CHARLESTON, S.C. - A rocky third inning spelled trouble for the CSU baseball team, as the UNC Wilmington Seahawks would put up six runs en route to a 10-4 victory over the Buccaneers on Wednesday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
The Buccaneers started off quickly, picking up a run in the bottom of the first. Bobby Ison singled to third base, advancing on a sacrifice bunt. Alex Tomasovich singled to center field to drive Ison home and put the Bucs up 1-0 early on.
However the CSU lead was short lived, as a six-run outburst by the Seahawks in the top of the third inning put them ahead 6-1. Michael Bass singled to left field to start things off before Matt Campbell doubled down the leftfield line to drive Bass home. Andrew Cain followed that up with a double as well, scoring Campbell to put UNCW ahead 2-1. Hunter Ridge and Thomas Pope had back-to-back singles, with Cain crossing home plate on Ridge's hit to right center. Austin Weekley walked Drew Farber and was then replaced by Denis Buckley. Ridge would then score on a sacrifice fly by Jake Keonig before Corey Dick hit a two RBI single to score Farber and Pope as UNCW took a 6-1 lead.
The Bucs attempted to work their way back in the bottom of the fourth. Chase Shelton singled to right field before Walt Quattlebaum and Brian Welch drew back-to-back walks. Drew Woodall was hit by a pitch, scoring Shelton. Harrison Wilkins reached on fielder's choice before Ison walked with the bases loaded, scoring Welch as the Bucs cut the deficit to four at 6-2 after four innings.
The Seahawks returned the favor in the top of the fifth, taking back two runs. Pope walked to start the inning off, and then stole second. Farber doubled down the left field line to score Pope. Farber then made it home on a Bass single to put the Seahawks back up by five at 8-3.
Welch singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth, stealing second soon after. Wilkins singled through the right side to score Welch as the Bucs would add another run to trail UNCW 8-4.
Cain had a ground-rule double in the top of the ninth for the Seahawks, advancing Molinaro who took first after being hit by a pitch. Ridge drew a walk before Pope reached on a fielder's choice. Cain advanced to second on the fielder's choice, scoring on an error by Tomasovich. Molinaro would also score on the error as the Seahawks took the 10-4 win.
Weekley took the loss on the mound for CSU. He gave up six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. He also struck out two and issued two walks.
The win went to Seahawk reliever Christian MacDonald as he allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings of work. He gave up three hits and fanned two batters in the process.
The Bucs were paced offensively by their lead-off man, Ison, who went 2-for-4 on the day with a walk. Ison also drove in one run and scored a run for the CSU offense.
Charleston Southern will be back in action on Friday afternoon as they host Big South foe Gardner-Webb in the first game of a three game series this weekend at CSU Ballpark. Start time for Friday's contest is 2:00 p.m.