NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - Charleston Southern scored 10 first-inning runs and was never threatened in an 18-1 win over crosstown-rival The Citadel on Tuesday night at CSU Ballpark. The win is CSU's largest margin of victory in the 83-game series between the two teams.
The Buccaneers took advantage of seven Bulldog errors – four in the first inning – to put an end to a five-game losing streak. CSU improves to 12-17 overall, while The Citadel falls to 12-18. The game was halted after seven innings.
Five CSU pitchers combined to hold The Citadel to three hits, while the Bucs piled up 17 hits, nine in the first inning. The Bucs were 12-for-25 with runners in scoring position, including eight hits in the first.
Every Buc starter had a hit, led by a 3-for-3 night from Cole German, who scored three times. Sly Edwards (2-for-4) had two hits in the first inning including an RBI triple, his fourth of the season. Chris Singleton (2-for-4) had a double in the first and Ryan Maksim (2-for-3) had a two-run single in the frame.
CSU's Adam Andrew got out of a first-inning jam in his first career start, striking out two around a fly out to set up the Bucs' big first. Reliever Wil Hartsell (W, 1-0) worked two scoreless innings in his first appearance of the year. Dustin Lander, Tyler Pickard, and Kyle Dyson all worked a scoreless inning down the stretch.
The Citadel used seven pitchers, surrendering nine unearned runs on the slew of errors. Right fielder Shy Phillips was 2-for-3 and had two of the Bulldogs' three hits.
CSU opens a three-game series on Friday night at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. The opener will be carried on ESPN3.