March 20, 2012

Four-Run Seventh Propels Bulldogs to 4-0 Shutout of Charleston Southern

Charleston, S.C. – Four Bulldog pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and Mason Davis had a two-run triple in a four-run seventh inning as The Citadel blanked visiting Charleston Southern 4-0 Tuesday evening  at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 9-11 overall and travel to face Big 10 foe Minnesota for a three-game series this weekend.

After the two teams kept each other scoreless through six frames, the Bulldogs exploded for four runs in the seventh to earn the victory. Bo Thompson led off the inning with a single through the right side and Hayden Hendry pinch ran for the Bulldogs' designated hitter. Drew DeKerlegand dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Hendry to second and a walk by Calvin Orth put a pair of runners on and sent Buccaneer starter Kevin Buran to the bench. Ryne Hardwick grounded out to third, advancing the runners to second and third for Hughston Armstrong.

Armstrong connected on a 3-1 pitch from Zach Hagaman for a RBI single into right field to score Hendry for the 1-0 lead and moved to second on the throw to the plate. Davis drove a 0-1 pitch from Hagaman that painted the right-field line, racing around the bases for a two-run triple and putting the home side up 3-0. Davis would later score on a wild pitch by Hagaman for the 4-0 Bulldog lead.

TJ Clarkson picked up the win in relief for the Bulldogs, tossing two innings of no-hit ball with two walks and one strikeout. Brett Tompkins started the game for The Citadel, going the first four innings and allowing just one walk. Davis and Justin Mackert each had a pair of hits.

Buran suffered the loss for Charleston Southern, allowing two runs on five hits in 6-1/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Hagaman gave up a pair of runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning of work.

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