May 6, 2012

Bulldogs Sweep Doubleheader from Davidson 15-2 and 2-0

DAVIDSON, N.C. – After using a seven-run fifth inning to rout Davidson 15-2 in game one, The Citadel won a 2-0 pitcher's dual in the nightcap to sweep the host Wildcats in a Southern Conference doubleheader Sunday at Wilson Field. The Bullodgs improve to 22-27 overall and 11-13 in the league, while Davidson falls to 17-28, 8-19 in the SoCon. The Citadel travels to face USC Upstate in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday night in Spartanburg at 6 p.m.

Mason Davis recorded a career-high four RBI on three hits and Joe Jackson added three hits and three RBI as The Citadel routed Davidson 15-2 in game one of a Southern Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field.

TJ Clarkson picked up the win for the Bulldogs, tossing the final six innings in relief of starter Kevin Connell. Clarkson struck out six Davidson batters, walking none and allowing one unearned run on three hits. Connell scattered six hits over three innings, allowing one run with four walks and one strikeout. Johnathan Stokes scored a career-high three runs as the Bulldogs' 15 runs also represented a season-high.

Ryan Overcash suffered the loss for Davidson, allowing nine runs on nine hits in four innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Andrew Barna and Kelly Meyers had two hits apiece for the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the first inning with a RBI single by Jackson for a 1-0 lead. Davis hit a one-out popup that landed safely in the middle of the infield after no Davidson player could come up with and after Davis stole second, Jackson drilled a 0-1 pitch into left center for his 22nd RBI of the season.

A four-run second frame by The Citadel staked Connell a 5-0 lead. Tyler Griffin led off with a double down the right-field line and two outs later, Stokes walked on four pitches to put a pair of runners on. Nick Orvin lined a 1-1 pitch up the middle for a RBI single, putting runners at the corners. With Davis at the plate, Stokes broke for second, drawing the throw from Overcash, but Orvin took off for home and beat the throw for a 3-0 Citadel lead. Davis and Justin Mackert each followed with RBI singles to center, plating another pair of runs for the early 5-0 advantage.

The Citadel added another run in the fourth for a 6-0 lead. Stokes and Davis both reached on fielding errors by Davidson second baseman James Cerbie and a wild pitch by Overcash moved Stokes to third. As Davis stole second, Overcash uncorked a second wild pitch, allowing Stokes to score easily from third for a six-run cushion.

Davidson threatned in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases on a walk and two singles. Connell walked Calvin Sigelbaum on four pitches for the first Davidson run of the game before TJ Clarkson replaced him on the mound. Clarkson stopped Davidson in its tracks, striking out Jake Berman and Barna and getting Forrest Brandt to fly out to right to get out of the frame.

The Bulldogs broke the game open in the fifth, scoring seven runs on five hits, two walks and a Davidson error. Jackson led off the inning with a double to left center and scored on a RBI single to right by Thompson. Griffin singled up the middle and Grant Richards was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bailey Rush hit a RBI groundout to second to bring home Jackson and Stokes walked on four pitches to reload the bases. One out later, Davis stroked a two-run single through the right side to plate Griffin and Richards for a 10-1 lead. Davis stole second and Mackert walked to once again load the bases and Jackson's singled to right to score Stokes and Davis, while a throwing error by Berman in right allowed Mackert to score from second for a 13-1 advantage.

The Citadel added another run in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk by Davis, his career-high fourth RBI of the game, and a final run in the eighth on a RBI groundout by Orvin.

Logan Cribb tossed six shutout innings, while James Reeves and Ryan Hines kept Davidson off the board in the final three frames as The Citadel completed the doubleheader sweep of the Wildcats with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap.

Cribb improved to 3-2 on the season, allowing two hits over the six frames and striking out three with one walk. Reeves gave up one hit over his 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, while Hines picked up his sixth save of the season, giving up one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Davis and Stokes each had two hits to lead the Bulldogs.

Beeker took the hard-luck loss for Davidson, allowing one run on five hits through eight innings with three walks and six strikeouts. Forrest Brandt had two hits for the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs broke the scoreless tie in the seventh with a single run on a RBI single by Davis. Richards led off the frame with a four-pitch walk and Hayden Hendry pinch ran for Richards at first. A sacrifice bunt by Rush moved Hendsry to second and a single by Stokes put runners at the corners. One out later, Davis lined a single to center on the first pitch from Beeker to plate Hendry for the only run The Citadel would need.

In the ninth, the Bulldogs added an insurance run when Drew DeKerlegand led off with a pinch-hit double to right center and scored on a throwing error by Davidson reliever Danny Mooney during Rush's sacrifice bunt attempt.

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