Wilmington 9, Citadel 3
Wilmington, N.C. - UNC Wilmington scored eight runs in the second and third innings and went on to defeat The Citadel, taking the series two games to one.
The Bulldogs (20-31) got three RBIs from Bo Thompson, all three driving in Mason Davis, but could not overcome the early lead established by the Seahawks (25-24). UNCW took the final two games of the series after The Citadel won 1-0 on Thursday.
The Citadel jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Davis walked, went to third on a hit-and-run single by Hughston Armstrong and scored on Thompson's sacrifice fly to center.
It was still a one-run game when the Seahawks scored five times in the second, highlighted by a three-run double by Luke Dunlap, who had seven hits in the series. The Bulldogs made it 5-2 in the top of the third when Davis singled, stole second and came across on a ringing double to left by Thompson.
The steal was the 25th of the season for the Bulldog junior second baseman. Drew DeKerlegand was hit by a pitch later in the inning, tying him with Daryl Byrd for the school career record with 51. The senior left fielder also increased his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 32.
UNCW wasted little time adding to its lead in its half of the inning with Ryan LaGrange homering to left to start the frame. A sacrifice fly and RBI single by Casey Golden made it an 8-2 Seahawk advantage.
The Bulldogs scored their final run in the fifth. Davis walked and Armstrong singled to put two on with nobody out. A wild pitch advanced the runners, and Thompson brought home Davis with a ground out. It could have been a bigger inning but Austin Mapes, who replaced Tyler Griffin early in the game, was robbed of a base hit on a liner to first.
The Bulldogs play their final non-conference game of the season at South Carolina on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they look to complete a season sweep of the Gamecocks. The Citadel plays its final regular-season home series against UNCG beginning on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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