ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Charleston Southern scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to pick up a Big South Conference road victory over UNC Asheville on Friday afternoon, as the Buccaneers earned a 6-1 win over the home-standing Bulldogs at Greenwood Field.
Asheville (14-17, 5-6 Big South) had eight different players record a hit in the contest, but the Bulldogs could not string enough together to plate runners, stranding seven runners on the day.
Third baseman John Faircloth went 2-for-4 at the plate for CSU, with two runs batten in. Zach Hagaman picked up the victory in relief to improve to 3-2 on the year, tossing only one-third of an inning. Ryan Gunther got the start for the Bucs and went seven and two-thirds, allowing only one run (unearned) on eight hits.
Dean Roland was credited with the loss for Asheville, allowing four runs (three earned) in eight and one-thirds innings. Roland falls to 4-3 on the year with the loss despite the strong outing.
Shortstop Alex Tomasovich broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second, hitting a solo home run to left to put CSU up 1-0. After the homer by Tomasovich both pitchers would shut down the opposition over the next six innings.
The Bulldogs would get on the board in the bottom of the eighth, as Thomas Bess scored on an error by CSU's catcher to tie the game at one run apiece.
The Bucs started off the top of the ninth with a pair of singles, followed by an Asheville error to load the bases. Jaren Suhstar then singled to center drive in a run and give CSU a 2-1 lead. The Bucs then posted four more runs in the frame before the Bulldogs were able to get out of the inning.
Corey Deighan would close out the game for CSU, sitting the Bulldogs down in order to secure the victory for the Bucs.
The two teams will close out the three-game series tomorrow at Greenwood with a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m.