Citadel topples Winthrop

Bo Thompson singled in Hughston Armstrong to snap a 3-3 tie and trigger a four-run fifth inning, giving The Citadel a win over Winthrop on Tuesday night at Riley Park.

Armstrong led off the fifth with a single and moved to third on a failed pickoff throw to first by Matt Crohan. With the infield playing in, Thompson roped a shot past shortstop Kyle Edwards into left field to bring home Armstrong with the tie-breaking run.

Calvin Orth added a two-run single and Ryan Kilgallen drove in the final run of the frame with a bad hop single past third. The Citadel bullpen took it from there, allowing only three hits over the final 5.2 innings.

The Bulldogs (16-25) used nine pitchers with Austin Livingston working the first two and striking out four. The sophomore right-hander has fanned 12 batters in his last seven innings, including a career-high eight in a win over South Carolina last Wednesday.

In all, The Citadel staff struck out 16 batters to tie a season high, and eight of their nine hurlers recorded at least one. Zach Lavery struck out two in a perfect sixth and was credited with his first collegiate win. Zach McKay, Zach Sherrill, Paul Joseph Krouse and Skylar Hunter each had two punchouts.

Hunter earned the save, his eighth of the season, as the Bulldogs won for the seventh time in a row over the Eagles (18-26). Hunter has 21 saves in his career, one shy of tying Tom Martin for fifth in school history.

The Citadel jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third on four hits and RBI singles by Tyler Grifin and Johnathan Stokes. Winthrop tied it in the fourth with a three-run inning of its own, with Stephen Williams knotting it up with a two-run homer off Brett Tompkins.

The Bulldogs finished with 10 hits, including two each by Armstrong, Thompson and Griffin. Drew DeKerlegand saw his nine-game hitting streak snapped but did draw a walk to reach base for the 22nd consecutive game.

The Citadel returns to Southern Conference play with a three-game series against Furman beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Riley Park.