Citadel 12, Coastal Carolina 4
A six-run first inning and The Citadel's first triple play in more than a decade highlighted a victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday afternoon at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (11-14) jumped all over Chanticleer starter Cole Schaefer for six hits in the opening frame including a two-run single by Tyler Griffin that got the scoring started. Coastal had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a bases-loaded single by Tyler Chadwick off Nate Brecklin.
Connor Walsh, making his third straight start as the designated hitter, followed Griffin with an RBI single, Johnathan Stokes plated two more with a double and Ryan Kilgallen capped the inning with another run-scoring single. The six-run inning tied the biggest of the year for The Citadel.
Brecklin settled down after the rough start, allowing only one base runner over the next two innings. He took an 8-2 lead into the fourth courtesy of RBI singles by Drew DeKerlegand and Bo Thompson before running into trouble.
The Chanticleers (10-14) scored twice on three hits before Ross White was summoned from the bullpen. Kilgallen finished the inning when he threw out Reid Moman trying to steal, and White cruised through the next two innings, facing the minimum six batters in the fifth and sixth.
White allowed only one walk in his 2.1 innings on the mound and was credited with the win. Walsh, Paul Joseph Krouse and Zach Lavery followed White with one shutout inning each.
An RBI double by Mason Davis and a two-run single by Hughston Armstrong upped The Citadel's lead to 11-4 before Coastal threatened in the seventh. Pinch hitter G.K. Young and Moman singled to start the inning and bring up leadoff hitter Michael Paez.
Paez hit a grounder right at third baseman Calvin Orth, who stepped on the bag for the first out and fired to Davis for a force on Moman at second. Davis' throw then easily beat Paez at first as The Citadel turned its first triple play since accomplishing the feat against Charleston Southern on March 19, 2003.
The Bulldogs racked up 15 hits, their second-highest output of the season, and every member of the starting lineup made his way into the hit column including two each by Davis, Armstrong, Thompson, Walsh and DeKerlegand.
The win was just the second for The Citadel in its last 13 games against Coastal. The teams will meet again next Tuesday at Ticketreturn.com Field at Pelicans Park in Myrtle Beach.
The Citadel wraps up its five-game homestand Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Charleston Southern before hitting the road for a Southern Conference series at Elon beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
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