CHARLESTON, S.C. – Andrew Karmeris' three-run home run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as North Florida handed The Citadel a 6-3 defeat in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Riley Park. The Bulldogs fall to 19-26 on the season and will look to even the two-game series with the Ospreys Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Tommy Organ struck out nine Bulldogs over 5.2 innings for the win, improving to 4-2 on the year. The southpaw allowed one run on four hits and walked none. Chandler Jagodzinski tossed a perfect ninth for his third save of the season.
Brett Tompkins suffered the loss for The Citadel, giving up six runs on six hits in five innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Grant Richards and Mason Davis each had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.
North Florida (26-18) opened the scoring with three runs in the second frame for a 3-0 lead. Tyler Marincov led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and Karmeris was hit by a 0-1 pitch from Tompkins to put a pair of runners on with no outs. Alex Bacon dropped a bunt down the third-base line and the force attempt at third was late to load the bases. Spencer Herrmann drilled a sacrifice fly to deep center to plate the first Osprey run and a groundout to short moved the other runners to second and third. A wild pitch by Tompkins allowed Karmeris to score and moved Bacon to third, while Paul Karmeris lined a RBI single down the left-field line for the early 3-0 lead.
The Ospreys doubled their lead to 6-0 in the fifth on Andrew Karmeris' three-run home run that curled inside the left-field foul pole. T.J. Gavlik and Joe Wielbruda led off the fifth with back-to-back singles and two outs later, Karmeris sent a 2-2 offering from Tompkins over the fence for his fifth round-tripper of the season.
The Citadel broke up the shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth when Bailey Rush lined a one-out triple down the left-field line and scored on a RBI groundout to the pitcher by Johnathan Stokes. The Bulldogs added single runs in the seventh and eighth frame to cut the deficit to three runs, but could not close the margin. Joe Jackson walked to lead off the seventh and advanced to third on Richards' double to right center. Jackson came home on a passed ball by Paul Karmeris for a 6-2 score. In the eighth, Davis drilled a one-out triple to right center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Mackert for the final Citadel run of the evening.
Wednesday's 3 p.m. first pitch is the beginning of a Citadel-Charleston RiverDogs doubleheader, as the RiverDogs will host the Lakewood BlueCraws with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.
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