Diamond ‘Dogs Blast Charleston Southern, 11-3
Ladson, S.C. – The Citadel recorded double-digit hits for the sixth time in their last seven games as they routed Charleston Southern on Tuesday afternoon at Buccaneer Ballpark, 11-3.
The Bulldogs (15-22) pounded out 11 runs on 16 hits and were led at the plate by freshman shortstop Calvin Orth (Jacksonville, Fla.), who matched a career high in hits and RBI by going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Eight Bulldog starters recorded a hit as six of them picked up multiple hits.
Bryce Hines (Hanahan, S.C.) hurled 6.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits with four walks as he improved to 3-3 on the season. Freshman right-hander Connor Hitchingham (Jackonsville, Fla.) struck out a career-high four batters as he closed out the game, earning his first career save by going 3.0 innings, allowing three hits and two runs.
"I felt a lot better out there today," said Hines (3-3), who hadn't pitch since April 6. "Spotting my fastball was important as I was able work off the curve after that. I was anxious and missed being out there so it felt great."
The Bulldogs threatened immediately in the top of the first as Nick Orvin (Moncks Corner, S.C.) walked on four pitches from Buccaneer starter Levi Mauldin. After a fly out, Orvin would steal second and score on an RBI single to left field by William Ladd (Winnsboro, S.C.) to make it 1-0 quickly.
An RBI groundout by Josh Pless (Boiling Springs, S.C.) would score Drew DeKerlegand (Pearland, Texas) in the fourth to chase Mauldin (0-3). Orvin belted his team-leading sixth homer past the right field wall for a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run single by Joe Jackson (Mauldin, S.C.) would follow to score Brad Felder (Bowman, S.C.) and Ladd to make it 5-0.
Charleston Southern (20-21) was finally able to get to Hines in the fifth when Alex Tomasovich recorded the first hit of the game for the Bucs on a double to lead off the frame. An RBI single by Tom Burkett would later plate Tomasovich to cut the lead to 5-1.
The Bulldogs would plate two in the top of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pad their lead. Grant Richards (Morrisville, N.C.) doubled in Orth and Felder eventually singled home Richards in the sixth. A two-run single by Orth in the seventh and a two-run single through the right side in the top of the eighth by Jackson would cap the scoring for The Citadel.
Jaren Sustar singled and scored after Walt Quattlebaum picked up an infield single and an errant throw from Orth brought home Sustar. Tomasovich would bring in Quattlebaum with a base hit off Hitchingham in the bottom of the eighth.
"We pitched pretty well and defended extremely well considering how we played in that aspect over the weekend," said Bulldogs Head Coach Fred Jordan. "Our guys needed a game like that. We are figuring it out a little bit offensively right now and that is nice to see. Hopefully it will continue here over the last 20 games or so."
Ladd went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and an RBI, while Richards went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Both tied their season-high in hits, while Jackson set a new career high in RBI with four, going 2-for-4 with a walk to lead the Bulldogs. Quattlebaum and Tomasovich had two hits each to lead the Bucs.
The Citadel concludes their road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Conway to face No. 27 Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available and a recap and box score will follow the action on all new CitadelSports.com.