Charleston Southern made the most of their early opportunities as they scored four runs in the first three innings to top USC Upstate 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Vesnesky lead off the game with a triple down the line in right field. Mike Sconzo’s single brought home Vesnesky and put the Bucs on top 1-0. In the second, Vesnesky was the one driving in a run when his single allowed Alex Andronica to score. The next batter was Josh Asbill, who grounded out to score Josh Litchfield and give CSU a 3-0 lead. Christian Maggio hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score Sconzo and give the Bucs a commanding 4-0 lead.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning, Andronica drove in two runs on a single to left field and give CSU a 6-1 lead.
USC Upstate’s only run came on an error in the bottom of the third inning. Otherwise, the Spartans were limited in their run scoring opportunities. A total of eight pitchers took the mound for CSU. Evan Nations pitched three innings in his start, but no pitcher after him threw for more than one and one third innings.
Eddie Hiott (1-0) was credited with the win for CSU. He threw one perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Will Wheeler (1-1) took the loss for USC Upstate, pitching two and one thirds innings with seven hits, four runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.
News & Notes
The six RBI in tonight’s game tie a season high while the 13 hits mark the second best performance by the Bucs this season.
The CSU pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts tonight, giving them their 11th multi-strikeout game of the year.
This is the first game this season the CSU pitching staff did not allow an earned run.
The eight pitchers used by Charleston Southern is a season high.
CSU will go on the road for the first time this conference season. The Bucs travel to Presbyterian this weekend for a series with the Blue Hose. First pitch for Friday’s game at the PC Baseball Complex is set for 3 p.m.