Charleston Southern's Bobby Ison hit a three run walk-offhome run in the 10th inning of game one to cap a Bucs come-from-behind win, 8-5,against visiting Siena on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. The Bucs finishedthe afternoon sweep with a shutout in the second game, 3-0.
The two teams play the series finale at 1 p.m. tomorrowat CSU Ballpark.
The Bucs rallied from a slow start in the opener to holdSiena scoreless over the final 16 innings of the day to pick up the two winsand improve to 5-1. Siena falls to 0-5. CSU head coach Stuart Lake liked thedominant effort down the stretch he saw from his pitching staff.
"It felt like our pitchers were in control after a littlebit of a rough start," Lake said. "Of course, you're scared there in both gamesbecause both were so close. I thought both of our catchers and all of ourpitchers did a fantastic job. We threw a lot of strikes."
Ison went 4-for-8 on the day and had the biggest swing ofthe season to this point for CSU, sending the Bucs off a winner in game onewith his first home run of the season.
"Bobby was huge for us," Lake said. "You get to thatpoint in the 10th (in the opener) where you're hoping he hits the ball hard,but you're not thinking home run. He hit the ball hard all day and had two orthree balls he hit right on the screws that were outs. He's fun when getsgoing, he really makes the rest of our guys relax."
Game 1 – Charleston Southern 8, Siena 5 (10 inn.) Isonwas 3-for-5 with the walk-off home run, three RBI and two runs scored to capthe Buccaneers' rally in an 8-5 win. The junior drove home pinch hitter AndrewWidell and Brian Welch, who both reached on walks, to cap the Bucs' rally.
CSU fell behind 5-0 early in the game, but the Bucsrallied with runs in each of their final five at-bats. The Buccaneers piled upfour hits in the sixth, but couldn't get the break-through swing to cut thelead in half. An RBI single from Kevin Hickey cut the lead to 5-1.
CSU added two more runs in the seventh as Alex Tomasovichstroked a two-run single to centerfield to score Ison and Robbie Streett tomake it 5-3. Ison and Streett each had one of the Bucs four hits in the inning.
Hickey cut the lead to one in the eighth with a leadoffdouble, later scoring on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-4.
Designated hitter Zack Hagaman forced extra innings witha double in the ninth, later scoring on an RBI single from Tomasovich as theBucs were down to their final out.
Freshman Tyler Weekley gave the Bucs a chance to rallywith six scoreless innings, shutting out the Saints from the fourth inninguntil CSU forced extra innings. Austin Weekley (WP, 1-0) would come on to workthe 10th, giving up two infield singles, but getting out of the jam with aninfield popup and a strikeout.
Siena struck first in the top of the first as leadoff manVincent Citro singled, stole second, and scored on an RBI single from Brian Fayto give the Saints a quick 1-0 lead.
The Saints built a 5-0 lead with four runs in the thirdinning off of Bucs' starter Tory Schroff. A single and hit batsman, followed bya fielding error by Schroff on a sacrifice bunt set up the Saints' biginning. Second baseman Mike Allen had anRBI groundout and Dan Swain added an RBI single as the Saints scored threeunearned runs.
Siena starter Matt Gage held the Bucs to one run in sixinnings of work, striking out five. He held the Bucs in check before CSUattacked the Saints bullpen and seized momentum heading into game two.
"From the scouting reports and everything, we knew thattheir starter (in Game 1) was a really good guy," Lake said of Gage. "To keepcoming back, and then to get the big hit from Alex (Tomasovich)in the ninth,obviously winning there in extra innings was big. It helps in a doubleheader tohave some momentum going in the second game."
Tomasovich joined Ison with three hits and three RBIs inthe win. Hickey and Hagaman each had two hits for the Bucs.
Citro was 2-for-5 and scored twice to lead Siena. TheBucs outhit the Saints, 14-10.
Game 2 – Charleston Southern 3, Siena 0
CSU starter Levi Mauldin (WP, 1-0) worked six innings,combining with freshman Andrew Locklear and closer Austin Weekley for the Bucs'second shutout in eight days as CSU took the nightcap, 3-0.
Mauldin struck out two and scattered four hits in thelongest start of his career. Locklear and Weekley combined to strike out three,allowing a pair of singles over the final three innings as the Bucs' silencedthe Saints' bats.
CSU had just eighthits in the win, taking a 2-0 lead in the sixth as Tomasovich and Hagaman bothwalked and came around to score on a pair of Saints' wild pitches. Hickey hadan RBI groundout as CSU took advantage of the Siena miscues.
The Bucs added a run in the as Hagaman doubled and AustinHicks, who pinch ran for Hagaman, scampered home on an RBI single from AndrewWidell to cap the scoring.
Widell was 3-for-3 to lead the Bucs offense.
Weekley picked up his third save of the season, surrenderingjust a single in the ninth.