CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern continued their domination Saturday taking both ends of a doubleheader to sweep the Big South series from USC Upstate behind 9-4 and 12-4 victories at CSU Ballpark, collecting their 10th conference win and series sweep in the process.
CSU (20-31, 10-14 Big South) got the bats going early once again in the first game scoring a run in the first before posting two in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings to cruise to the series-clinching 9-4 win before tallying the game's first seven runs en route to a sweep-clinching 12-4 victory to close the day.
USC Upstate (22-26, 8-15 Big South) did grab their first and only lead of the weekend in game one scoring three runs for a 3-1 margin in the second, but it was short-lived as the Bucs rallied for two to answer and step on the gas from there.
Junior first baseman continued to knock the ball around the yard smacking a home run in all three games of the series leading a Buccaneer offense that hit eight alone Saturday between the two contests.
Overall, the Buccaneer offense posted 30 runs on 42 hits against a USC Upstate starting staff that had a 4.57 ERA as a unit coming into the weekend. Of the 30 runs scored, 29 came as earned with CSU getting multiple two and three-hit days from everyone in the lineup. Stoudemire also posted five hits across the two wins Saturday including a 4-for-5 contest in game one.
CSU 9, USC Upstate 4
Charleston Southern junior starter Cam Weinberger pitched into the sixth inning allowing just three runs to up his record to 4-3 on the season collecting his third Big South win as a Buccaneer. Freshman righty RJ Petit came on for relief with one down in the sixth and got two strikeouts to end an RBI threat before tossing the final 17 outs and collecting his fourth save of the season.
Stoudemire's four-hit performance in game one led the offense as he drove-in a pair and extended his at-bat streak to eight-straight with a hit. Stoudemire went 4-fo-4 Friday with a sacrifice fly then had four hits in his first four appearances Saturday.
Reid Hardwick had a three-hit day and Jason Miller added a pair of knocks in the runaway win while Stoudemire, Miller and Josh Litchfield all three scored twice each and drove-in a pair. All three of Miller, Stoudemire and Litchfield also homered in the win.
Petit's scoreless streak came to an end at 23.1 frames with two outs in the ninth inning on a CSU error, but the freshman did collect his fourth save striking out four Spartan hitters.
CSU 12, USC Upstate 4
It was nearly the same story offensively for the Bucs in the finale as they scored the game's first seven runs by the end of the third thanks to a solo homer from Ryan Stoudemire, a two-run double from Jack DeLongchamps and a two-run home run by Javon Martin.
Stoudemire's homer in the first inning was his third of the weekend and fifth extra-base hit.
Cody Maw was in a groove early retiring the first six men he faced before surrendering a leadoff single in the fourth, the first of the day for the Spartans in game two. Maw would allow just two runs, both earned for yet another quality start from the senior southpaw as he struck out five over 6.0 innings.
Four Buccaneers collected a pair of hits in game two – Jason Miller, Kyle Horton, Jack DeLongchamps and Javon Martin – and four drove in at least two runs in the win – Ryan Stoudemire, Max Ryerson, DeLongchamps and Martin.
The Bucs would lead by as many as nine at 11-2 through six innings before a pair of solo home runs in the seventh and ninth gave USC Upstate their final runs of the ballgame.
News and Notes
- Ryan Stoudemire hit three home runs on the weekend, one in all three games, and had five extra base hits. Overall, Stoudemire had a slash line of .588/.526/1.235 over the Bucs's four games this past week while driving in six and scoring six times himself.
- Stoudemire leads the Bucs with 13 homers in 2019 and became the second Buccaneer to go deep in three-straight games joining Max Ryerson.
- Javon Martin hit his fourth longball of 2019 in the second inning of game two, capping a four-spot.
- Josh Peters took the first pitch he saw Saturday and deposited it into the palmetto trees in left field for his first of 2019 and second as a Buccaneer.
- Cam Weinberger picked up his team-best third Big South win tossing 5.1 frames keeping the Spartans off the scoreboard in four innings and allowing the offense to go to work.
- Cody Maw picked up his second Big South win in the finale with another quality start making it a perfect 12-of-12 starts going at least 5.0 innings as he shut down the Spartan lineup with five strikeouts and just two runs allowed over 6.0 frames Saturday.
- Jason Miller also homered Saturday and reached safely in both games to extend his season-best on-base streak to 30 games.
CSU heads to Charlotte for one final nonconference midweek game Tuesday before hosting Presbyterian for a three-game set beginning Thursday. First pitch Tuesday in the Queen City is slated for 5 p.m.
What They're Saying
"I'm seeing the ball pretty well, just trying to put the bat on the ball. The way the weekend was going I figured the (home run in the first inning) was getting out. He left a fastball up and I was able to put a good swing on it. We were able to get some action with hit-and-runs, laid down a few bunts, stole some bases and when you can get those rolling, hitting the baseball becomes much easier." – Ryan Stoudemire on his weekend and the team's approach at the plate.
"We played well in all facets of the game this weekend. We played clean defensively for the most part – guys were swinging the bats and it was a good weekend all the way around. Ryan's a good hitter, and that's just how baseball goes sometimes, when you put in the work and have some ability the baseball can look like a beach ball at times. He's in one of those grooves right now." – Coach Ward on the weekend and Ryan Stoudemire's hit parade.
"We're getting better and getting healthy and some guys are hot. You want to be playing your best baseball as you get closer to the conference tournament and that's the goal." – Ward on the team's breakout weekend.