CHARLESTON, S.C. – Facing the Friday night starter in both ends of a twinbill, the Charleston Southern baseball team fell to Notre Dame 7-4 and Ball State 3-1 from Shipyard Park on the first day of the 2019 Swig & Swine Classic.
In the weekend opener, senior right hander Tyler Weekley battled to toss 5.0 frames for CSU (3-8) and a hard-luck loss allowing just two earned runs while striking out seven Irish hitters. On the other side, Notre Dame (3-5) starter Tommy Sheehan pitched 8.0 frames allowing all four Buccaneer runs, all earned while striking out six and walking one.
CSU and Notre Dame traded early blows with the Irish putting up a run in the bottom of the first before CSU responded with four in the second, then a three-spot in the bottom half tied the game at 4-4 through just two innings.
Weekley and Sheehan then settled in to trade zeros with Weekley surrendering just one more run in the third and Sheehan shutting down the Buccaneer lineup the rest of his outing. The southpaw sat down 17-straight Bucs between the second and seventh innings before Cole Kmet nailed down the save.
In the second contest, redshirt-freshman Chayce McDermott tossed 6.0 scoreless frames and striking out seven batters for the win surrendering four hits and walking four, but worked in-and-out of trouble throughout the night. On the other side, CSU junior righty Cam Weinberger began the day with six strikeouts through two frames, his lone blemish being a solo home run, but surrendered two-more in the fourth in a second Buccaneer hard-luck loss Friday.
Game 1 – Notre Dame 7, CSU 4
How They Scored
- Notre Dame struck first on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
- That was short-lived as CSU quickly responded with four of their own in the second thanks to RBI hits from freshmen Max Ryerson and Kyle Horton as well as senior center fielder Josh Litchfield.
- Ryerson's run-scoring single plated Stoudemire to tie it at 1-1 before Litchfield smacked an RBI single for a 2-1 lead and Horton's bloop single to right made it 4-1 Buccaneers.
- Notre Dame responded with three runs in the second behind a pair of hits and error to tie it at 4-4 through just two innings.
- After Notre Dame regained the lead in the bottom of the third, both pitchers settled in to toss zeros across the final innings of their day.
- The Irish pushed across two insurance runs in the eighth, just one earned off CSU reliever Eddie Hiott.
News and Notes
- Tyler Weekley struck out another seven batters in his third outing of the season, giving him six-plus in each start. He has also tossed at least 5.0 frames for the Bucs in all three Friday starts.
- Each of the first four hitters in the Buccaneer lineup collected a hit for the second-straight game while Kyle Horton grabbed his first two RBI game. Horton also extended his hit streak to six with the two-run single.
- Jason Miller drew the lone CSU walk of the afternoon and scored one of the four runs joined by Ryan Stoudemire, Max Ryerson and Ryan Rizk as Buccaneers to cross home plate.
Game 2 –Ball State 3, CSU 1
How They Scored
- Cam Weinberger was brilliant the first time through the order striking out six and sitting down eight batters with his lone blemish a solo home run from Ball State second baseman Noah Navarro in the first.
- Weinberger and Ball State starter Chayce McDermott battled scoreless frames before the Cardinals got to Weinberger for two in the fourth inning, their final tallies of the night.
- CSU got the bullpen after six scoreless frames by McDermott to scratch across their lone run in the eighth on Hardwick's RBI single to right field.
- The Bucs had a chance to tie it or even take the lead in the eighth, but a strikeout with the bases loaded end the frame and swung the momentum back to the Cardinals.
News and Notes
- Both Josh Litchfield and Reid Hardwick had three-hit days in the second game giving Litchfield his second such performance and Hardwick his first as a Buccaneer.
- CSU did all of their damage pushing across all five of their runs in one inning Friday with their four-run second versus Notre Dame and one-run eighth against Ball State.
- CSU had chances in both contests putting runners on base and chipping at deficits, but couldn't cash-in late.
CSU returns to CSU Ballpark Saturday afternoon as they'll take on Notre Dame at 4 PM on ESPN+, their only game of the day and Notre Dame's second of a doubleheader at Shipyard Park and CSU. The Irish take on Ball State at 11 a.m. from Shipyard Park Saturday morning before the Bucs and Irish matchup in the afternoon.