Bulldogs pound Cougars in opener

The Citadel

College of Charleston entered Thursday night's game as the top hitting team in the Southern Conference, and No. 2 in the nation.

But it was The Citadel that put on the offensive display, pounding out 18 hits en route to a 14-3 victory over the rival Cougars before 1,755 at Riley Park.

Richard Jones homered and drove in four runs, while Nick Orvin also drove in four and Sonny Meade three to support the pitching of senior Wes Wrenn, who allowed nine hits, walking two and striking out four, in his third complete game of the season.

The Citadel (32-20, 18-10) moved ahead of the Cougars (35-18, 17-11) into third place alone in the Southern Conference, and dealt a blow to Charleston's hopes for an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament.

Wrenn improved to 9-2. Cougars starter Jesse Simpson, like Wrenn a candidate for pitcher of the year in the SoCon, dropped to 9-3 after allowing 12 hits, striking out five and walking one, in 51/3 innings.

The teams meet again at 6 p.m. Friday.

For more, check out Friday's edition of The Post and Courier.