May 2, 2012

Bulldogs Topple North Florida 5-1

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Bo Thompson collected a pair of base hits and drove in three runs as The Citadel defeated North Florida 5-1 in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 20-26 on the season and travel to face Davidson this weekend in Southern Conference play.

Thompson posted RBI base hits in both the third and fifth innings to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Calvin Orth matched a career-high with three hits as The Citadel out-hit the Ospreys 12-6. Logan Cribb picked up the win to even his record at 2-2 on the season, tossing two frames of no-hit ball.

Ryan Roberson had a pair of hits for North Florida, while Osprey starter Spencer Herrmann took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.

After a scoreless pair of innings to open the game, the Bulldogs plated three in the third for a 3-0 lead. Back-to-back one-out singles by Nick Orvin and Mason Davis gave The Citadel a pair of runners with Justin Mackert at the plate. On a double steal attempt, Davis was caught stealing at second, but Mackert drew a walk a few pitches later to put runners at the corners with two away. Joe Jackson walked on four pitches to load the bases and Bo Thompson came through with a two-run single to left for a 2-0 lead. Calvin Orth followed with a RBI single through the right side for a three-run cushion.

The Bulldogs added a pair of runs in the fifth for a 5-0 lead. Mackert singled up the middle to lead off the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jackson. Mackert stole third, his 18th swipe of the season, and scored on a RBI single to left by Thompson. With Thompson running on the first pitch, Orth perfectly executed the hit-and-run with a single to right to put runners on the corners. One out later, Stokes ripped a RBI single up the middle to bring home Thompson for a 5-0 lead.

North Florida broke up the shutout bid in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs, but only manufacturing a single run. Andrew Karmeris grounded into a double play that brought in Joe Wielbruda, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to 5-1.

Friday's first pitch against Davidson is set for 6 p.m., while Sunday's doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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