The first four batters in the Buccaneers' lineup combined for 10 hits to lift Charleston Southern to a 10-5 win at Savannah State on Tuesday night.
Third baseman Alex Tomasovich and right fielder Chase Shelton each had three hits to spark the Bucs. CSU scored in each of its first three at-bats and had three runs in the third inning to build an early 5-1 lead. The Bucs added four more runs in the sixth to pull away.
Tomasovich extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games. He was 3-for-5 with two doubles, while Shelton added a 3-for-4 evening and three RBI.
CSU improved to 15-11 overall, while Savannah State falls to 8-16.
RHP Levi Mauldin (WP, 3-1) benefitted from the Bucs early lead to grab his third win of the year. Evan Nations came on in the third to work three scoreless innings and let the Bucs pull away.
Tomasovich and Shelton did the damage early as both doubled in the first to give CSU a 1-0 lead.
Kevin Hickey added to it in the second when he walked, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 2-0. Hickey added a two-run double in the third as the Bucs extended the lead to 5-1.
Shelton broke the game wide open in the sixth as Shelton delivered again, this time with a two-run single to score Tomasovich and Bobby Ison. Andrew Widell followed with a single and Brian Welch added an RBI single as the Bucs put the game out of reach.
Widell and Ison each finished with two hits.
Savannah State cut into the Bucs' final margin with three runs in the ninth.
CSU faces The Citadel on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Riley Park.