CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Jordan Smith tossed his second complete game of the season and second of his career against The Citadel, leading Western Carolina to an 8-2 victory and a sweep of an abbreviated two-game series at Hennon Stadium.
Earlier Sunday, Dykota Spiess doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, giving Western Carolina a 5-4 win in the completion of a game suspended on Saturday evening.
The Catamounts (26-12, 11-3 SoCon) scored three times in the second off Bulldog starter Austin Mason and never looked back in claiming their seventh straight series win over The Citadel in Cullowhee.
Smith limited the Bulldogs (15-25, 2-15) to five hits and struck out 10 in winning for the sixth time this season and 23rd in his career. He allowed single runs in the fourth on an RBI base hit by Drew DeKerlegand and the seventh when DeKerlegand doubled and scored on a double play grounder by Bailey Rush.
DeKerlegand increased his hitting streak to nine games, the longest by a Citadel player this season, but the remainder of the lineup managed only three singles off Smith. DeKerlegand has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games, going 29 for 78 (.372) over that stretch.
Bradley Strong doubled in two runs in the second and Western added a third tally on an error. The Catamounts put up a run in the third and used two walks and a pair of hits to score twice more in the fourth and end Mason's day.
The sophomore right-hander worked 31/3 innings and allowed seven hits and six runs (five earned) in taking the loss. The Catamounts concluded their offensive output with two runs against reliever Zach Sherrill in the fifth.
Ross White threw two scoreless innings, and Paul Joseph Krouse set down the Catamounts in order in the ninth, including a strikeout.
The Bulldogs return to Riley Park for a seven-game homestand beginning with a rematch against Winthrop on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Citadel won the earlier meeting 3-2 in Rock Hill on March 19.
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