Nick Orvin had five hits and five RBIs to lead The Citadel over crosstown rival College of Charleston in a 17-14 Southern Conference baseball slugfest on Saturday at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (12-19, 7-10) rallied from a 12-5 deficit with 10 runs over the final two innings to stun the Cougars (20-11, 6-5). The third game of the series is today at 1 p.m.
It was Orvin's two-out, bases-clearing double to left-center in the bottom of the eighth that completed the comeback. His five hits were a career high.
The game included a two-run homer by a College of Charleston catcher off his brother, a Citadel relief pitcher. Robert Pritcher caught up to an Austin Pritcher offering in the fourth inning to establish a 6-4 lead.
After The Citadel cut the Cougars' lead to 6-5 with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Charleston exploded for six runs in the sixth and a 12-5 advantage.
The Citadel chipped into the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI base hits by Brad Felder and Orvin to make the score 12-7 after six. From that point on, the Cougars' bullpen faltered, allowing 10 runs over the seventh and eighth innings. A two-run single by Felder keyed the five-run seventh, and after the Cougars scored a pair in the top of the eighth, a two-out bases-clearing double to left-center in the bottom of the frame by Orvin provided the winning three-run margin.
Cole Rakar and Rob Harding each posted 4-for-5 outings and Leeds scored three times for College of Charleston, which left 15 runners on base.
Jeremy Long picked up the win for The Citadel, scattering three hits over two innings and allowing one run.