Campbell knocks Charleston Southern out of Big South baseball tournament

CSU head coach Stuart Lake led the Bucs to a 30-26 record this season. (Shane Roper/File).

Charleston Southern's baseball season came to end Thursday morning with a 6-2 loss to Campbell in a Big South Conference tournament elimination game at Winthrop Ballpark.

Campbell improved to 36-20 and advances to face Coastal Carolina, which lost to Winthrop on Thursday night. CSU ends its season with a 30-26 record, the most wins by the Bucs in 14 years.

"You have to tip your hat to Campbell, they played well," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said. "We are disappointed. We had a great season and didn't want it to end this early. It hurts right now and will for a while the way it ended, but this was a good year for us and this is a good team."

Campbell starter Hector Cedano (7-0) held the Bucs to eight hits and two runs. He struck out two and walked two to work into the ninth inning. Closer Ryan Thompson came on to pick up his 15th save.

The Camels turned four double plays and took advantage of a couple of CSU base-running errors.

CSU pitcher Andrew Tomasovich (7-3) struck out five and held Campbell to two runs through six innings.

The Camel's Elijah Trail hit a solo home run in the sixth, and Campbell blew the game open with four runs off the Bucs' bullpen in the seventh. Reliever Will Hartsell gave up four runs, but only one was earned. A two-run single from Clayton Brown pushed the lead to 6-0.

The Bucs' ninth-inning rally fell short. Senior Alex Tomasovich started the ninth with a double into the left-field corner. It was his 22nd of the season, which ties a CSU single-season record. It also brings his career total to 54, another Buc record.

Chase Shelton belted a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 6-2, and CSU managed to load the bases before Campbell shortstop John Reilly snagged Brian Welch's line drive to end the game.

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