Bulldogs Storm Back from Early Deficit but Rally Falls Short at CSU
Charleston, S.C. – Charleston Southern scored six times in the first and built an early 7-0 lead before holding off a Citadel rally in an 8-6 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday at CSU Ballpark.
The Bulldogs lost their third in a row to drop to 4-4 while the Buccaneers are now 5-3. The Citadel returns home this weekend when it hosts the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites.
The Citadel plays Pittsburgh and VCU on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at 4:00 and then faces UNC Asheville in a doubleheader on Sunday at 2:30. The second game is a makeup of a contest that was rained out on Tuesday.
Charleston Southern had six hits including a pair of home runs in the first against freshman Nate Brecklin, who was making his first career start. Bobby Ison led with a solo homer to right center and Robbie Streett cleared the fence in left center for a three-run shot as part of the big opening frame.
The Bucs added a run in the third before The Citadel began its comeback in the fourth. Jason Smith and Joe Jackson singled with one out for the first hits against CSU starter Tory Schroff, and Bo Thompson lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Smith to get the Bulldogs on the board.
Two innings later, The Citadel tallied four runs against relievers Ryan Garlow and Kyle Dyson. Smith and Jackson again singled and Thompson walked to load the bases with nobody out. A fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Tyler Griffin scored one run, and another came across on a pinch hit double by Drew DeKerlegand.
With two outs, Johnathan Stokes came through with a two-run single for his first two RBI of the season and bring The Citadel within 7-5. Three walks and a wild pitch made it 7-6 in the seventh, but the Bulldogs could not get a big hit with runners on second and third and one out.
Meanwhile, The Citadel bullpen held CSU scoreless through the middle innings, with Logan Cribb tossing 3 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief. The Bucs added an insurance run in the eighth, and Austin Weekley set the Bulldogs down in order in the ninth to finish off the win.
Schroff went the first five innings and allowed four hits while striking out seven to earn his second win without a loss this season. Weekley gave up one hit and fanned two to earn the save.
The Bulldogs and Bucs meet three more times this season with games at Riley Park on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24 with a contest at CSU Ballpark in between.