Baseball pushes No. 3 North Carolina to the brink Tuesday

Baseball pushes No. 3 North Carolina to the brink Tuesday

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Just over 24 hours after a breakout offensive performance, the Charleston Southern baseball team pushed No. 3/4 North Carolina to the brink Tuesday afternoon in their home stadium before falling 7-6.

Both Justin Dahill and Max Ryerson had two-RBI performances in the loss as CSU (4-10) matched North Carolina (12-1) punch-for-punch before a walkoff in the ninth gave the Tar Heels the midweek win.

Dahill got his day started with an RBI knock then added a sacrifice fly while Ryerson was called upon for  a pinch-hit at-bat in the eight delivering the game-tying two-run double.

The Bucs scored first on the nationally-ranked Tar Heels thanks to a throwing error in the first, but the Tar Heels put up a five-spot in the third to erase the early momentum.

CSU chipped away at the margin with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth setting the stage for Ryerson's late double.

North Carolina was able to load the bases with nobody out in the ninth before pushing across the winning run on a one-out walk. Ryan Stoudemire (1-2) took the loss throwing the final 1.1 innings while North Carolina's Austin Love (4-0) collected the win in relief.

How They Scored

  • CSU got ahead early after a throwing error brought Josh Litchfield in from third and the Bucs led 1-0 for the first two frames.
  • North Carolina broke through with a big third inning pushing across five runs on just one hit for their first lead of the night.
  • CSU responded with two in the fourth to cut it to 5-3 before the home Tar Heels made it 6-3 on an RBI sacrifice fly through four innings.
  • The Bucs added another run in the fifth on Dahill's second RBI –a sacrifice fly to center field for a 6-4 deficit where it would stand until the eighth.
  • With two-men on and two-down, freshman outfielder Max Ryerson pinch-hit and delivered the game-tying two-run double for a 6-6 score heading into the ninth.
  • North Carolina wiggled out of trouble in the top of the ninth then loaded the bases in the home half before a one-out walk ended the game in favor of North Carolina.

News and Notes

  • Justin Dahill collected his first multi-RBI game in the loss getting the start as the designated hitter.
  • Max Ryerson's two-run double made him the second Buccaneer to reach 10 RBI's joining Ryan Stoudemire.
  • The Bucs outhit the No. 3 team in the nation Tuesday night posting eight knocks to just five for the home Tar Heels.
  • With his second double of the season, Jack DeLongchamps joins Ryan Stoudmire as the first two Bucs with slugging percentages above .500 on the season.
  • The duo of Stoudemire and Josh Litchfield also extended their hit streaks to six while Kyle Horton became the second Buccaneer with a 10-game on-base streak.

Up Next

CSU returns to Charleston for a three-game weekend set with two scheduled at Joe Riley Park and Saturday's at CSU Ballpark. First pitch Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SoCon Digital Network.