CSU sweeps Villanova
Charleston Southern's Tory Schroff pitched six shutout innings in the opener and closer Austin Weekley recorded a save in both games as the Buccaneers swept a doubleheader from visiting Villanova to open the 2014 season on Saturday at CSU Ballpark. CSU won the opener, 2-0, and rallied for a 2-1 win in the second game.
The Bucs held Villanova to one run and one extra-base hit over 18 innings, while recording 19 strikeouts. The Bucs open the season at 2-0, while the Wildcats are 0-2. CSU will try to make it a weekend sweep Sunday in the series finale. First pitch is at 1 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.
Schroff struck out eight and shut out the Wildcats in six innings of work to start the Bucs' season off on a high note with a 2-0 win. The Bucs' senior ace came up one strikeout shy of his career-high nine before making an exit with a 1-0 lead. He walked two and scattered three singles.
Freshman Andrew Locklear worked a scoreless seventh and eighth in relief, before Weekley picked up the save with a strikeout and a walk in the ninth.
Bobby Ison and Chase Shelton each had two hits, while Alex Tomasovich added an RBI single as the Bucs' first three batters combined for five hits.
In his first career appearance, freshman Tyler Weekley pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings out of the Bucs' bullpen to grab his first career win and brother Austin Weekley pitched out of a ninth-inning jam for his second save of the day to lift the Bucs' in the nightcap, 2-1.
CSU rallied from a 1-0 deficit after Villanova took a brief 1-0 lead in the third. Bucs' starter Levi Mauldin gave up a leadoff double to May leading to the Wildcats' only run of the day. Mauldin scattered seven hits in 4 1/3 innings and struck out three.
The Buccaneers tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the third as freshman Nate Blanchard singled and moved up on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt from Ison. Tomasovich delivered his second RBI of the day, plating Blanchard on an error by Cats' shortstop Eric Lowe.
Ison would take over in the eighth to give the Bucs a lead for the first time in the game. He reached with a leadoff single and stole second to move into scoring position with the go-ahead run. Ison would take third on a groundout by Shelton and come around to score on a two-out single by Nick Berry to right field.
Ison led all players with three hits on the day. He was 3-for-6 with four stolen bases and two runs scored.