CHARLESTON, SC - An impressive hitting display that saw Charleston Southern (19-33, 10-17) score 12 runs on 16 hits gave them a 12-7 win over UNC Asheville (13-38, 8-19) on Senior Day that clinched their spot in next week's Big South Conference Baseball Championship.
The Bucs needed a win and a Presbyterian loss on Saturday. With the Blue Hose falling to High Point 1-0 during CSU's game, the Bucs just needed a win of their own to ensure their spot in the conference tournament.
CSU answered the call in a big way as five players finished with mulit-hit games. The Bucs trailed in the third inning after an RBI single gave UNC Asheville a 1-0 lead. That didn't last long though, as CSU plated five runs in the bottom of the inning. It started with back-to-back singles from Josh Peters and Josh Litchfield. Christian Maggio attempted a sacrifice bunt, but reached on an error to load the bases for Ryan Stoudemire, who cleared the bases with a double to give CSU a 3-1 lead. The next batter, Jason Miller walked, and Ryan Rizk drove home him and Stoudemire to extend the lead.
The Bucs plated three more in the next inning, two coming from a home run by Mike Sconzo. Sconzo struck again in the sixth inning with an RBI single that was followed by a sacrifice fly from Stoudemire to add a total of two runs in the fourth inning.
After a two-run home run by the Bulldogs in the top of the seventh, the Bucs responded with two runs of their own. The first was a pitch-hit RBI single from Justin Dahill and the second was a RBI single from Mike Sconzo, who finished 4-for-5 with 4 RBI's on his senior day.
Cody Maw (3-2) got the win for CSU. He worked five innings with one run, four hits, one walk, and one strikeout in his start.
Nick Boyles (0-5) took the loss for UNC Asheville, throwing two and one third innings and allowing five runs, two earned, on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.
Cody Smith (7), picked up the save for CSU. The senior was perfect in his one and one third innings and struck out two.
CSU will be the 7th seed in next week's Big South Conference Baseball Championship. The tournament is played in a double-elimination format and is hosted this year by Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. The Bucs will face the #2 seed High Point on Tuesday, May 22nd at 9:30am. The game will be broadcasted live on the Big South Network from Liberty Baseball Stadium.