The Charleston Southern bats struck early and often as the Buccaneers took the series opener from Longwood on Thursday night at the CSU Ballpark, 9-5.
Derek Horton got the Bucs started in the bottom of the first inning with a two run home run. After a RBI single allowed a run for Longwood, the Bucs loaded the bases in the third. Cole German singled to right field and brought home all three runs to put CSU out to a 5-2 lead.
A solo home run for Longwood in the top of the fifth gave the Lancers a little momentum, but the Bucs quickly took it back when Jason Miller hit a two run home run in the bottom of the inning.
CSU kept their foot on the pedal and scored two more runs in the seventh. Mike Sconzo hit a solo home run and Jason Miller doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.
In the ninth, the Lancers capitalized on three walks to score three runs, but their rally fell short when Ryan Stoudemire came in from the bullpen to get the final two outs.
Cody Maw (2-0) was credited with the win for CSU on the designated staff day. He threw four and one third innings and allowed two runs on four this, one walk, and four strikeouts.
Steven Farkas (1-5) took the loss for Longwood, pitching seven innings innings with nine hits, nine runs, five earned, two walks, and six strikeouts.
News & Notes
The Buccaneers had six team home runs before tonight’s game. They hit three tonight.
Derek Horton hit his team leading fourth home run of the season.
Six CSU pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts tonight marking the 14th double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Nine runs is the most runs scored in a game for CSU this season.
CSU will continue their Big South Conference series when they host Longwood on Friday night. First pitch at the CSU Ballpark is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ESPN3.