Old Dominion stuns Charleston Southern in ninth for 4-3 baseball win

NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion rallied from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a pinch-hit two-run single by Austin McGowen with the bases loaded to top Charleston Southern, 4-3, on Tuesday.

The Bucs (8-16) broke a scoreless tie with a run in the eighth as Alex Tomasovich singled and scored on a Drew Woodall single. CSU added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run single by Tomasovich before ODU rallied.

The Monarchs’ Austin McGowen came through with a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single to cap a four-run ninth. McGowen’s two-run single was one of three hits in the ninth for ODU (13-10), which had been shut out to that point. ODU got a leadoff double from P.J. Higgins, as well as a walk and a hit-by-pitch from CSU’s Tory Schroff to load the bases and set the stage for McGowen’s game-winning single. Third baseman Jordan Negrini also had an RBI single in the comeback.

Four Bucs had scattered four hits through eight innings of work as CSU took a 3-0 into ODU’s final at-bat. Bucs starter Kevin Buran worked two innings along with George Schaefer as CSU tried to get work in for its weekend rotation after being rained out twice last weekend against The Citadel. Andrew Tomasovich also had three innings of scoreless work for the Buccaneers.

Charleston Southern returns to action on Friday against UNC Asheville. The Bucs open a three-game series with the Bulldogs with a 2 p.m. first pitch on Friday and an 11:30 start to Saturday’s doubleheader.