ROCK HILL — Mason Davis posted career-highs with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run home run, to lead The Citadel to a 10-3 victory over Winthrop in baseball Tuesday.
The Bulldogs face rival College of Charleston in a three-game series at The Ballpark at Patriots Point starting Friday.
Davis went 3 for 6 with a double and a home run, scoring three times and stealing a base. Nick Orvin tied a season-high with four hits and Justin Mackert and Joe Jackson chipped in two hits each.
Connor Walsh allowed two hits in two innings, walking one and striking out one for his first collegiate win.
The Bulldogs (17-21) took a 2-0 lead in the second. Orvin reached on a two-out single to left center and stole second. Davis drilled a 2-0 pitch from Winthrop starter Preston Johnson for his second homer of the season.
Winthrop (12-26) cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth, but a five-run seventh gave the Bulldogs all the insurance runs they would need.
Drew DeKerlegand was hit by his team-high 12th pitch and Grant Richards recorded his seventh RBI of the season with a single to left that score Griffin on a hit-and-run for a 7-1 lead.
The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the eighth to seal the win. Orvin reached on a fielding error at short and Davis collected his third hit of the game with a single to right. A wild pitch by Steven Atherton moved Orvin to third and Davis stole second before Mackert lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center to bring home Orvin. Jackson followed with a RBI single to right that scored Davis.
Winthrop closed the scoring with a pair of runs in the ninth on a solo home run by Chas Crane and a sacrifice fly to center by Justin Hopper.
The Bulldogs return to Southern Conference action this weekend as they face the College of Charleston in a three-game series at The Ballpark at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 AM with Danny Reed handling the play-by-play.