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Bucs explode for 18 hits to win series finale with Holy Cross, 12-7

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Charleston Southern pounded out 18 hits to win the series finale with Holy Cross on Monday at CSU Ballpark, 12-7.

Seven Buccaneers had a multi-hit game to improve CSU to 10-3 overall. Holy Cross falls to 3-5 on the year. 

The Buccaneers continued their offensive explosion from Sunday's 10-4 win by setting new season highs for both runs and hits on Monday. CSU scored 22 runs in over the final 14 innings to take the series from the Crusaders. CSU head coach Stuart Lake liked the way his team stayed on the attack following Sunday's win. 

"It felt like today was a carryover from yesterday," Lake said. "The first inning we seemed to jump on them. (Alex) Tomasovich started things with an eight pitch at-bat. That seemed to set up the rest of our inning. Bobby was aggressive and Nick had a big hit that set the tone for the rest of the day." 

The Bucs scored three times in both the first and third innings to build an early lead. 

Junior Bobby Ison drew a walk in the bottom of the first and promptly stole second and third, forcing a throwing error on his second steal to score the Bucs' first run. CSU added to the lead on the next pitch when Nick Berry belted his second home run of the season to right center to push the score to 2-0. 

Andrew Widell followed with an RBI double to score Zack Hagaman as the Bucs raced to a 3-0 lead. 

Junior Denis Buckley (WP, 1-0) came on to hold the lead for the Bucs, working 3 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his first win since 2012. The two teams combined to use 16 pitchers in the game., but Buckley was the only one to make it longer than two innings. 

"Buckley came in and calmed us down," Lake added. "He gave us a chance to keep our offense going without feeling like we had to score a bunch to keep up. Andrew Widell picked us up with three hits and we really executed well at the plate."

Holy Cross rallied briefly in the second. CSU made two early errors which led to a pair of unearned runs, but three RBI singles in the third and another RBI single from Widell in the fourth broke the game open.

CSU added a run to its lead in the fourth as Andrew Widell's pop up found a hole in centerfield for an RBI single, scoring Chase Shelton who reached after lining a single to right to lead off the inning. 

CSU stretched its lead to 11-4 in the sixth as things fell apart somewhat for Holy Cross defensively. Two Crusader errors and a double off the wall in left center by Tomasovich gave the Buccaneers their largest lead of the day. 

Widell finished 3-for-3 with three RBI, while Berry had three hits and scored twice. Ison, Tomasovich, Shelton, and Sam Remick all had two hits in CSU's 18-hit effort. 

Third baseman Anthony Critelli and shortstop Nick Luvollo each had three hits to lead Holy Cross. Centerfielder Brandon Cipolla was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the seventh. 

The Bucs return to action on Wednesday at Georgia. First pitch is at 6 p.m. at Foley Field in Athens, Ga.

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