Chas. Southern 11-8, UNC Asheville 7-1
Charleston Southern’s Zack Hagaman hit two home runs and had seven RBIs to lead the Buccaneers to a doubleheader sweep of visiting UNC Asheville on Saturday in Big South baseball. The Bucs took the opener at CSU Ballpark, 11-7, and then rolled to an 8-1 win in the nightcap.
Charleston Southern (11-16, 3-3) scored three runs in the first inning of the opener and four runs in its first at-bat of the second game and never trailed on the day against the Bulldogs (8-20, 1-8).
CSU is at South Carolina on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on SportSouth.
First pitch is at 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.
CSU seemed to play inspired baseball after a frustrating last two weeks, but the Bucs clearly looked motivated against the Bulldogs, coming up with their first Big South sweep since the 2011 season.
Bucs’ head coach Stuart Lake gave some credit to a fellow CSU coach to get his Bucs focused this weekend.
“(Basketball coach) Barclay Radebaugh came out and gave us a speech on Thursday to get us going into Easter weekend, and I thought our guys responded,” Lake said following the win. “They came out and did what we’ve been asking them to do — get on the board early — that was the key.”
Hagaman came through with a two-run double in the first in inning of Game 1 and followed with a three-run double in Game 2 to deliver two of the bigger blows of the weekend. He went 5 for 9 on the day and finished the weekend with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs.
“I haven’t even had a chance to look at his numbers for the weekend,” Lake said of Hagaman. “Every time we had a chance to get a big hit, he was at the plate, and got it. He was incredible (this weekend).”
The main beneficiaries of the Bucs’ fast starts were their starting pitchers. CSU’s starters, Tory Schroff (4-1) and Kevin Buran (1-5), combined for 12 strikeouts in 131/3 innings, walking only two batters.
Buran picked up the win in the second game, his first of the season. He struck out six and scattered five hits in eight innings of work.
Alex Tomasovich went 2 for 4 in the opener and 3 for 4 with a homer in the second game.