CSU gets 9-5 win over The Citadel at Riley Park

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Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 11:07 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern baseball brought the season series with Lowcountry rival The Citadel even at 1-1 after a mid-week 9-5 victory at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Zac Robinson was the fuel the Bucs needed, coming out of the bullpen in the second inning and going 4.2 innings.

The Citadel (6-2) were the first to strike in the opening frame, as a Ryan McCarthy sacrifice fly brought Dylan Costa around to score before a Ryan Gleason balk brought across the second run of the inning.

Charleston Southern (5-4) would get those runs back in the top of the fourth, as Hayden Harris hit his first home run of the season, as his two-run shot tied things up scoring Ryan Waldschmidt.

The fifth saw the Bulldogs re-take a two-run lead, as Tilo Skole’s fielder’s choice scored Lane before McCarthy’s double scored Skole to take a 4-2 advantage.

Just one inning later, Charleston Southern took a lead they would not give back. Waldschmidt started the rally with a single up the middle to score Hogan McIntosh. Peyton Basler took his turn in the frame with a double down the line with the bases loaded, scoring Harris, Waldschmidt and Sergio DeCello. Tyrell Brewer capped the inning off with a double to left center to return the favor to Basler.

CSU would scratch across two more in the eighth to put things out of reach with Brewer hitting his second double of the contest to again score Basler and Ajay Sczepkowski would then bring Brewer around on a sacrifice fly. The Citadel found one in the ninth, but that would be it.

Zac Robinson (1-0) got the win for Charleston Southern after coming on in the second inning, going 4.2 innings and giving up just two earned on three hits and four strikeouts. Daniel Padysak picked up the save after getting the final eight outs.

Simon Graf (0-1) gets credited with the loss after giving up five earned in two frames of work.

IN THE BOX “Good win. Robinson was HUGE for us coming in as early as he did and giving us four innings,” said Head Coach Marc MacMillan. “Massey did exactly what we needed from him, and Pady looked more like himself tonight attacking down in the strike zone. Offensively, I thought we swung the bats really well and executed our game. Tyrell, Bas, and Harris each having multiple hits including two doubles, a double, and a HR, respectively, were big in moments needed. I also thought we had a number of quality at bats that won’t be seen in the box score. Defensively, we played error free with two terrific plays from Waldy and Brewer.”

UP NEXT Head Coach Marc MacMillan’s side will take part in a mid-week game with Villanova Wednesday, March 2 in their second contest in as many days. First pitch is set for a 5:00 p.m. at Nielsen Field.