High Point rallied from a five-run deficit to win game two 10-9 and sweep a doubleheader from Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. HPU took game one, 6-4.
High Point improves to 18-13 and 7-5 in Big South play, while the Bucs fall to 16-19 overall and 2-10 in the league.
CSU led both games in the late innings, but HPU rallied from a one-run deficit in both games to sweep the series.
Game 1 – High Point 6, Charleston Southern 4
High Point's Josh Greene hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to rally HPU from a late 4-3 deficit for the win in the opener.
Greene's two-run shot off of Bucs' reliever Tyler Weekley (LP, 3-3) highlighted his 3-for-4 day and was the key blow for HPU. Right fielder Dane McDermott was 4-for-5 to lift HPU, which held the Bucs to six hits.
High Point rallied from an early hole to take the first game.
CSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. An infield single from Bobby Ison and a pair of walks loaded the bases with no outs. Chase Shelton pushed a run across on a double play ball that might have found centerfield had it not clipped the mound. Zack Hagaman added a two-out RBI single to score Andrew Widelland give the Bucs a fast start.
CSU added to its lead in the second on a two-out RBI single by Ison to score Brian Welch. Ison roped his second hit in as many at-bats right back up the middle to give CSU a 3-0 advantage.
High Point tied the game in the top of the third, getting to Bucs' starter Levi Mauldin with four singles and making use of a hit batsman. Josh Greene had an RBI single and Mauldin hit Spencer Angelis with the bases loaded to score the first two runs. Josh Spano followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3 for the moment.
The Bucs took a 4-3 lead on an unearned run in the third as Alex Tomasovich reached on an error and scored on an RBI hit-by-pitch by Cody Austin.
Greene turned the game in the seventh with his second home run of his career, and his second in a week.
CSU's Levi Mauldin worked five innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits.
HPU's Cas Silber picked up the win, working 4 1/3 and holding the Bucs scoreless despite four walks. Reliever John Maloney came on to pick up his fifth save, working a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Junior Bobby Ison finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Game 2 – High Point 10, Charleston Southern 9
High Point's Josh Spano's bloop single with two outs in the ninth plated the tying run and Brenden Rivera doubled him home for the game-winning run as the Panthers rallied for a 10-9 win in ninth inning of the nightcap.
The two teams traded wild surges to set up the drama in the final innings. CSU scored seven runs in the fifth to rally from an early three-run deficit and HPU answered with five runs in the top of the sixth to force an 8-8 tie.
High Point jumped to an early 2-0 lead behind an RBI single from Spencer Angelis and an RBI double from Spano in the top of the first. The Panthers added a run in the second as Dane McDermott hit the first home run of his career, a solo shot to right.
CSU roared back with seven runs in the fifth, highlighted by two-run single from Alex Tomasovich and a pinch hit two-run single from Nick Berry. Sam Remick, Bobby Ison, and Brian Welch all added RBI singles in the inning as CSU batted around with two outs.
HPU starter Andre Scrumm did not allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings of work, but was undone by seven walks and a hit batsman. The Bucs scored five earned runs off of two HPU relievers without either recording an out.
HPU rallied with five runs in the sixth on a two-run double by McDermott and a two run single by Tony Fortier-Benson.
CSU took a 9-8 lead in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Brian Welch to move into position to take the final game of the series.
Closer Austin Weekley (LP, 1-4) took the loss giving up the two runs in the ninth.
HPU closer John Maloney (WP, 2-2) worked 1 2/3 to get his second win of the season.
Ison had two hits in the second game to give him five for the day.
CSU returns to action next weekend for a three-game series against Gardner-Webb in Big South play.