Chas. Southern 8-3, Radford 7-8

RADFORD, VA. — Charleston Southern’s Bobby Ison went 3 for 3 and John Faircloth hit a two-run homer as the Buccaneers held off Radford in the lightning-delayed opener of a Big South doubleheader at Radford Stadium.

The game was halted with one out and two strikes to Radford’s Alexander Lee in the bottom of the ninth for lightning. After the mandatory 30-minute delay, CSU closer Austin Weekley struck out Lee, and catcher Drew Woodall caught Zach Woolcock trying to steal second to end the 4-hour, 22-minute game.

The Bucs (20-29, 9-11) erupted for 14 hits and never trailed after taking a 5-0 lead in the fifth.

Ison and Alex Tomasovich each had two hits in a losing effort in the second game.

GAME 1

CSU AB R H BI RADFORD AB R H BI

Ison cf 3 1 3 1 Gardiner 2b 5 0 1 0

Faircloth lf 5 2 2 3 Reavis c 5 1 1 0

Tomas ss 3 2 1 0 Marshall rf 5 2 2 1

Hagman dh 5 1 2 1 Woolcock lf 5 1 4 2

Shelton rf 5 0 2 1 Lee 1b 5 1 1 0 Woodall c 5 0 1 2 Burgess dh 3 2 2 2

Streett 1b 5 0 0 0 Higgerson 3b 3 0 0 0

Sustar 3b 4 1 2 0 Sipe cf 3 0 1 1

Hickey 2b 3 1 1 0 Coia ss 2 0 0 0

Jhnsnbgh ph 1 0 1 1

Bondi 2b 0 0 0 0

Totals 38 8 14 8 Totals 37 7 13 7

Charleston Southern 002 012 300—8

Radford 000 013 210—7

E—CSU 1. 2B—Shelton, Woodall, Reavis, Marshall, Lee, Burgess, Sipe, Johnsonbaugh. 3B—Ison, Marshall. HR—Faircloth. SH—Ison, Coia. CS—Woolcock.

CSU IP H R ER BB SO

Gunther (W, 6-4) 51/3 7 4 4 2 4

Ward 11/3 2 2 2 0 0

Pistacchio 11/3 2 2 2 0 0

Hagaman 1/3 0 0 0 0 0

Weekley (S,8) 2/3 1 0 0 0 1

Radford

Costello (L, 5-4) 6 9 5 5 0 5

Maxwell 1/3 4 3 3 1 0

Meisinger 1 1 0 0 1 1

Woods 1 0 0 0 1 1

Andrews 2/3 0 0 0 0 2

HBP—Pistacchio. A-287. Time-4:22