Griffin, Pritcher Lead Bulldogs to 7-0 Shutout of Furman
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Tyler Griffin hit a fourth-inning grand slam and Austin Pritcher struck out seven over seven shutout innings as The Citadel clinched a Southern Conference tournament berth by blanking Furman 7-0 Friday evening in SoCon action at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 23-27 overall and 12-13 in the SoCon, while Furman falls to 22-27, 9-16 in the league.
Griffin went 2-for-4 on the evening, with a triple and his second career grand slam, while Pritcher improved to 6-4 on the season, scattering five hits and walking two, lowering his ERA to 3.24. Zach Sherrill tossed two shutout innings of relief, giving up one hits and striking out one. Bo Thompson and Bailey Rush also had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Bobby Lyne took the loss for Furman, allowing six runs on six hits in four innings with three strikeouts and one walk. Will Owens had two hits for the Paladins.
The Bulldogs plated two runs in the third to get things going offensively on the evening. Griffin led off the frame with a triple down the right-field line. Rush followed up with a RBI single up the middle on a 0-1 pitch from Lyne. A sacrifice bunt by Johnathan Stokes moved Rush to second and Nick Orvin lined a RBI single to left to plate Rush for the 2-0 Citadel lead.
Griffin's grand slam down the right-field line highlighted a four-run fourth that put the Bulldogs up 6-0. The first three batters reached base in the frame as Joe Jackson drew a four-pitch walk, Thompson singled to left and Drew DeKerlegand was hit by a pitch for his team-best 13th time of the season to load the bases with no outs. Griffin battled from an 0-2 count to even the count at 2-2, fouling off several balls before crushing an offering from Lyne over the wall in right for his fourth round-tripper of the season and second career grand slam.
The Citadel added an insurance run in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. With Jacques de Gruy on in relief for Furman, Justin Mackert walked, stole second and third and scored on a RBI single by Thompson to seal the final score for the Bulldogs.
Saturday's first pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. and can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 AM with Danny Reed handling the play-by-play.
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