Diamond ‘Dogs Crush Blue Hose with 13 Unanswered Runs
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel Baseball team scored 13 unanswered runs on Saturday evening as every starter picked up at least one hit in a 13-2 victory over visiting Presbyterian at Riley Park.
After breaking for a week for final exams, The Citadel (17-24) showed little rust as they fell behind in the top of the first, but scored nine runs in the first three innings to take control over Presbyterian (18-24), who lost for the 13th consecutive game.
Senior left-hander Matt Talley (Sumter, S.C.) allowed a leadoff double to Andrew Williams but recovered after a sac bunt pushed Williams to third with a strikeout and what should have been a pop up in foul territory that dropped after defensive indifference by the Bulldog infield. Tony Micklon would reach on an infield single on the next pitch to score Williams for an early 1-0 lead by PC.
Nick Orvin (Moncks Corner, S.C.) and the Bulldogs wasted little time responding. The centerfielder belted his team-leading seventh home run to left center in the bottom of the first off Blue Hose starter Jordan Pace to knot the game at 1-1.
Talley (3-5) would settle down and scatter six hits over 6.0 innings, allowing just the one earned run with a walk and four strikeouts in the win. Meanwhile, Calvin Orth (Jacksonville, Fla.) ripped an RBI single to left field in the second with the bases loaded to score Joe Jackson (Mauldin, S.C.) who leadoff the inning with a walk. A sac fly to right by Orvin would later score Justin Mackert (Cleveland, Ohio), who singled to get on, and give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
The wheels would come completely off for Pace (2-6) and the Blue Hose in the third inning as the Bulldogs batted around. Five consecutive singles, including RBI base hits from Josh Pless (Boiling Springs, S.C.), Orth and Grant Richards (Morrisville, N.C.) would chase Pace from the contest after he went 2.1 innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs and three walks.
New Presbyterian pitcher Chad White would walk Orvin to load the bases with one out. After a sac fly off the bat of Drew DeKerlegand (Pearland, Texas) scored Orth, Matt Simonelli (Orlando, Fla.) cleared the bases with a two-run double to increase the lead to 9-1 after three innings of action.
Talley was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the sixth when he got Nate Horton to pop up to third base and induced a groundball inning-ending double play by Kyle Galloway. Jeremy Long (Clover, S.C.) closed out the final 3.0 innings for the Bulldogs, allowing just one hit, one run, and a walk while pitching a pair of perfect innings.
The Citadel would strike for three more in the seventh off White when Richards and Orvin singled and came around to score on a two-run triple from DeKerlegand into the right field corner. An RBI groundout by Simonelli would bring in DeKerlegand to make it 12-1. A double by Richards, his third hit of the game, in the eighth would score pinch hitter Legare Jones (Columbia, S.C.) for the 13th run of the game for the Bulldogs off PC reliever Stewart Curry.
"I thought we pitched well and defended extremely well, which was the most pleasing things to see," said head coach Fred Jordan. "We were able to get timely hits to extend the lead and didn't over swing against a starter that had thrown well this year coming in. Talley pitched well, it was a good win for us coming off a week break."
The Blue Hose did manage a run in the top of the ninth when Alex Lofton singled home Aaron Killingsworth. Micklon lead the Presbyterian offense, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. For the Bulldogs, Orvin went 3-for-4 with three runs, a pair of RBI, a walk and a home run. Richards matched his career-high in hits, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and two RBI. DeKerlegand tied his career-high with three RBI, while Simonelli set a season-high in RBI with three
The Citadel and Presbyterian conclude their series with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at noon at Riley Park. Live stats, video and audio will be available along with recap and box score following the action on all new CitadelSports.com.