ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville used a pair of timely two-run homeruns while keeping Charleston Southern off the board in RBI chances to salvage a game in the series 11-4 Saturday in Big South baseball action.
Junior shortstop Javon Martin collected his third home run over the past eight days and senior catcher Jack DeLongchamps had a two-hit afternoon, but UNC Asheville's (13-25, 8-10 Big South) timely longballs cut the Buccaneer (16-27, 6-12 Big South) momentum.
Jake Madole got UNC Asheville on the board first with a two-run shot to left and 2-0 lead, then added another in the second for a 3-0 margin before Martin's two-run big fly to left. That was as close as the Bucs would get though, as the Bulldogs used another two-run homer from Brandon Lankford to make it 6-2 at the time then added four in the seventh.
Ryan Stoudemire also went yard in the loss igniting a ninth-inning two-out rally, his team-leading ninth of the season becoming the first Buccaneer with 30-plus RBI's.
CSU's doubleheader sweep Thursday secured the series win and made it back-to-back such weekends with a series victory.
How They Scored
- UNC Asheville scored the first three runs of the day highlighted by their first of two home runs as Jake Madole hit a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the first before the Bulldogs tacked-on one more in the second.
- Reigning Big South Player of the Week Javon Martin got in on the yardwork with his own two-run shot to left bringing CSU within 3-2 in the third inning. The two-run blast was Martin's third over the past eight days after a two-homer weekend versus Gardner-Webb.
- The Bulldogs took over from there scoring the next eight runs highlighted by a second two-run shot from Brandon Lankford in the fifth then four in the seventh to put it out of reach.
- Ryan Stoudemire took a 2-0 pitch from JP Perez and deposited it over the left field fence bringing the score to 11-4 where it would stand.
- Jason Miller and Max Ryerson followed Stoudemire's shot with singles of their own to keep the game and rally alive, but a fly ball to left field ended the game keeping the Bucs from collecting the sweep.
News and Notes
- Both teams hit a pair of two-run home runs on the day with the Bulldogs going deep in the first and fifth innings and CSU going yard in the third and ninth.
- All four Buccaneer tallies came via the longball Saturday with Javon Martin collecting his third and Ryan Stoudemire extending his team-high to nine on the season.
- Jack DeLongchamps collected two-more hits on the day for a team-high while Jason Miller and Max Ryerson each collected knocks in the ninth.
- Miller's single and walk kept his on-base streak alive making it 22-straight contests reaching first base safely.
- CSU also won back-to-back Big South series over Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville heading into the exam break as they head to preseason favorite Campbell to open the final three weekends of the season over the first week of May.
The Bucs play one more midweek game Tuesday night versus SEC and national power South Carolina in a neutral site affair at SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C. – home of the Augusta Green Jackets. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. on SECN+. The Bucs then get nine days off for exams before diving back into Big South play at preseason favorite Campbell May 3 on ESPN3.