College of Charleston Hands Bulldogs 7-2 Defeat
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Joe Jackson recorded a pair of doubles and Mason Davis added two hits, but the College of Charleston used a three-run sixth inning to break the game open and take a 7-2 victory over The Citadel Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs fall to 17-23 on the season, 7-10 in the SoCon, and will face the Cougars in the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Jackson hit doubles in the second and sixth frames, boosting his team-high total to 12 on the season. Kevin Connell took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing six runs – five earned - on seven hits in five innings. The freshman southpaw struck out three and walked three, falling to 1-3 on the year.
Marty Gantt led the Cougars with a 3-for-3 performance, including two walks. Brandon Murray added three RBI on two hits and Bradley Goodson chipped in a pair of hits and two RBI. Christian Powell improved to 7-2 on the season, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Charleston (28-12) jumped to an early lead in the first inning and never looked back. A pair of solo home runs gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead as Marty Gantt led off the game with a shot to left, his seventh of the season. One out later, Brandon Murray knocked a 1-1 pitch from Connell over the wall in right for his team-high 10th round-tripper of the season.
The Citadel got a run back in the top of the second, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Jackson led off the frame with a double down the right-field line and moved to third on a ground out by Tyler Griffin. Drew DeKerlegand knocked a sacrifice fly to deep center, allowing Jackson tag from third and score the Bulldogs' first run.
The Cougars regained the two-run lead in the bottom of the frame, scoring on Goodson's RBI single to left that scored an unearned run as Gunnar Heidt came home after reaching on a error to lead off the inning. Charleston then scored three in the sixth to open a 6-1 lead. Three straight singles opened the sixth, the last a RBI base hit through the left side by Devon Reed for a 4-1 lead. Three batters later, Murray struck with the bases loaded, lining a two-out, two-run single up the middle for the five-run advantage.
Charleston added a single run in the eighth on a RBI single to center by Goodson that scored Gantt, who led off the frame with a double down the left-field line. The Citadel finished the scoring with a run in the ninth. Drew DeKerlegand led off with a single to center and Bo Thompson drew a pinch-hit walk to put a pair of runners on. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch by David Peterson and one out later, Hughston Armstrong walked to load the bases. Nick Orvin drove a sacrifice fly to foul territory in left, scoring DeKerlegand for the game's final run.
Sunday's first pitch of game three is set for 1:00 p.m. and can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 AM with Danny Reed handling the play-by-play. Stay tuned to CitadelSports.com for any updates due to the potential weather conditions in the Charleston area.
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