April 1, 2012

Davis' RBI Walk-Off Single in 10th Gives Bulldogs 8-7 Victory over Wofford

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mason Davis' RBI single to right center in the bottom of the 10th inning capped a wild comeback by the Bulldogs as The Citadel took its first Southern Conference series of the season with an 8-7 victory over Wofford Sunday afternoon at Riley Park. The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday evening at Riley Park as they host Coastal Carolina in non-conference action at 6 p.m.

Trailing 5-0 after four innings and 7-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Bulldogs (11-16, 3-6 SoCon) engineered the comeback by scoring all eight runs over the final five frames, including three in their last at-bat to send the game into extra innings.

With two down and the game knotted at 7-7 in the 10th, Bailey Rush singled to left and Nick Orvin followed up with a single up the middle to give the Bulldogs runners at first and second. Davis laced a 3-1 pitch from Wofford reliever Alex Wilson into the gap in right center to score Rush from second and set the Bulldogs' dugout into celebration mode.

The Citadel almost didn't get the opportunity to enjoy the extra-inning heroics of Davis, as Wofford had a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth with closer Eric Eck on the mound, who shut down the Bulldogs the day before. This time however, The Citadel tallied three runs off Eck to knot the game. With one out and Hayden Hendry at second, Orvin ripped a RBI double down the left-field line to bring the Bulldogs within two. One out later, Justin Mackert reached on a infield single and stole second to put runners at second and third for Calvin Orth. Orth, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, drilled a two-out, two-run single throught the right side to plate Orvin and Mackert and send the game into the extra frame.

Wofford (11-17, 1-8) jumped all over the Bulldogs early, scoring in the first inning on a solo home run by Mac Doyle and adding two more in the second on a two-run single by James Foster. A pair of runs in the fourth put the Terriers up 5-0 and Wofford starter Cash Collins had the game seemingly in hand, no-hitting the Bulldogs through five innings.

The Citadel chipped away at the deficit with a run in the sixth on a RBI single by Mackert and pair of runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Orvin, cutting the Wofford lead to 5-3. The Terriers regained a four-run margin in the eighth, scoring on back-to-back RBI singles by Matthew Kaskow and Foster. The Bulldogs scored a single run in the bottom of the frame and RBI groundout by Grant Richards to set up the ninth-inning rally and Davis' 10th-inning game-winner.

Ryan Hines picked up the win for the Bulldogs, improving to 2-1 on the season. The junior allowed one hit over the final 2-1/3 scoreless innings and walked one. Starter Logan Cribb allowed five runs on five hits in 3-1/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Orvin finished with three hits and three RBI. The senior also scored a run to move past current associate head coach David Beckley into 5th place on the career runs chart with 199. Davis and Mackert each added two hits to the offensive attack.

Wilson suffered the loss for Wofford, allowing one run on three hits in one inning. Collins went 6-2/3 innings, scattering three hits and allowing three runs, one earned, with two strikeouts. The Bulldogs tagged Eck for three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Matt Moore and Eric Brenk recorded three hits apiece for the Terriers, while Foster had two hits and three RBI.

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