March 31, 2012

Wofford Hands Bulldogs 8-2 Defeat

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eric Brenk had three hits, while Jesse Morris and Eric Eck combined to hold The Citadel to two runs as Wofford handed the Bulldogs an 8-2 defeat in Southern Conference action Saturday afternoon at Riley Park. The two clubs will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch.

The Bulldogs (10-16, 2-6 SoCon) opened the scorebook with a single run in the third for a 1-0 lead. Grant Richards led off the frame with a stand-up double down the left-field line and one out later, Nick Orvin laced a 1-2 pitch from Morris into left, plated Richards for his 10th RBI of the season.

Wofford (11-15, 1-7) knotted the score at a run apiece in the fifth, manufacturing a run against Citadel starter James Reeves. Brenk opened the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by David Roney. Brenk then stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Stephen Cantrell.

With one out in the seventh, Eric Brenk singled up the middle and following a fly out by David Roney, Stephen Cantrell walked on four pitches from Citadel reliever TJ Clarkson. Matt Moore knocked a RBI single over Mason Davis' outstretched glove into right center for a 2-1 lead. The Terriers extended their lead to 3-1 on a double steal with Cantrell beating the throw home after Grant Richards went to second to get Moore.

Konstantine Diamaduros knocked a 0-1 pitch from Clarkson over the fence in right for a solo home run, his fourth of the season to give Wofford an insurance run in the eighth. The Terriers tacked on four more runs in the ninth, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single up the middle by Doyle for the 8-1 final.

The Bulldogs added a run in the ninth when Drew DeKerlegland scored on a wild pitch by Eck, but couldn't muster the offense to overcome the 8-2 final score.

Morris allowed one run on six hits in 6-2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. Eck tossed 1-2/3 innings of no-hit relief for his sixth save of the season, walking one.

Clarkson took the loss for the Bulldogs, falling to 1-2 on the season. The senior allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2-2/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Reeves scattered three hits over 5-2/3 innings of work with two strikeouts, walking none. Richards tied a career-high with three hits to lead the Bulldogs.

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