Charleston Southern 8, Rhode Island 4

Charleston Southern scored seven runs in the sixth inning to break open a tie game to beat visiting Rhode Island, 8-4, Thursday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.

CSU improved to 7-2 on the year and 7-1 at CSU Ballpark. URI fell to 1-8.

Charleston Southern starter Andrew Locklear (1-0) scattered five hits in six innings and surrendered only an unearned run to pick up his first career win. He had Bucs' head coach Stuart Lake attention following the win.

"Andrew gave us quality start and it a chance to catch our breath and settle into the game," Lake said. "We relaxed behind him and then broke through with the big inning. I'm also proud of Matt Witt and the way he came in and kept (Rhode Island) down."

CSU broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with its biggest inning of the season to date. Third baseman Alex Tomasovich and DH Andrew Widell each had RBI doubles, and centerfielder Bobby Ison added a two-run single as the Bucs ran off Rams' starter Ben Wessel (0-1). First baseman Robbie Streett, who wasn't originally in the lineup but came on to replace an injured Brian Welch, got the inning started with a single to right, the first of seven hits by the Bucs in the frame.

Chase Shelton finished 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Nick Berry and Ison each added two hits.

Witt worked a scoreless seventh to preserve the Bucs' 8-1 lead at the time.

Charleston Southern returns to action on Saturday against Holy Cross. The Bucs host the Crusaders in doubleheader at 2 p.m. as the teams open a four-game series.