Radford and Winthrop Sweep Twinbills To Pace Saturday's Action
RADFORD 8-10, HIGH POINT 3-4 | GAME 1 | GAME 2
Radford scored first in both doubleheader games, posted 32 hits, and rolled to a doubleheader sweep of High Point with an 8-3 win in the first game and a 10-4 victory in the nightcap on Saturday.
Zach Costello went 6-for-10 to lead the Highlanders (17-14, 6-3 Big South) in the twinbill - he hit a solo homer (2) in the second game, drove in three runs, scored four times and stole three bases. Matt Mack collected four RBIs and went 4-for-10 for Radford.
Both starters earned wins for Radford - Tyler Costello picked up his sixth win in a row (6-0) in the first game, allowing just one run in 7 1/3 innings. Mark Peterson got his first win (1-1) in the nightcap - Peterson gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Jason Patten worked out of the bullpen in two games - he didn't allow a base runner in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Sal Pezzino went 5-for-9 in the doubleheader to lead High Point (21-14, 6-3) - Pezzino had eight hits in the series.
GAME 1: Radford 8, High Point 3
Tyler Costello pitched into the eighth inning for the fourth time this season and the Highlanders scored the first three runs of the game to take control in the game one win.
Zach Costello gave his brother run support with a pair of RBIs - Costello had a run-scoring double in the fourth inning to key a two-run frame. He plated another run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to cap the scoring for Radford.
Costello was one of five Highlanders with multi-hit efforts - Josh Gardiner led the way with a 3-for-5 game at the plate.
In addition, Radford swiped five bases on seven attempts in the game.
The Highlanders put a pair on the board in the first inning - Matt Mack had a two-run single with no one out after singles by Zach Costello and Jeff Kemp to start the game.
Pezzino went 3-for-5 to lead High Point. Right-handed starter Matt Armstead worked 3 2/3 innings in the loss (3-3), allowing four earned runs on nine hits.
GAME 2: Radford 10, High Point 4
Zach Costello had a 4-for-6 game, Mack went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, and Radford scored three times in the first and seventh innings on the way to the doubleheader sweep.
The Highlanders struck first again - after Costello singled to start the game, a Kemp double on the next play knocked him home to put Radford on the board first. After Kemp scored on a wild pitch, a Mack single knocked in Cory Turner to make it a 3-0 lead.
The Highlanders added single runs in the third and fourth, but High Point put runs on the board in four straight innings, cutting the lead to 5-4 on Ryne Rush's RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth.
Radford took control back in the seventh - Brett Mollenhauer singled to bring in Turner, then scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to 8-4. Carl Travers knocked in a run to make it a five-run lead, at 9-4.
Mark Peterson allowed 11 hits through 6 2/3 innings - but put up a scoreless inning in the sixth to stop the High Point scoring, then started a scoreless seventh.
Jacob Newberry pitched five innings in his start for High Point, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits in the loss (3-2).
Radford plays its next six games outside of league play, beginning with Virginia Tech at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. High Point continues its current homestand on Friday, April 13 when the Panthers return to action against Presbyterian College. First pitch against the Blue Hose is scheduled for 6 p.m.
WINTHROP 6-7, VMI 5-4 | GAME 1 | GAME 2
The Winthrop baseball team recorded a combined 25 hits in both games on Saturday afternoon as it swept a doubleheader against the VMI Keydets at Gray-Minor Stadium to wrap up a three-game series. Winthrop won by scores of 6-5 and 7-4.
The Eagles improve to 11-22 on the season and 4-5 in Conference action, while the Keydets fall to 11-20 overall and 4-8 in conference play.
Eric Ruth (3-2) earned the win in game one tossing 8.0 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. Reed Garrett (2-2) took the loss giving up one run (none earned) on two hits, four walks and four strikeouts in 4.0 innings of relief. Austin Stuart (3) recorded the save pitching one scoreless inning on one hit, no walks and one strikeout.
Winthrop got a two RBI single from Matt Lobacz in the top of the second to put the Eagles ahead 2-0, but VMI would respond with three runs of its own in the bottom of the second highlighted by a two RBI triple off the right field wall by Rob Dickinson that gave the Keydets a 3-2 lead. Matt Winn drove in the first run of the inning with two outs on a single to center field prior to the triple by Dickinson.
Patrick Gamblin's two-run homer off the scoreboard in left center field highlighted a three-run fifth inning for Winthrop to give it a 5-3 advantage. Lobacz also added an RBI single to center field in the inning. The Eagles collected four hits in the inning from Gamblin, Lobacz, Chas Crane and Justin Hopper, while Jason Driver started the inning with a walk and came home on the long ball by Gamblin.
VMI trimmed its deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh as Nick Dwyer scored when Brandon Diamond hit into a pinch-hit 6-4-3 double play. Dwyer led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by Ruth and went to third on a hit-and-run single to right field by Cameron Walter. Dickinson's third hit of the game, a solo home run to right field, tied the contest for the Keydets at 5-5 to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. It was the second home run of the season for Dickinson.
Max Vogel delivered a two-out pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth to put Winthrop back on top of VMI 6-5. TJ Olesczuk started the inning by reaching on an error by Berkley Hawkins at third and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Crane. Olesczuk would then score on the single by Vogel.
Lobacz led the Eagles in the doubleheader opener with three hits and three RBI, tying his season-high in both categories. Dickinson had a team-high three hits and three RBI for the Keydets.
Tyler Klitsch (2-2) picked up the win on the mound for Winthrop in game two surrendering three runs (two earned) on 10 hits, no walks and four strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched. Jeremy Brown (0-4) suffered the loss in the finale pitching 4.1 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
The Eagles would strike first in the top of the first inning of game two on Olesczuk's two RBI single to left field to put Winthrop in front 2-0, but Jacob Morley cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second for they Keydets on his solo homer to right center field for his seventh home run of the season.
Driver and Gamblin extended Winthrop's lead in the top of the fifth to 4-1 after scoring two runs in the inning. Driver belted his first career home run as an Eagle to right field with one out in the inning, and Gamblin followed two batters later with an RBI double down the left field line. Crane came home on the double by Gamblin as he doubled off the right field wall after Driver's homer.
VMI responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 4-3 contest. Dickinson and George Piccirilli each had an RBI single in the inning as Dickinson's hit went to right field and Piccirilli's to center field.
Olesczuk's third home run of the season, a two-run shot, highlighted a three-run seventh inning as Winthrop increased its lead to 7-3. The homer by Olesczuk was the second of the game for the Eagles, while Lobacz added an RBI sacrifice fly to left field to start the scoring for Winthrop.
Stuart would run into trouble in the bottom of the ninth trying to close the game out for the Eagles as he allowed the first two runners on base including an RBI single to center field by Dickinson. The Keydets then had runners at second and third with one out before Stuart struck out Morley looking and got Dwyer to ground out and end the game.
Driver led Winthrop offensively in game two with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while Olesczuk drove in four RBI. Dickinson had a team-leading four hits for VMI and two RBI.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Charleston, S.C. to face the College of Charleston Cougars. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. VMI will return to action Tuesday, taking on VCU at the Diamond in Richmond. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
COASTAL CAROLINA 11-3, GARDNER-WEBB 4-7 | GAME 1 | GAME 2
Alex Buccilli and Daniel Bowman each had three hits and Justin Creel drove in three to lead #28 Coastal Carolina to an 11-4 win in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at Gardner-Webb.
While the offense was clicking, Chanticleer starter Austin Wallace (2-0) pitched a career-high six innings and struck out five with no walks. He did allow seven hits and four runs, but only three were earned. Ryan Connolly worked the final three innings, scattering four hits, to get his sixth save of the season.
After leaving the bases loaded and not scoring in the first inning, Coastal took advantage of two errors and a home run to score six runs in the second. Chris Suseck and Jacob May walked before Creel had an RBI single to bring home Suseck. Then, with two outs, Buccilli singled to center to plate May. Two errors on the play also allowed Creel and Buccilli to score. Bowman followed with a home run to left field, giving the senior four round trippers on the year and 44 for his career. Tucker Frawley keep the inning alive with a walk before he stole second and scored on Ted Blackman's single.
Gardner-Webb came back to score three in the home half. Scott Coleman had a leadoff single and Brad Collins reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt, Danny Yelverton delivered a sacrifice fly while Henry Rundio and Zeke Blanton had back-to-back RBI hits.
Coastal pushed its advantage to 7-3 in the sixth. After three walks, one being intentional, Frawley hit a pop fly to shallow left, but it was deep enough to score Creel.
After Wallace sat down 10 straight from one out in the the third inning until two outs in the sixth, Collins hit a triple to the right-center field wall and Ryan Hodge followed with an infield single to make the score 7-4.
To start the seventh, Will Canady walked Suseck and hit Brian Pruett with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, Creel welcomed new GWU pitcher Matt Liedberg with a two-run single. The next inning, the Chants went up 10-4. Frawley reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on an RBU single by Pruett.
In the ninth, Coastal turned to its bench and they responded. Luke Willis had a leadoff single and Keith Picconi executed a hit and run to put runners on the corners. Rich Witten brought home Willis with a sacrifice fly to center to provide the 11-4 final.
Conner Scarborough (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing eight hits, six runs and four walks over 4.2 innings.
Freshman southpaw Beau Hilton hurled six shutout innings to key Gardner-Webb to a 7-3 win over Coastal Carolina in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, helping the Runnin' Bulldogs earn a split.
The win in the series finale was Gardner-Webb's first over Coastal Carolina since the two began playing in 2009 - with the Chanticleers winning the previous 12 meetings.
Gardner-Webb (17-16, 3-6 Big South) plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good, chasing starter Patrick Corbett after just four batters. John Harris had an RBI single, Dusty Quattlebaum had an RBI double and Adam McFarland capped the inning with a sacrifice fly for the early edge.
The 'Dogs added to that lead in the bottom of the sixth, with Ryan Hodge executing a suicide squeeze bunt for a 4-0 lead.
Coastal Carolina plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to get closer, but Gardner-Webb scored three runs on three hits and a pair of CCU errors in the bottom of the eighth to go up 7-2. Harris and Quattlebaum each had RBI singles in that frame.
The Chanticleers scored one run in the top of the ninth for the final margin.
Hilton (4-0) allowed just two runs in the game, both coming in the seventh inning after a stellar first six frames. The Jacksonville, Fla., native scattered six hits and struck out one. Adam Izokovic came on with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh, and finished the game for his fifth save of the season.
Hodge led Gardner-Webb's nine-hit effort in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Harris (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Quattlebaum (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) also had big games.
Corbett (2-2) took the loss for Coastal Carolina, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks without recording an out. The Chanticleers used six pitchers in the game.
Coastal had seven hits, with Justin Creel (2-for-4, run) and Sloan Gilliam (2-for-4, run) leading that charge.
Coastal Carolina will end its nine-game road swing with a game at UNC Wilmington Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 pm. Coastal will return to Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field Wednesday, hosting The Citadel at 6 pm. Gardner-Webb will step out of conference on Tuesday, hosting Appalachian State at 6:00 pm at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 10-6, UNC ASHEVILLE 2-11 | GAME 1 | GAME 2
Another big inning late in the game lifted Charleston Southern to victory in game one of the day as they defeated UNC Asheville 10-2 in 10 innings. In game two of the afternoon the Bucs would pound out 13 hits but it would not be enough as they fell to the Bulldogs 11-6 in the series finale.
GAME ONE - Charleston Southern 10, UNC Asheville 2 (10 innings)
The first game of the day would prove to be a pitchers' duel through the first nine innings as starters Charlie McCready and Ryan Dull would battle it out on the mound with neither giving in easily. Nine innings would prove not to be enough though as CSU exploded in the tenth in winning the game and clinching the series.
McCready went six innings for the Buccaneers allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. He also punched three batters out on strikes.
Asheville got out to the early 1-0 lead in the ball game in the bottom of the second. With two outs Eli Miller hit a dribbler out in front of home plate that CSU catcher Blake Hunt would throw errantly to first base, allowing Miller to move to second on the play. Cody Buch did not waste any time in capitalizing on the mistake as he drove a ball down the right field line for a single to score Miller.
Charleston Southern quickly answered with a two out rally of their own to even the score at one. Jaren Sustar began things with a two out single between the shortstop and third baseman and stole second three pitches later. John Faircloth would collect one of his five base hits in the ball game with an RBI single up the middle to score Sustar.
The Bulldogs would take the lead again in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double off the bat of Ian Graham that plated Patrick Koontz.
Again though, CSU would answer as Harrison Wilkins led off the top of the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a Bobby Ison sacrifice bunt. With two outs now, Wilkins would come around to score on another Faircloth RBI single just out of the reach of Bulldog first baseman Hunter Bryant.
The game would remain tied into the top of the 10th when the Bucs would erupt for an eight running inning to put the game away. Chase Shelton laced a line drive just over the shortstop's head to break a 2-2 tie as Faircloth came around to score making it 3-2.
Thomas Levander, Wilkins and Ison all had RBI doubles in the tenth frame. Drew Woodall capped the Charleston Southern scoring with an RBI single of his own.
Zach Hagaman (4-0) got the win in relief for the third time this week. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of perfect baseball. Denis Buckley threw a scoreless 2 1/3 as he relieved McCready to begin the seventh inning.
UNC Asheville would use six pitchers in the first game, including four in the tenth inning alone. Adam Spracklin (1-2) picked up the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits and did not record an out. Dull struck out nine in seven innings in getting the start for the Bulldogs. He allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and just one walk.
Faircloth's five hit day was the most hits in a game this season by a Buccaneer. Shelton and Ison both had three hits a piece in the CSU offensive attack.
GAME TWO - UNC Asheville 11, Charleston Southern 6
Game two saw the Bucs strike first in the opening frame, plating two runs in the top of the first. The Bulldogs responded in the bottom half of the first, scoring a run on a Hunter Bryant single up the middle. CSU posted another run in the top of the second, as Robbie Streett singled to center to put the Bucs up 3-1.
The Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a Bryant two-RBI single.
After CSU scored a run in the top of the fifth on a Faircloth solo home run to left to cut the lead to 6-4, only to see the Bulldogs plate four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman centerfielder Cody Adkins hit the first home run of his career in that sixth inning, a two-RBI shot right.
Asheville would add a run in the eighth to go up 11-4, scoring on a Sam Turner single to left. CSU would score two runs in the top of the ninth but could not keep the rally going, as the Bucs would fall by the final of 11-6.
The Bulldogs will host ETSU on Tuesday afternoon at Greenwood Field, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. Charleston Southern will return to action on Tuesday when its travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on USC Upstate before returning home on Wednesday to take on UNC Wilmington. First pitch at USC Upstate is set for 6:00 p.m. while the game time for Wednesday's contest at home is 3:00 p.m.
LIBERTY 8-6, CAMPBELL 6-7 | GAME 1 | GAME 2
Liberty and Campbell split a doubleheader Saturday. The Flames won the first game, 8-6, while the Camels won the finale, 7-6 in 10 innings. All three games of the series were decided by two runs or less. The Fighting Camels move to 26-7 overall, 6-3 in the Big South while the Flames improve to 27-8, 7-2 in League play to take sole possession of first place.
Game 1: Liberty 8, Campbell 6
Liberty scored five runs over the first two innings to take a 5-0 lead and the Flames held on late for an 8-6 victory in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Andy Smith paced the LU offense, finishing 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and one run scored in the game.
Smith put the Flames in front early on his two-run homer in the first inning. The hosts added three more runs in the second inning on two hits, one walk and one error to take a 5-0 advantage.
Campbell got on the scoreboard in the third inning, with Ben Fish contributing a leadoff home run for his first round-tripper of the season. The Camels added another run in the fifth inning when Fish scored on Michael Felton's RBI single up the middle.
LU immediately answered in the bottom half of the fifth, getting a two-run homer from Alex Close to extend the Flame lead back out to five runs at 7-2.
Down 8-3 in the seventh inning, Campbell used a three-run blast from David Olson to climb within a two-run deficit.
The Camels then loaded the bases in the ninth inning, when Patrick Bankemper entered from the LU bullpen with one out. B ankemper threw seven pitches (all strikes) to record the final two outs of the game and pick up the save.
Frank Zier (3-1) took the loss for CU, allowing eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in 4.2 innings of work. Patrick Eckelbarger earned the win for the Flames to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Game 2: Campbell 7, Liberty 6 (10 innings)
Campbell scored on a sacrifice fly from Bryce Grady in the 10th inning to take the series finale 7-6 over the first-place Flames. The final game proved to be a back-and-forth affair, much like the first two games of the tight series.
Felton tripled with two outs in the first and came around to score when Jake Kirkland reached on an error. Liberty scored two runs in the bottom of the first for the third consecutive game in the series. The Camels also scored a single run in the second and third innings to open a 3-2 lead over the hosts.
After tying the game in the fourth, the Flames got to CU starter Andrew Jacobsen in the fifth, scoring two more runs to force a move to the Camel bullpen. LU took a 5-3 lead after the fifth before Campbell rallied to tie the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Fish.
The visitors took their second lead of the day in the seventh when Jeremy Brenneman scored off an RBI single from Olson to give CU a 6-5 advantage. Logan Self pitched 3.1 innings of no-hit ball in relief for the Camels before he surrendered a solo home run to Danny Grauer in the eighth inning. Matt Marksberry entered and tossed 1.2 innings with one hit, one walk, one strikeout and no runs while picking up the win.
Liberty had a chance to sweep the series in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and two outs. Designated hitter Tyler Cox ripped a ball deep to left field that Brenneman chased down at the track to keep the Flame baserunner from scoring and send the game to extra innings.
In the 10th, Grady reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a walk and to third on a wild pitch. Grady then came to the plate on a sac fly from Cam'Ron Summers.
Olson came on to close out the game in the 10th inning and worked around two walks to pick up his fourth save of the season.
CU will be back in action on Tuesday when the Camels host North Carolina A&T at Taylor Field, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. Liberty remains at home as the Flames host James Madison Tuesday at 6:00pm.
UNC GREENSBORO 4, PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 1 | BOX SCORE
Presbyterian College freshman lefthander Beau Dees had a no-hitter through five innings in the team's rubber match against UNC Greensboro on Saturday, but the Spartans broke up the bid in the sixth en route to a win over the Blue Hose, 4-1.
PC moves to 13-20 overall, while UNC Greensboro improves to 17-13.
Dees took the loss despite a strong outing. The Blue Hose pitcher did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, when Greensboro found four runs and five hits for the eventual winning margin.
Robby Swab led PC with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. He also drove in the squad's lone run.
Neither team registered a hit until the fifth inning. The Blue Hose struck first, as Kenny Bryant posted a leadoff double and Swab followed with an RBI double of his own. PC led after the frame, 1-0.
Dees struck out the side in the fifth, accounting for three of his four strikeouts on Saturday.
PC came close to building on its lead in the sixth, placing runners at second and third. A flyout ended the chance, however, and the teams headed to the bottom of the frame.
The Spartans scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the inning. After one out, Zach Leach tripled to right field and came home after Trevor Edwards lined a double into right. A single and two more doubles put three more runs on the board before Dees escaped a jam with runners on the corners. Greensboro led, 4-1.
PC put runners in scoring position in each of the remaining three innings but could not convert as Greensboro held on for the win.
Corey Taylor gave up three hits in six innings for the Spartans to earn the win. Dylan Hathcock earned the save.
The Blue Hose return home for their next game, a Tuesday contest against Davidson at the PC Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.