Charleston, S.C. (Feb. 19, 2017) ---Another strong pitching effort was not enough to prevent the Delaware State baseball from falling to Charleston Southern 3-1 in the series finale at CSU Ballpark this afternoon.
Hornet freshman Garrett Lawson, a Dover (Del.) High School product making his collegiate debut, settled down after giving up three runs in the first three innings to keep DSU in the game.
Lawson was relieved after 6.2 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs, two earned, while striking out four and walking one.
Delaware State reliever Hunter McVey recorded the final out in the Charleston Southern seventh and Terry Godfrey pitched a scoreless eighth for the Hornets.
DSU outhit the Buccaneers 10-9, but failed to take advantage of several scoring opportunities.
For the third time in their three games this season, the Hornets scored a first inning run to take the lead.
Kwestin Smith led off the game with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Evan Regez. Darnel Maisonet followed with a single down the left field line to score Smith with the game’s first run.
Charleston Southern answered with two runs off Lawson in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Leadoff batter Nate Blanchard reached base on an error, while Chris Singleton and Jason Miller followed with singles to load the bases. The next batter, Aaron Miller, singled to right to score Blanchard and Singleton to give the Bucs a 2-1 lead. Jason Miller was thrown out at third on the play and Lawson got out of the first-inning jam with the help of a double play.
Charleston Southern (2-1) scored a third inning run on a two-out double by Jason Miller to open up a 3-1 lead.
The Hornets had scoring chances in the third, fourth and eighth innings, but left two men on base each time.
Darnel Maisonet had three hits in four at bats for the Hornets to raise his average to .700 (7-for-10) this season.
Regez, Smith and freshman Jared Gillis had two hits each for DSU.
Charleston Southern starter Nik Constantakos allowed eight hits and one run in 7.1 innings to earn the win. Buccaneer reliever Cody Smith gave up a lead-off single to Gillis in the DSU ninth, but forced the Hornets to hit into a double play and retired the final out on a grounder to record the save.
Delaware State (1-2) will return to action on Wed. (Feb. 22) with a single game at George Washington. Game time is 2:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
DSU’s home opener is Mar. 7 against Towson.