'Good vibes'

The Citadel's 2nd Baseman Mason Davis throws to first as Elon's Andy Moore tries to take him out. Moore was out, but the throw to first for a double play was late. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 5/20/14

The Citadel baseball team opened its disappointing Southern Conference season with three losses at Davidson but can make major amends Wednesday. The No. 10 seed Bulldogs put themselves in position Tuesday, coming from five runs down during a 10-7 victory over No. 7 Elon in a SoCon tournament elimination game at Riley Park.

The Citadel, now more safely in the double-elimination bracket, plays No. 2 seed Davidson on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

"It's pretty awesome. We're a totally different team here at home," senior first baseman Calvin Orth said. "I feel like we have a good chance against most of these teams here, especially Davidson. It should be fun."

Sophomore right-hander Skylar Hunter earned a three-inning save to tie the school single-season record - 15 - set by Link Saunders in 2006.

"There were definitely good vibes in the dugout," Hunter said. "We've been turning it around the last part of the season. We're battling."

The Bulldogs (24-32) grabbed an 8-7 lead in the fifth with RBI singles by Bret Hines and Orth. Jonathan Stokes drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Orth added an RBI single in the eighth to provide for a 10-7 cushion.

"We've been down a lot this season," Orth said, "but the difference between us now and earlier in the season is that we fight back and play the entire game."

Zach Sherrill (4-1) worked 32/3 innings of relief, allowing only one run.

Elon (27-26) chased Citadel starter Logan Cribb with a six-run third inning that included two walks, a hit batter and two errors by Stokes at shortstop.

Reliever Matt Harris (3-3) took the loss.

Casey Jones, the SoCon Player of the Year, scored two runs for Elon and finished the season with a .418 batting average.

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