Three errors led to seven unearned runs and the miscues were too much to overcome as Charleston Southern dropped its third straight game on Sunday, falling to North Florida, 9-1.
Charleston Southern, now 5-6 on the season, begins a six-game home stand this Tuesday against Savannah State at 2 p.m. The game opens a six-game home stand for the Bucs. CSU also hosts College of Charleston on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The Buccaneers tallied 10 hits in the loss, marking the fourth consecutive outing of at least 10 hits. The offense, however, mustered only one run, that coming in the top of the ninth when junior Brian Welch belted his first homerun of the season.
Welch, serving as the designated hitter, finished the day with three hits. Senior leftfielder John Faircloth added two hits for the Bucs. Chase Shelton, Bobby Ison, Harrison Wilkins, Jaren Sustar and Drew Woodall each had one hit for CSU.
Kevin Buran took the loss on the mound for CSU, dropping to 0-3 on the season. Buran allowed six hits and six runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings of work. Austin Weekley and Joe Pistacchio worked in relief for CSU.
North Florida took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and added a run in the fifth. The wheels fell off for CSU in the bottom of the sixth as North Florida capitalized on mistakes and walks to plate six runs, taking an 8-0 lead.
North Florida added a run in the seventh before Welch's dinger helped CSU avoid its first shutout loss of the 2013 campaign.