Matt Gage fires a pitch in the first game Saturday (photo courtesy Charleston Southern athletics)
Feb. 22, 2014
Bobby Ison's three run walk-off home run in the 10th inning of game one finished off an 8-5 come-from-behind win for Charleston Southern, and the Bucs completed an afternoon sweep with a 3-0 shutout in the second game.
Siena ace Matt Gage worked six very strong innings in the opener, allowing just five hits and one run. He left with Siena leading 5-1, but for the fourth time in as many games the Saints couldn't make the lead hold up.
Siena falls to 0-5. Charleston Southern, which swept Villanova last week, is 5-1.
Game One - Charleston Southern 8, Siena 5 (10)
Leadoff man Vincent Citro singled, stole second, and scored on an RBI single from Brian Fay to give the Saints a quick 1-0 lead.
Siena built a 5-0 lead with four runs in the third inning off of Bucs' starter Tory Schroff. A single and hit batsman, followed by a fielding error by Schroff on a sacrifice bunt set up the Saints' big inning. Second baseman Mike Allen had an RBI groundout and Dan Swain added an RBI single as the Saints scored three unearned runs.
The Bucs rallied with runs in each of their final five at-bats.
Kevin Hickey cut the lead to one in the eighth with a leadoff double, later scoring on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-4.
Designated hitter Zack Hagaman forced extra innings with a double in the ninth, later scoring on an RBI single when the Bucs were down to their final out.
Freshman Tyler Weekley gave the Bucs a chance to rally with six scoreless innings, shutting out the Saints from the fourth inning until CSU forced extra innings. Austin Weekley (WP, 1-0) would come on to work the 10th, giving up two infield singles, but getting out of the jam with an infield popup and a strikeout.
Citro was 2-for-5 and scored twice to lead Siena. Allen, Swain and Justin Esquerra
each had two hits.
Game 2 - Charleston Southern 3, Siena 0
CSU starter Levi Mauldin worked six innings, combining with freshman Andrew Locklear and closer Austin Weekley for the Bucs' second shutout in eight days.
Siena starter Rick Morales tossed four shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks. Ed Lewicki added two shutout innings of relief, but the Bucs scored twice in the sixth and once in the eighth to pull out the win.
Mauldin struck out two and scattered four hits in the longest start of his career. Locklear and Weekley combined to strike out three, allowing a pair of singles over the final three innings as the Bucs' silenced the Saints' bats.
In the sixth, Tomasovich and Hagaman both walked and came around to score on a pair of Saints' wild pitches. Hickey had an RBI groundout as CSU took advantage of the Siena miscues.
The Bucs added a run in the eighth as Hagaman doubled and Austin Hicks, who pinch ran for Hagaman, scampered home on an RBI single from Andrew Widell to cap the scoring.
Widell was 3-for-3 to lead the Bucs offense. Six different Saints hit safely.
The two teams complete the three-game weekend series with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.