Tyler Griffin slammed a three-run homer in the first inning to stake The Citadel to a 4-0 lead, and the Bulldogs never looked back in a 6-3 victory over Nebraska in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Riley Park.
The Citadel has won the first three games of an eight-game homestand to even its record at 5-5 while Nebraska dropped to 4-4. The game was only the second in the all-time between the teams, with the Bulldogs taking both at Riley Park including an 8-5 victory in 2006 when the Huskers were ranked No. 3 in the nation.
The series with Nebraska continues a difficult opening slate for The Citadel as the Huskers are already the seventh team from a BCS power conference that the Bulldogs have played in the first three weeks. The Citadel improved to 3-4 in such games, including victories over Virginia Tech and Louisville during the opening weekend.
The first five Bulldogs reached in the opening frame against Nebraska starter Christian DeLeon. Mason Davis singled and stole second, his ninth of the season in as many attempts. Singles by Hughston Armstrong and Bo Thompson followed, with Thompson driving in Davis for his 10th RBI in 10 games.
Griffin, who entered the game struggling at just .179 with two RBIs, connected on the first offering he saw from DeLeon and sent a towering fly ball over the wall in right. The home run was Griffin's first of the season and 18th of his career.
The Citadel will look to clinch the series Saturday at 2 p.m. before the teams wrap up the three-game set Sunday at noon.
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