Blue Hose take finale, series Saturday

Blue Hose take finale, series Saturday
(Source: CSU Baseball)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Presbyterian used a big second inning to jump ahead on their way to a 15-6 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday in Big South action and the regular season finale from CSU Ballpark.

Eight Charleston Southern (21-34, 11-16 Big South) played their final contest at CSU Ballpark – Jason Miller, Jamison Mobbs, Josh Peters, Josh Litchfield, Cody Maw, Jack DeLongchamps, Eddie Hiott and Tyler Weekley.

The Big South’s Freshman of the Week Max Ryerson hit his second home run of the weekend giving CSU a 2-0 lead through one inning, but a six-run second ignited the Presbyterian (28-26, 16-11 Big South) offense as they scored multiple runs in three innings Saturday.

Weekley began the 2019 season on the mound for the Buccaneers then got the nod Saturday in his final home game tossing 1.1 innings striking out a batter and allowing four runs, three earned. He was relieved by fellow senior Jamison Mobbs, who tossed a game-high 2.1 innings striking out a batter and allowing three runs, two earned before Eddie Hiott tossed 2.0 innings allowing two runs while striking out a pair.

Jason Miller broke the single season walk record with his pair of free passes Saturday and stands alone with 38 in 2019 capping his career-best season in on-base percentage. Josh Litchfield collected two hits and drove in a run, Josh Peters scored a run and Jack DeLongchamps smacked his first career home run in his final at-bat, a two-run blast to left center.

How They Scored

· Max Ryerson opened the scoring with his ninth home run of the season as he surpassed the 40-RBI mark with number 40 and 41.

· The lead was short-lived though as Presbyterian broke through with six runs in the next half inning taking the lead at 6-2 and holding it to the end.

· Charleston Southern scored in the fifth on Javon Martin’s solo shot to left then closed the scoring with DeLongchamps’ two-run shot on Senior Day.

News and Notes

· Miller became the single-season walks leader with his two free passes collecting numbers 37 and 38 before getting the curtain call in the ninth after his final walk.

· Litchfield had a pair of hits and drove in a run then saw a pinch runner enter in the ninth as well for his final appearance at CSU Ballpark.

· Josh Peters scored a run in his finale and Jack DeLongchamps hit his first career shot. Senior pitchers Tyler Weekley, Jamison Mobbs and Eddie Hiott each got one final spot on the mound before receiving embraces and a curtain call.

· Ryerson’s home run was his ninth of the season and second of the weekend. He ends the regular season as the leader among Big South freshmen in batting average (.336), home runs (9) and RBI’s (41) and becomes just the second Buccaneer with 40-plus driven-in.

Up Next

Charleston Southern will be the No. 7 seed in the Big South Championships beginning Tuesday in Fayetteville, N.C. at the brand new Segra Stadium – home of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Bucs will take on the No. 8 seed USC Upstate in a single-elimination game Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3 with the winner advancing to the double-elimination portion of the tournament Wednesday.

For the official announcement of seedings and tournament schedule, stay tuned to CSUsports.com.