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The Diamond Dogs, fresh from a weekend sweep that proved they could pitch and potentially salvaged their season, came into Tuesday’s game against Charleston Southern sporting a No. 30 national ranking and proceeded to post their sixth win in their last seven tries with an 8-1 victory over the Buccaneers.
After each team carded a lone hit in a scoreless opening inning, the visitors went three up and three down in the top of the second canto. The Classic City Canines therefore became the first to score when first baseman Jonathan Hester sent a two-out triple to center field in the home team’s turn at the plate and left fielder Peter Verdin brought him home with a bunt single. A walk issued to second baseman Levi Hyams and a single by third baseman Curt Powell loaded the bases for shortstop Kyle Farmer, who drove in two runs with a double. Center fielder Zach Cone plated another pair of runs with a base hit. By the time designated hitter Chase Davidson flied out to center field, the Bulldogs had taken a 5-0 lead.
CSU failed to produce a baserunner in the top of the third frame, but the Red and Black added to their advantage in the bottom of the stanza. Catcher Brett DeLoach led off with a single, advanced two bases on a wild pitch and a groundout, and scored when Hester grounded out to short. Chase Hawkins retired the side in sequence to start the fourth inning before the Red and Black squandered a leadoff double by Powell in the home half of the canto.
A Hyams error produced the only baserunner of the fifth frame, and the Buccaneers collected two hits in the sixth stanza---twice as many as they had managed in the previous five innings combined---but failed to advance a man past second base. The Classic City Canines wasted Verdin’s single to start the bottom of the canto before Charleston Southern got a runner as far as third in the ensuing frame, but the scoring drought continued until Davidson belted a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
David Perno began substituting liberally in the eighth stanza, which passed quickly for the visitors in their turn at bat but saw the Bulldogs pad their lead with a walk and a pair of singles in the home half of the canto. The Athenians’ eighth run, like six of their first seven, came with two outs against them.
Earl Daniels came on to pitch the ninth frame, surrendering the first walk issued to a Buccaneer batter with one out away, then allowing the first run conceded to CSU on an RBI single. Another base hit followed before Daniels secured the strikeout and the flyout that ended the game.
Chase Hawkins gave the Diamond Dogs six quality innings as the starter, conceding just three hits without allowing either a walk or a run. The pitching staff combined to strike out seven and walk one while holding Charleston Southern to six hits and an earned run. At the top of the order, Levi Hyams, Curt Powell, and Kyle Farmer together went six for 13 with three RBI and three runs.