The Citadel Strikes Early and Eases its Way Past Akron
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel struck for three runs in each of the first two innings and coasted to a 7-1 victory over Akron in the opener of a two-game set Tuesday at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs have won six of their last seven to improve to 11-6 on the season while the Zips fell to 1-12. The teams will wrap up the non-conference series Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Brett Tompkins went the first four innings and allowed five hits and the lone Akron run. He struck out one and did not walk a batter in picking up his first collegiate win in 20 appearances including five starts.
The Bulldogs quickly took control of the game with a three-run first that began with a Mason Davis single and two bunts on which the Zips failed to get a runner out. Drew DeKerlegand drove in the first two runs with a single, and Johnathan Stokes followed with an RBI base hit to give The Citadel a 3-0 lead after one.
Bret Hines, starting at third base for the second time this season, got his first collegiate hit to reload the bases before Akron starter Pat Dyer was able to limit the damage.
The Citadel got right back at it at the plate in the second when Davis doubled into the left field corner. After Dyer retired the next two batters, Tyler Griffin was hit by a pitch and DeKerlegand followed with a run-scoring double to make it 4-0.
Stokes singled to left to score Griffin and DeKerlegand also came across when the ball was misplayed by Daulton Mosbarger to increase The Citadel lead to 6-0 after two.
Davis, Stokes and Hughston Armstrong each had three hits to lead a 14-hit Bulldog attack, with Stokes establishing a new career high in that department. The red-hot Armstrong extended his hitting streak to a career-long six games and is batting .667 (14-for-21) over that stretch.
Davis was thrown out trying to steal in the seventh, the first time he has been caught in 12 attempts this season.