BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Samford used a potent offensive attack to sweep a Southern Conference doubleheader from The Citadel Friday evening at Joe Lee Griffin Field. Samford won the first game, 10-5, and took game two by a score of 11-3, improving to 20-11 overall and 9-5 in SoCon action. The Citadel drops to 12-19 overall and 3-8 in league play.
The Citadel was led in the first game by Bo Thompson and Justin Mackert, both going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nick Orvin and Mason Davis each went 2-for-5 for The Citadel. Calvin Orth hit a solo home run in his only at-bat of the game. Austin Pritcher (3-2) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits to take the loss on the mound.
After The Citadel took an early 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Mackert that plated Nick Orvin in the top of the first inning, Samford took control of the game with three runs in the third inning, two runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.
Saxon Butler drove in two runs and Brandon Miller drove in one run in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Tommy Corbin scored on a double steal and Brad Moss singled to drive in the second run of the inning. In the fifth inning, C.K. Irby doubled to drive in the run for a five-run Samford lead.
The Citadel cut the Samford lead to 6-4 with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Samford, however, plated two runs in the seventh inning to push its lead to 8-4. After The Citadel added a run in the top of the eighth inning, Samford plated two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 10-5.
In game one, Samford was led by Butler, going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and four RBI. Corbin went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Zeth Stone went 2-for-5. Irby had a double and two RBI in a 1-for-5 performance.
Kyle Putkonen (2-4) pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits to earn the win. Putkonen struck out seven batters and allowed no walks. Irby came on to get the final two outs and earn his fifth save of the season.
In the second game, Samford was led by Irby, going 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI. Stone went 3-for-5 at the plate in game two. Miller went 2-for-5 with his 11th home run of the season and an RBI. Moss and Christiaan Durdaller each had two hits in the win.
Charles Basford (5-0) pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, only two earned, on six hits to earn the win in the second game. Basford struck out seven batters, while allowing five walks.
For The Citadel in game two, Thompson went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI. James Reeves (4-3) pitched three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits to take the loss.
Samford scored two runs in the first inning, one run each in the second and third innings and five runs in the fourth inning to jump out to a 9-2 lead. Samford plated two more runs in the sixth inning to make the score 11-2. The Citadel added one final run in the ninth inning to make the final score 11-3.
The teams will wrap up their three-game Southern Conference series with a single game on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST. The game can be heard via the internet at www.samford.edu/wvsu and can also be viewed online on the Bulldog Big Screen at www.samfordsports.com. Fans can also follow the game online via GameTracker at www.samfordsports.com.
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