Charleston Southern's Tory Schroff finished off Friday night's continued game with eight innings of shutout work to lift the Bucs to a 1-0 win in the opener of a Big South doubleheader on Saturday against Presbyterian. PC took game two, 8-4, as the Bucs played a complete game under their new lights for the first time.
Schroff (WP, 5-2) seemed to preserve the momentum from an electric atmosphere on Friday night to give the Bucs their first shutout of the season. He recorded the final 25 outs after starter Ryan Gunther pitched to two batters before storms set in on Friday.
"Tory Schroff was dominant," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said of his starter following the weekend opening win. "I'm thrilled for him to get the win after what he has given us at times when he hasn't won. He also gave us the win coming off of that first night game, even though it finished during the day, but it was a good start. "
The Bucs move to 16-23 overall and 6-8 Big South play, while PC is now 21-19 and 8-6. The two teams meet again on Sunday at 2 p.m. in a pivotal series finale.
Game 1 – Charleston Southern 1, Presbyterian 0 Schroff controlled things for 8.1 innings coming on to replace Gunther, who faced two batters on Friday night. He struck out six and allowed only six hits to roll through Presbyterian.
Counting Friday's four minutes of action, the two teams played in an hour and 37 minutes, one of the fastest games of the college season.
The Bucs scored their only run in the third as Bobby Ison singled home Robbie Streett to give CSU its final advantage. Jaren Sustar was thrown out trying to score on the play as CSU piled up three singles and a walk in the inning, but came away only with the lone run.
Presbyterian's Beau Dees (LP, 5-3) was outstanding in taking the loss, striking out four and holding CSU to only four hits.
Game 2 – Presbyterian 8, Charleston Southern 4 The Blue Hose raced to a seven-run lead and held off a number of CSU rally attempts in an 8-4 win in game two.
PC got to Bucs' starter Kevin Buran (LP, 2-7) early, taking advantage of four walks to score four early runs. They added four runs in the fifth as a costly error produced three unearned runs.
The Blue Hose Brad Zebedis had an RBI double and starter Chandler Knox (WP, 3-4) scattered nine hits over seven innings to get the win.
Ison had an RBI double for the Bucs in the second inning and Chase Shelton had an RBI single in the sixth to lead the CSU offense. Both had two hits in the game.