Coastal Carolina evens series with CSU
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern Buccaneers committed five errors and Coastal Carolina starter Seth Lamando held the Bucs to five hits in a 6-2 CCU win on Friday night at CSU Ballpark.
The Bucs fall to 22-31 overall and 11-12 in Big South play. Coastal moves to 34-19 overall and 17-6 in league play. Coastal is locked into the No. 2 seed in next week's Big South Tournament. CSU is in the tournament field and could be seeded anywhere from sixth to eighth.
Coastal came out bunting against the Bucs and starter Tory Schroff (LP, 6-4), catching an early break on a pop-up turned double for an early 2-0 lead. Two CSU errors in the second gave CCU a 5-0 lead through an inning and a half.
Lamando (WP, 5-3) made the early margin stand up, holding the Bucs to two solo home runs and just five hits in 7.1 innings of work. He struck out four.
Coastal jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first on a pop-up double from Jake Kane. Kane scored Jacob May, who reached on a bunt single and Alex Buccilli who walked, to give the Chants the lead. Kane's popup found a hole in between Bucs' first baseman Robbie Streett and right fielder Chase Shelton along the right field line to score both runs.
Coastal added to the lead in the second with a pair of unearned runs on two fielding error and an RBI double from Ted Blackman to extend the lead to 5-0.
CSU got a solo home run from Robbie Street in the second and another blast from Chase Shelton in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, but could never mount a series threat against Lamando.
The Bucs' Stephen Leopard pitched well for a third-straight outing, holding Coastal to an earned run in five innings of work.
Kane finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Chants, while Streett was 2-for-3 for the Bucs.
The two teams plays the rubber game of the series at 2 p.m. at CSU Ballpark. The Bucs will honor 10 seniors before the game.