GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Using a middle-inning outburst, Tusculum outpaced Anderson, 7-4, in South Atlantic Conference baseball action Monday afternoon at Pioneer Park.
Anderson fell to 8-19 overall and 5-10 in the league, while suffering its seventh consecutive setback, with Tusculum moving to 16-15 and 9-6.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Chandler Castleberry led the Trojan offense with two hits, while senior William Thomas added a two-run single in the fifth inning. Classmate Tyler Miller reached base three times in four trips to the plate with a pair of walks and an infield single, with freshman left fielder Dalton Shaw getting hit by a pitch in three separate at-bats.
Junior right-hander Will Gee slipped to 2-4 in the season and absorbed the setback after allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of work on the mound. The Blackville, S.C., native fanned two batters, while issuing three free passes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tusculum struck first with a solo run in the bottom of the second inning, while AU's Dillon Carpenter led off the third inning with a walk and knotted the score when he crossed the plate on Jackson Strange's one-out single through the left side.
The Pioneers took the lead for good when they scored four times in the fourth, while AU countered by cutting the deficit to 5-4 by posting a three-run fifth inning. Castleberry and Matthew Overton led off with back-to-back singles and Castleberry scored on freshman Chase Stephens' clutch two-out, pinch-hit single down the right field line. After Shaw was hit by a pitch, both Overton and Stephens crossed the plate when Thomas singled to center.
Tusculum added two runs in the bottom of the frame to round out the scoring.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Trojans stranded 11 runners, while Tusculum left eight runners on base.
Anderson will look to get back in the win column when the Trojans wrap up their eight-game road swing at Erskine on Tuesday. The Trojans will be looking to avenge an earlier 6-2 loss to the Flying Fleet when the two teams square off at 3 p.m.