By: CSU Sports Media
Facing a 6-2 deficit, Charleston Southern had an eighth-inning rally unfolding, but High Point was able to get out of it and holdoff the Buccaneer comeback 8-2 Sunday to take the finale and series in the rubber match.
High Point (11-14, 4-5 Big South) used the long ball early in the contest on a windy day to jump out to a 5-0 lead through three innings smacking two home runs before CSU (10-21, 1-7 Big South) could crack the scoreboard on two longballs from Ryan Stoudemire and Max Ryerson. Travis Holt answered with a solo shot in the bottom half of the sixth made it a 6-2 ballgame where it would stand down the stretch before High Point added two in the eighth.
CSU had chances to cut back into the margin, but three double plays from the Panther infield cut down most momentum-swinging chances the Bucs built.
Junior righty Joe Johnson picked up the win tossing 6.0 frames allowing just the two home runs while CSU senior southpaw Cody Maw took the loss surrendering five runs in 5.0 frames as the wind carried two fly balls over the fence in left for three Panther runs.
The Bucs strung together back-to-back walks from Payton Holdsworth and Jason Miller to lead the eighth frame, but a 5-3 double play quickly cut the momentum and a strikeout ended the CSU threat.
CSU caps their five game road swing with a nonconference trip to Spartanburg for a Tuesday night showdown with USC Upstate before hosting Lowcountry rival The Citadel Wednesday evening. First pitch Tuesday and Wednesday are both scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.