Tomasovich brothers spark CSU to eighth straight win

Charleston Southern third baseman Alex Tomasovich had a two-run home run and an RBI double, while starter - and brother - Andrew Tomasovich tossed a complete-game shutout as the Buccaneers shut down Presbyterian on Saturday.

The win is the eighth straight for CSU and is one shy of the longest winning streak in program history. Three CSU team have won nine consecutive games, most recently in 1993.

The Buccaneers improved to 25-20 overall and 8-11 in Big South play, while PC fells to 14-30-1 and 6-17 in conference play.

The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.

Third baseman Alex Tomasvich began the day by graduating in CSU's commencement ceremonies on Saturday morning and, despite arriving not long before the game, he powered the Bucs' offense.

The senior yanked a double just inside the third-base line to score Andrew Widell in the bottom of the first and give the Bucs a quick 1-0 lead. He followed with a towering two-run home run in the third off top half of the scoreboard in left field to push CSU's lead to 4-0.

"I told our team (after the game) that has to be a neat moment for their dad," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said. "To have them both play like that on a day when one graduates and for Alex to get here and have no time to get ready and come out with those two at-bats is pretty special."

The senior was more worried about making it to the game on time than being focused and ready to play.

"I left graduation and drove straight here," Alex Tomasovich said. "I hit a few balls in the cage, threw a little bit, and played. There wasn't time to think about everything that went into the day, I just went out and played. "

Had Alex not been zoned in early, his brother had things covered.

Sophomore Andrew Tomasovich (5-2) scattered six hits and struck out two in limiting the Blue Hose. He recorded 12 fly outs, walked one, and needed only 100 pitches. It was the first complete-game win of his career and his second straight win. His scoreless inning streak is at 14.2 innings.

"Andrew came out and gave us a chance with a lot of strikes to get control early," Lake added. "He throws 100 pitches and he wasn't coming out. I tried to get him in the seventh and eighth, but he wasn't going anywhere. It's good for tomorrow because our staff is so fresh."

"This was really special," Alex Tomasovich said of the brothers' day. "It's fun playing with him no matter what, but when he pitches like he did today, it's special and something we'll both remember for a long time. I'm proud of the way he pitched today and hopefully we can get another win tomorrow."

The shutout was the Bucs' fifth of the season, which ties a school record set in 1980.

Catcher Sam Remick added two hits for the Bucs and finished 2-for-3. Bobby Ison walked and scored a run, but was 0-for-4 and had a 11-game hitting streak snapped.

Presbyterian Aaron Lesiak (1-6) held the Bucs to five hits in seven innings of work, but PC couldn't overcome the Bucs' early lead.

Senior Levi Mauldin (4-2), who also graduated on Saturday morning, will start on Sunday for the Bucs.