March 14, 2012

Mackert, Thompson Lead Bulldogs over Winthrop 9-2

Charleston, S.C. – Justin Mackert and Bo Thompson each recorded career-highs with four hits as The Citadel rolled over Winthrop 9-2 in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Riley Park. The Bulldogs even their overall record at 9-9 and resume Southern Conference play this weekend in Boone, N.C. against Appalachian State.

Winthrop mustered the first offense in the game, scoring a single run in the second on a RBI single down the left-field line by Patrick Gamblin. From that point on, the game belongs to the Bulldogs' offense.

The Bulldogs knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Mackert led off the frame with a single to third and Thompson followed with a single to right center, putting runners at the corners. A sacrifice fly to right by Tyler Griffin plated Mackert for The Citadel's first run.

A four-run third inning by the Bulldogs opened a 5-1 lead and put The Citadel ahead for good. Mason Davis led off the inning with a single to right center and after a fielder's choice by Nick Orvin to second and a throwing error by the Winthrop second baseman, the Bulldogs had runners at first and second with one out. Mackert ripped a RBI double down the left-field line to score Davis and Thompson followed with a two-run single to center to clear the bases. After the second out was recorded, Drew DeKerlegand hit an infield single, moving Thompson to second, and Grant Richards lined a RBI single up the middle to plate Thompson for the 5-1 lead.

The Citadel added another run in the fifth on a RBI single by Thompson that plated Mackert, who singled to open the frame.

After Winthrop scored another run in the top of the sixth, to cut The Citadel's lead to 6-2, the Bulldogs added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to close the scorebook and seal the victory. Bailey Rush opened the sixth with a pinch-hit single and was sacrificed over to second on a bunt by Davis. Joe Jackson drilled a RBI triple to right center to score Rush easily from second and a sacrifice fly to left by Orvin plated Jackson. Mackert doubled to left to put on another base runner for the Bulldogs and Thompson promptly drove him in with a RBI single up the middle, his fourth RBI of the game, matching a career-high.

Mackert scored four times on the evening, in addition to his four hits, that increased his hitting streak to 11 games. The senior has also reached base safely in all 16 games this season. James Reeves picked up the win in relief of starter TJ Clarkson. Reeves tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts, while Clarkson allowed one run on three hits in two innings.

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