Free Passes Doom The Citadel in Loss to College of Charleston
Mount Pleasant, S.C. – College of Charleston took advantage of 10 walks to produce three big innings and that proved to be enough in an 11-7 win over The Citadel in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Patriots Point.
The teams will meet again in a three-game Southern Conference series at Riley Park May 10-12. The loss drops The Citadel's lead in the series against College of Charleston to 38-37 since the Cougars resumed their program in 1991.
The Citadel led twice in the game, including taking a 6-4 advantage with five runs in the top of the fourth. Brett Bullard bounced a single into right field to plate the first run of the inning, and Johnathan Stokes drove in two more with a line drive base hit to left.
An infield hit by Hughston Armstrong and a groundout by Mason Davis scored a run each to cap the inning. But the lead would prove to be short lived when the Cougars put up three in the bottom of the frame helped by four walks including one with the bases loaded.
Three more free passes led directly to a three-run College of Charleston sixth and an 11-6 Bulldog deficit. The Citadel could muster only one run over the final five innings when Bo Thompson slammed his team- and SoCon-leading eighth home run of the season in the eighth.
The Citadel took a 1-0 lead just three batters into the game. Davis led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Drew DeKerlegand and scored on a double play grounder by Thompson. It was the second straight game that Davis began with an extra base hit after tripling and scoring in the first in Tuesday's loss to South Carolina.
Starter Austin Livingston allowed only one hit through two scoreless innings before his control deserted him in the third. The freshman right hander allowed a double to Blake Butler to start the inning and then walked three batters and uncorked three wild pitches before being lifted.
Seven other pitchers saw action for the Bulldogs, including Zach Sherrill who appeared in his NCAA-leading 18th game of the season. Sherrill was the most effective Citadel pitcher, allowing only one hit and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
The eight total pitchers ties the school mark for most used in a game by The Citadel since complete records are available beginning in 1970, and the octet combined to walk 12 and strike out only three in the contest.
The Bulldogs continue their week of games against traditional rivals this weekend when they play a three-game set against Charleston Southern. The teams meet at Riley Park Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. with a game at CSU in between on Saturday at 2 p.m.