Bucs shut out Savannah State, fall in resumed game

Charleston Southern's Andrew Tomasovich worked five shutout innings as four Buccaneers combined to blank Savannah State, 7-0, Tuesday. The Bucs dropped completion of a continued game from early April by a 9-5 margin.

The Bucs improved to 22-20 overall and enter an eight-day break for final exams. Savannah State dropped to 15-25. CSU returns to action next Wednesday against Wofford in Spartanburg.

Tomasovich (4-2) struck out two and pounded the strike zone with a big, early lead to lift the pitching staff to their fourth shutout of the year. The junior missed his start last weekend because of the UNC Asheville rainout, but showed no signs of rust despite 10 days off.

"Andrew really looked sharp and threw well," CSU pitching coach Adam Ward said. "He threw strikes and changed speeds well. The key for him is he only had one walk. You don't give guys free bases and you're going to do well."

The win gives the Bucs their sixth win in seven (full) games and sends CSU off on exam break with its best win in a four-game series with Savannah State.

CSU jumped on Savannah State out of the gates behind senior Brian Welch. His RBI single in the second scored Zack Hagaman after a leadoff walk and gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead.

The Bucs exploded in the third to give the pitching staff room to relax. An RBI single by Chase Shelton and a two-out, two-run single to right by Welch pushed the lead to 6-0 through three innings.

Welch finished 3-for-4 on the day with four RBIs, three in the complete game.

Tomasovich got help from Joe Pistacchio, Kyle McDorman and Denis Buckley as the Bucs scattered nine hits and only two walks in the shutout.

Eight different Bucs had hits in the win.

Charleston Southern couldn't take advantage of a second chance to win a game extended by a protest from early April. The Tigers scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, where the game was continued to pull away for a 9-5 win.

First baseman Robbie Streett had a double in the ninth and scored on a single by Brian Welch. Shortstop Nate Blanchard plated Welch with a single in the ninth, but the Bucs could get no closer.

Chase Shelton had an RBI single to score Zack Hagaman in the eighth, but the Bucs couldn't overcome the Tigers' explosive sixth was too much.