Bulldogs Drop 5-2 Decision to Charleston Southern
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern rallied from a 2-0 deficit with five unanswered runs to hand The Citadel a 5-2 defeat in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. The Bulldogs return to Southern Conference play this weekend with a doubleheader against Samford on Friday afternoon starting at 5 p.m. EST.
The Bulldogs (12-17) scored a pair in the top of the fourth to get things going offensively. Tyler Griffin led off the frame with a sharp single to first and Joe Jackson dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Griffin to second. Drew DeKerlegand laced a RBI double to the gap in left-center to plate Griffin for a 1-0 lead. The two-bagger was DeKerlegand's eighth of the season. One out later, Hughston Armstrong drilled a RBI single up the middle to bring in DeKerlegand for the 2-0 advantage.
Charleston Southern (10-20) knotted the game at 2-2 in the fifth, scoring both runs on a two-out, two-run double down the right-field line by Jaren Sustar. Thomas Levander hit a single to right with one away and Harrison Wilkins walked to put a pair of runners on for the Bucs. A groundout to third by Bobby Ison advanced the runners into scoring position and Sustar delivered the tying blow on a 0-1 pitch from Citadel starter Bryce Hines.
The Bucs took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on a solo home run by Chase Shelton and a RBI single by Brian Welch. Shelton tagged a 2-0 pitch from Bulldog reliever Brett Tompkins over the fence in right for the 3-2 lead. Brian Hunt singled to left and advanced to second on a fielding error by Justin Mackert before Welch jumped on the first pitch from Tompkins, lining a single to right for a two-run lead.
Alex Tomasovich's two-out RBI single up the middle in the seventh added an insurance run for the Bucs who defeated the Bulldogs for the first time since 2010 and just the second time in the last 11th meetings. The Citadel threatened in the ninth, loading the bases, but Mason Davis grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.
Zach Hagaman picked up the win for the Bucs, tossing three shutout innings of relief and allowing three hits and striking out two. Corey Deighan came in with two outs in the ninth to retire Orvin for his third save.
Hines struck out eight over five innings for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs on three hits with five walks in a no-decision. Tompkins (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits in one inning with two strikeouts. Orvin had three hits to lead the Bulldogs.
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