Columbia, S.C. - After dropping the first two games of the series, the Buccaneers righted the ship and put together strong pitching and hitting for a complete win over South Carolina on Sunday.
After two scoreless innings, CSU took the lead in the third when Mike Sconzo's drive to right center escaped USC's center fielder. Sconzo hustled out a triple and two Bucs came in to score on the play. South Carolina responded in the fourth inning as LT Tolbert hit a RBI triple of his own. The Bucs answered emphatically the next inning with Alex Andronica hit a ball to the gap in left center for a RBI triple of his own. Andronica scored on the next play off an Adam Andrew sacrifice fly.
Tyler Weekley started on the mound for CSU and saw very little trouble in his five innings of work. A rain delay halted play after the fifth inning for an hour and 13 minutes. When play resumed, Daniel Johnson took over for Weekley. Johnson pitched for two and two thirds innings until he exited the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning. After a bases loaded walk brought home USC's second run of the day, Cody Smith took over in the same situation. It took Smith just two pitches to get an out and end the inning. He continued his outing with a perfect ninth inning that included two strikeouts to close out the win for CSU.
Weekley (1-1) got the win for CSU. He threw five innings and allowed one run on two hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Ridge Chapman (1-1) was saddled with the loss for South Carolina, pitching five and two thirds innings and allowing four runs, on three hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
Smith (2) picked up the save for CSU with one and one third perfect innings and two strikeouts.
News & Notes
- Four CSU pitchers combined for just 5 strikeouts. This is the first time this season CSU has won without a double-digit strikeout total.
- Mike Sconzo provided the majority of CSU's offense this weekend. He went 3-for-9 on the weekend with three RBIs and two runs scored, meaning he was involved in five of the teams six runs.
- Sconzo and Alex Andronica each hit a triple on Sunday. This is the first time since 2010 that the Buccaneers have hit two triples in a game and the 13th such game in program history.
- Sunday was the Buccaneers' first win over South Carolina since 2014.
Post Game Comments
Sunday ends a four game road trip for the Bucs. They'll play their next 10 games in Charleston, with eight at home and two games at the Citadel. CSU hosts Savannah State on Tuesday afternoon at the CSU Ballpark. First pitch has been moved up to 3 p.m. to accommodate the Big South Men's Basketball tournament game being hosted at the CSU Fieldhouse.