March 3, 2012

Bulldogs Halt Columbia 2-0 in Rain-Shortened Game

Charleston, S.C. – Freshman James Reeves tossed six innings of three-hit ball and improved to 3-0 on the season as The Citadel shutout Columbia University 2-0 in a seven-inning, rain-shortened game at Riley Park Saturday morning. The Bulldogs improve to 5-4 on the season and will play the Lions in a doubleheader Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m.

Reeves kept Columbia at bay throughout the game, striking out four and walking three in his third collegiate outing. Ryan Hines tossed the final out of the seventh inning to pick up his first save of the season.

The Bulldogs scored the only run they would need in the second inning, as Justin Mackert led off the frame with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Drew DeKerlegand. Tyler Griffin was hit by a pitch and when Mackert attempted to steal third, the throw from Columbia catcher Enmanuel Cabreja sailed into left field, allowing Mackert to score.

The Citadel added an insurance run in the sixth for the 2-0 final. Mackert laced a single through the right side and DeKerlegand was hit by a 1-1 pitch. Griffin was also plunked by Columbia started Stefan Olson to load the bases and Bo Thompson stroked a RBI single to right to plate Mackert.

Mackert and Mason Davis each had two of the Bulldogs' seven hits, while Nick Ferraresi had a pair of hits for Columbia. Olson allowed two runs on seven hits in 5-1/3 innings for Columbia.

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