North Florida erupts late to down Citadel

North Florida rallied from a four-run deficit by scoring 11 times in the sixth and seventh innings to hand The Citadel a 16-9 loss on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs lost for the first time in four games this season in their first road contest of the year. The Citadel returns to action on Friday at 3 p.m. when it opens a three-game set against College of Charleston at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

The teams will then play at Riley Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. before heading to Patriots Point for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.

After falling behind 4-0 in the second, the first eight Bulldogs reached base in the third, with a three-run double by Connor Walsh evening the contest. Johnathan Stokes followed with an RBI double, Stephen Windham drove home a run with a single and two more runs scored on an error to give The Citadel an 8-4 lead.

Freshman J.P. Sears continued his hot start to the season by retiring all six Ospreys (2-2) he faced in the fourth and fifth. The left-hander has now worked five innings in two appearances and allowed only one base runner, that coming on an error.

The tide turned in the sixth, however, when a two-out error opened the door for a four-run inning that tied the game at 8. North Florida then took advantage of two more Bulldog miscues while knocking out six hits to tally seven times in the seventh to break the game open.

The Citadel committed a total of five errors, leading to 10 unearned runs.

Walsh finished with a career-high three hits, Stokes had two doubles and scored twice, and Windham and Austin Mapes also contributed two safeties to the 13-hit Bulldog attack. The Ospreys banged out 16 hits, including a three-run homer by Nick Karmeris that staked the hosts to their early four-run edge.