Bulldogs Take Series Opener with 4-1 Win over Georgia Southern
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Austin Pritcher allowed one unearned run and struck out four over seven innings as The Citadel used three Georgia Southern errors to score four unearned runs and defeated the Eagles 4-1 in Southern Conference action Friday evening at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 18-24 overall and 8-11 in the SoCon.
Pritcher scattered six hits over the seven frames and walked one to improve to 5-3 on the season. Ryan Hines induced the final two fly outs of the game to earn his fourth save. Justin Mackert led the Bulldogs with two base hits, his 13th multi-hit effort of the year.
Chris Beck was the hard-luck loser for Georgia Southern (23-20, 10-9), falling to 4-5 on the season. Beck allowed four runs – all unearned – on four hits with seven strikeouts against three walks in his fourth complete-game of the season. Ben Morgan had two hits for the Eagles.
The Bulldogs opened with a single run in the bottom of the second, but Georgia Southern quickly knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. Joe Jackson reached on a fielding error by Eric Phillips at short and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Bo Thompson. Jackson then scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Drew DeKerlegand for the opening run of the game. The Eagles tied things up on a RBI single by Tyler Avera.
The Citadel took advantage of another Georgia Southern error in the bottom of the third, scoring three unearned runs off Beck for a 4-1 lead. Hughston Armstrong walked to lead off the frame and a fielder's choice by Nick Orvin gave the Bulldogs a runner at first with one out. Orvin stole second and moved to third on an infield single by Mason Davis. Davis stole second and Justin Mackert drew a full-count walk to load the bases with one out for Jackson. Jackson chopped a lazy grounder to third, but Avera's throw for the force out at home was off line and went past Eagles catcher Chase Griffin, allowing a pair of unearned runs to cross the plate. A sacrifice fly to left by Thompson plated Mackert who had moved to third on the error for the fourth Citadel run.
Saturday's first pitch of game two is set for 5:00 p.m. and can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 AM with Danny Reed handling the play-by-play.
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