By: CSU Sports Media
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Facing a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning, Charleston Southern rallied for a pair of two-out runs to force extra innings before prevailing 8-3 in 13 frames over No. 2 seed Radford Wednesday in Big South Championships baseball action.
A plethora of Buccaneers (23-34) played the role of hero in the comeback effort over Radford (29-26) jumpstarted by 3.2 innings of relief from Eddie Hiott to Payton Holdsworth’s three hits and two RBI’s to Max Ryerson’s two doubles and RJ Petit’s 5.0 innings for the win in relief.
Radford jumped to an early 1-0 lead on J.D. Mundy’s RBI double, then added on for another in the fourth to make it 2-0, but a bases-loaded and nobody out situation only succumbed to one Highlander run as Hiott stranded the bases loaded.
CSU hung around in the late innings before stringing together clutch at-bats in the ninth to tie it –the big blow coming from Payton Holdsworth’s single to right scoring Kyle Horton to tie it at 2-2 and force extras.
Holdsworth played the role of hero again hitting his first career home run for a 3-2 lead in the 12th, but the Highlanders had an answer in the bottom half pushing across one to extend the contest.
It was all Bucs in the final frame as five runs came across, all sparked by a leadoff hit-by-pitch and walk. Max Ryerson promptly doubled to right, then Josh Litchfield singled home a runner, Jack Delongchamps drove home a runner and Reid Hardwick laid down a safety squeeze bunt.
Charleston Southern looks to continue their run for glory Thursday afternoon as they take on regular season champion Campbell at 12:30 p.m. from SEGRA Stadium. First pitch is slated for ESPN+ with the Bucs seeking to take down the top seed.