Charleston Southern routs Winthrop on Senior Night in baseball, 10-2
Charleston Southern's Cody Austin was 4 for 4 and Alex Tomasovich broke a 27-year old CSU record with his 51st career double to lift the Buccaneers past Winthrop, 10-2, on Senior Night at CSU Ballpark.
Charleston Southern reeled off eight first-inning runs and the Buccaneers' seniors combined for 11 hits to take the series from Winthrop. CSU (28-21, 10-12 Big South) will go for the sweep Sunday against Winthrop (22-29, 12-11).
The Bucs have won 11 of 12 and are 7-1 in their last eight Big South games.
CSU also built on its record of 19-home wins in 2014. Head coach Stuart Lake credits his senior leadership for Bucs' record-setting, but also, unfinished season.
"It's senior day and for our seniors to step up on offense and set the tone like that tells you this is a mature team," Lake said following the win. "This is what you saw coming from this group when they were freshmen, and it's starting to pay off in a big way."
Tomasovich's double down the left field line broke Terry Shiley's previous record of 50 career doubles, which he set in 1987. Tomasovich also moved into second on the all-time hits list with three to take his career total to 246, nine shy of Nick Chinners (2008-11), who had 255.
Bucs' starter Andrew Tomasovich (6-2) saw his scoreless innings streak end in the first at 15 innings, but was dominant with a big early lead. He retired 12 batters in a row at one point and worked eight innings, scattering three hits and striking out five to go with the lone run.
CSU sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning. Bobby Ison smoked a double into the right field corner to start the onslaught. He had two hits in the first inning to bring his total to 81 for the year, three shy of the CSU single-season record.
After a Sam Remick walk, Alex Tomasovich drove home the Bucs' first run of the game with a single to left. A Shelton single loaded the bases for Zack Hagaman. The senior lined a double a foot below the top of the fence in right center to narrowly miss a grand slam. Brian Welch, Kevin Hickey, and Ison all followed with RBI singles to give CSU a 6-1 edge.
Remick made the most of his second at-bat in the inning, driving home two more runs to push the lead to 8-1 after an inning. The eight runs were the most the Bucs scored in an inning this season.
CSU added a run in the fifth on Austin's third hit of the night. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Hickey to push the lead to 9-1.
CSU piled up 16 hits led by Austin's career-high four hits and a 2-for-4 night by Nick Berry that featured identical doubles.
Shortstop Kyle Edwards was 2-for-3 and T.J. Olesczuk hit a solo home run in the ninth to lead the Eagles.