The Citadel and South Carolina Get Together Tuesday in Columbia in Second Meeting of Season
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel looks to even the season series against South Carolina when the teams meet Tuesday night in Columbia. First pitch at Carolina Stadium is at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (17-16) are looking to reverse a skid which has seen them lose nine of their last 12 games after reaching a season-high seven games over .500 on March 17. The Gamecocks, ranked 11th in the nation by Baseball America and 12th by Collegiate Baseball, are 26-7 on the season.
Freshman right hander Austin Livingston will start for The Citadel. He will be making his eighth appearance of the year and fifth start and has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 6.48. In his last start against Coastal Carolina on April 2, Livingston went four innings and allowed only two hits and one run with two strikeouts while taking a no-decision in a 3-2 loss to the Chanticleers.
On the mound for South Carolina will be sophomore right hander Joel Seddon, who brings a 1-0 record and ERA of 5.11 with 16 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings into Tuesday's game.
In this season's earlier meeting, the Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 9-5 on March 19 at Riley Park. Grayson Greiner and Joey Pankake led the South Carolina offensive attack with a home run and three RBI each and LB Dantzler also went deep. Jack Wynkoop worked the first 5 1/3 innings and struck out five, and Tyler Webb pitched two perfect innings for the save.
The Citadel took a 1-0 lead in the first on a triple by Mason Davis and sacrifice fly off the bat of Joe Jackson but trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Bulldogs got back in the game on a two-run double by Drew DeKerlegand, and when The Citadel left fielder scored on a throwing error it was just a one-run South Carolina lead.
But the Gamecocks responded with a run in the eighth and Pankake iced it with a two-run shot in the ninth. Logan Cribb took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing three runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The victory improved South Carolina's lead in the series to 39-11, including a record of 21-5 in Columbia, since Fred Jordan became head coach at The Citadel in 1992. The last Bulldog win was a 2-0 victory at Riley Park in 2011 when Cribb allowed eight hits in eight shutout innings and the most recent victory in Columbia was a 5-3, 11-inning victory in 2009.
Following the trip to Columbia, the Bulldogs return to Southern Conference play with a three-game series at Georgia Southern beginning Friday night.