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Bucs sweep Siena, 5-3


Relievers Kyle Dyson and Joe Pistacchio combined for fourinnings of scoreless relief as Charleston Southern rallied to beat Siena andsweep the weekend series from the Saints with a 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon atCSU Ballpark.

CSU improves to 6-1 on the year and a perfect 6-0 athome. Siena falls to 0-6.

The Bucs overcame five errors and a bases loaded jam inthe sixth to finish off their second sweep of the season in as many weekends.

 Dyson allowed twohits and struck out two in three scoreless innings of work, while Pistacchiostruck out two in a perfect ninth to grab his first save of the season. CSUhead coach Stuart Lake liked the way his bullpen finished the series.

"I thought it was a good way to finish the weekend," Lakesaid following the win. "Andrew gave us a good start, not his best start. Ithink he got a little wrapped up in worrying about some things he couldn'tcontrol. Kyle Dyson came in and worked his way through a tough sixth to get usout of the jam, and Joe came in and finished it."

CSU outhit Siena 8-7, but the Saints left 10 runners onbase and had plenty of chances. Nate Blanchard and Bobby Ison reached with noouts twice to set the table for the Bucs offense to have a couple of biginnings. Lake admitted the Bucs weren't at their best offensively, but executedwell enough to give their bullpen the lead it needed.

"I thought our execution was the key," Lake added. "Bobbyand Nate did that twice, and Alex (Tomasovich) had two big bunts for us to movethem up. (Chase) Shelton's hit to get us going was key too."

Ison and Blanchard combined to score four of CSU's fiveruns, including its first two, as the Bucs broke through first with two runs inthe third.

Shelton lined the first pitch he saw from Bryan Goossensinto the right field corner to start the scoring. Ison reached via a four-pitchwalk and Blanchard a single to centerfield as the Bucs put two on with no outs.

Siena answered with two runs of its own in the bottomhalf of the inning. Mike Allen and Brett Connors each had an RBI single as theSaints took advantage of a throwing error by the Bucs' Alex Tomasovich to scorea pair of unearned runs and tie the game at 2-2.

The Saints grabbed the lead in the fifth with their thirdunearned run of the game. Justin Esquerra singled home John Rooney to make it3-2. A bobble by Bucs' shortstop Kevin Hickey kept the inning alive for Siena,one of four errors CSU made behind Tomasovich.

CSU seized control in the fifth, as Ison and Blanchardled off with back-to-back single. Another well-executed bunt from Tomasovichmoved the runners up as the Bucs bats got hot. Blanchard scampered home on anRBI ground out from Shelton, his third RBI of the game.

Ison would score on the next pitch on a single tocenterfield from Nick Berry. Berry led the Bucs attack with a 3-for-4 day, anRBI, and a run, which he scored when Zack Hagaman belted a double off the fencein right center to score the game's final run.

The Bucs did not strikeout at the plate in the game,while CSU pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.

CSU plays two home games this week at CSU Ballpark. TheBucs host Wofford at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Rhode Island at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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