CSU wins rubber game against Presbyterian
CHARLESTON, SC –Charleston Southern Baseball picked up a crucial series victory over foe Big South Presbyterian on Sunday night, winning the rubber game 8-2 at Nielsen Field. The win keeps Charleston Southern in contention for the sixth and final Big South Tournament spot with only one weekend series remaining in the conference regular season. Charleston Southern (18-25, 10-11 Big South) was first to score in the contest for the first time in the series as Jared Payne hit a shot at third to score Hogan McIntosh and give the Bucs the first lead in the second. Presbyterian (22-24, 9-9 Big South) needed no time to respond, as a double from Jeremiah Boyd down the line on the left scored Dalton Reeves to level things at one apiece in the third .
The third frame was also beneficial for the Bucs in response, as it was Payne again going up big. Ryan Waldschmidt started the noise with a single down the middle to score Connor Carter before Payne’s single to left center scored Waldschmidt and Tyrell Brewer. The advantage would go to Charleston Southern and would not change hands the rest of the way.
The Buccaneers found three more runs in the fifth stanza to blow things up and take full rubber control of the game. Casey Asman’s single down the right side was good for two runs as he tackled Waldschmidt and Brewer before a Nick Rodriguez single scored Payne to complete the score.
Presbyterian would last score in the sixth frame on a double from Jack Gorman, but would be offset by a sacrificial fly from Peyton Mills in the eighth to score Sam Low, who came on as a pinch runner a game before, for score the final run for either team.
Ryan Gleason (W, 1-0) wins his first decision of the year after going 3.1 innings and holding Presbyterian to just one unearned run on three hits and four punches. It was an all-around performance by the Charleston Southern pitching team, as five different arms pitched in the afternoon. Chandler Woolridge went 2.1 innings and allowed only one, while Dylan King and Corey Braun each went one inning without allowing a run. Connor Yoder was also a big hit in the streak, recording four outs while allowing just two hits. Luke Matthews (L, 2-5) took the loss for Presbyterian, getting the start and getting just eight outs while giving up three earned on two hits and five free passes. Ryan Folts was the only Blue Hose pitcher who did not give up a run in the contest. IN THE BOX “Presbyterian are a good team, and I have to give full credit to the staff and the players,” the head coach said. Marc MacMillan. “We put in some quality training in the two weeks leading up to the weekend. Gleason’s 3+ IPs are a compliment to his attitude and work ethic. Along with Woolridge, King, Yoder and Braun, he gave us what we needed and more today. Offensively, we faced players from 13 positions; got the timely shots to accompany six walks and an HBP to set up all eight runs. We’re going to take advantage now and get back to training on Tuesday. NEXT The head coach Marc MacMillanThe team will head to Chapel Hill to face Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina in a non-conference affair midweek. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. from Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium.
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