USC Upstate 10, CSU 9
Charleston Southern's Bobby Ison set the CSU single-season record with his 85th hit, but the Buccaneers let an early six-run lead slip away in a loss at USC Upstate on Tuesday night.
Ison's two-run single in the bottom of the first set CSU's single-season mark. He broke his own record of 84 hits from a season ago, which led the Big South. Former Buc Brantley Meier also had 84 hits during the 2010 season and was tied with Ison. Ison finished the game 1-for-5, but was robbed of a single on a diving stop to open the game.
The Bucs saw a four-game losing streak end to fall to 29-22. Upstate improved to 16-36.
The Buccaneers reeled off six runs in their first at-bat to build a big lead, but CSU's pitchers combined to walk nine batters and hit two more as the lead slipped away.
Upstate's Daniel Seeba doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth with the game tied 9-9. Erik Samples followed with a single to left field to drive home Samples and give the Spartans a walk-off win on senior night.
The loss spoiled a big RBI night from CSU's Chase Shelton. The junior was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two-run double, all before the fourth inning, to give the Bucs a 9-4 lead.
CSU didn't score after the fourth as Upstate chipped away. The Spartans scored in five of their final six at-bats to tie the game in the eighth and win it in the ninth.
Reliever Austin Weekley (2-5) took the loss, while Bryan Hathaway (1-0) worked a perfect ninth to get the win for the Spartans.
CSU was outhit 12-9 and cooled off after a hot start. The Bucs didn't have a hit in their final five at-bats.
Catcher Luke Weber was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles for Upstate. Samples also had a 3-for-5 night.
The Buccaneers travel to Lexington, Va., on Wednesday in preparations for their Big South regular-season finale at VMI on Thursday. First pitch for Thursday's series opener is at 7 p.m.
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