CHARLESTON -- Charleston Southern learned something from Wake Forest.
The Buccaneers smacked three home runs on Friday to whip Winthrop 9-4 in the first of a three-game series, matching the three hit by the Demon Deacons in a 10-8 win over the Eagles three days ago. Ryan Schwartz (3-5) shut down CSU (14-23, 3-7 Big South Conference) for 3 1-3 innings but the Buccaneers' sleeping bats awoke immediately after.
"They were just better than us today," coach Joe Hudak said. "They deserved to win and we didn't."
Schwartz was fine until just after the first out of the fourth inning, humming along with a 3-0 lead. The Bucs hit a double, a homer and a single before a double play killed the inning, but they led off the fifth with a triple and two singles.
Two more singles, another homer and a walk chased Schwartz in the sixth. Freshman Robert Lake hardly fared better, giving up a single, an RBI groundout, another single and another homer.
CSU scored five runs in the sixth to set up the lead.
Mike Ritson was able to finish the game with no further damage but the Eagles (15-22, 5-5) were in too deep of a hole. Winthrop's only runs also came from the long ball -- a three-run tonk from freshman Bennett Jordan, his second in four games, and a solo shot from Bryn Henderson -- but they weren't enough.
"We didn't pitch very well and we didn't swing very well," Hudak said. "We didn't play well enough to win."
The Eagles and Bucs finish the series today with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.