Citadel 3, Coastal Carolina 2
MYRTLE BEACH - Mason Davis singled with one out in the 10th and scored on a wild pitch, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving The Citadel a victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at Ticketreturn.com Field.
Including their 12-4 victory at Riley Park last week, the Bulldogs (13-17) completed a sweep of the home-and-home series against the Chanticleers for the first time since 1995. Coastal dropped to 12-17 on the year.
Davis had three singles to extend his hitting streak to six games. His base hit in the 10th was followed by a walk to Drew DeKerlegand, and both runners moved up when Tyler Poole's pickoff attempt at second sailed into center field.
Poole then uncorked a wild pitch on ball four to Bo Thompson, allowing Davis to score the game-winning run. The Bulldogs lost a chance on an insurance run when DeKerlegand was thrown out trying to score on a fly ball to right by Tyler Griffin.
The double play nearly cost The Citadel when Tyler Chadwick doubled off Skylar Hunter to lead off the bottom of the frame. But following a sacrifice bunt that moved Chadwick to third, Hunter struck out Connor Owings and got pinch hitter Richard Carter to pop out to finish off the win.
Hunter went three innings and allowed two hits while striking out three in evening his record at 2-2 on the year. The sophomore closer worked around a leadoff single in the eighth and a two-out hit batter in the ninth and lowered his ERA to 1.69 in 14 appearances covering 21.1 innings.
The Chanticleers took a 2-0 lead against starter Kevin Connell in the second on three singles, two of the infield variety, and a pair of groundouts. The Bulldogs were held in check by Cole Schaefer until the sixth when Davis singled, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Griffin.
Davis also stole a base following a single in the third and has 15 thefts on the year and 50 in his career. The three-hit game gives him 14 multiple hit contests this season and raised his batting average to a team-best .333.
Schaefer went the first five innings and allowed four hits, a marked improvement from his start against The Citadel last week when he was unable to get through the first inning.
The Bulldogs got right back at it in the seventh, putting a runner in scoring position with one out on a single by Calvin Orth and sacrifice by Bret Hines. Austin Mapes was called on to bat for Ryan Kilgallen and came through with his fourth pinch hit RBI single of his freshman year to tie the game at 2.
Coastal had an opportunity to retake the lead in its half of the seventh against Zach Sherrill. He hit a batter and issued a walk before escaping the jam when he got Michael Paez to pop out to first and Chadwick to line out to center.
Connell went the first five innings and gave up five hits and both Coastal runs. Ross White threw a scoreless sixth before Sherrill and Hunter finished up.
The Citadel returns to Southern Conference play this weekend with a series against Georgia Southern at Riley Park. The opener of the three-game set is Friday at 6 p.m. followed by games at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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