Blakeney scratched the first run across on an infield single and 1-0 margin before back-to-back RBI doubles from Kyle Horton and Payton Holdsworth gave CSU the 3-0 junpstart.
- CofC got on the board with a six-spot in the third inning that began with a bases-loaded walk followed by a double and two singles and capped with a delayed steal of home on a first-and-third move.
- CSU came back with four-more in the fourth retaking the lead in an early seesaw battle as Jason Miller brought in one with an RBI single, then two more came home as centerfielder Chris Graham let the ball go under his glove to the wall.
- Ryan Stoudemire wasted no time giving CSU the lead back on an RBI double in the gap and 7-6 CSU advantage.
- The Cougars had one more response scoring on back-to-back RBI groundouts to regain the lead at 8-7 before tacking on the final tally in the sixth on a wild pitch.
News and Notes
- Both contests between CSU and CofC at Patriots Point have been back-and-forth contests with each being decided by just two runs each.
- Jason Miller collected his sixth multi-hit game of the season and extended his season-best hit streak to seven games. His RBI also made Miller the fifth Buccaneer with 10-plus runs driven in so far in the 2019 season.
- Payton Holdsworth continues to swing a hot bat as he collected another hit – his eighth in 12 at-bats – and crossed home plate twice for his sixth and seventh runs scored. Holdsworth also worked two walks on the night.
- Freshman catcher Brooks Bryan also collected his third multi-hit game and fourth double of his rookie campaign.
CSU returns to Big South play as they head to High Point for a three-game weekend set beginning Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.