Tyler Thornburg pitched eight shutout innings and put the Charleston Southern baseball team ahead 1-0 with a solo home run, but it was not enough to beat Winthrop on Saturday at CSU Ballpark.
Reliever Stew Brase allowed two runs in the top of the ninth as Winthrop came back to take the game 2-1 in a Big South matchup.
Thornburg and Winthrop starting pitcher Matteo D'Angelo each tossed eight near-perfect innings. The only run allowed by either starter was in the seventh when Thornburg hit a line drive off that cleared the wall in left-center wall for his seventh home run of the season.
Thornburg allowed only two hits and did not concede a run, striking out six and walking five in the no-decision.
D'Angelo (3-3) was just as dominant, as he gave up just one run on three hits. He struck out seven and walked three to earn the victory.
Brase relieved Thornburg in the ninth to try and lock down the save. He recorded back-to-back outs before walking Sean Sullivan. He stole second, and Zak Blair singled up the middle to tie the game. After Blair also stole second, he was driven home by a single from Adam Gliebe.
The rubber match is set for 2 p.m. today. Andrew White (1-2, 4.72 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for the Buccaneers (15-19, 4-6), and Robert Lake (4-2, 4.25 ERA) will counter for Winthrop (14-16, 2-6).