The Citadel Downs Baseball In Series Opener
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG baseball team could not quiet the potent offense of The Citadel Thursday night as the Bulldogs posted a 12-2 Southern Conference victory inside the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Spartans (22-31, 9-19 SoCon) racked up 11 hits, but left 11 men on base while The Citadel (32-22, 18-10 SoCon) took full advantage of its 15-hit output. The Bulldogs also scored seven runs with two outs on the board.
Senior outfielder Christian Wolfe tallied three hits in five at bats to raise his team and SoCon-leading batting average to .412 as he came into the contest ranked 11th nationally in the statistic. It was also his squad-leading 28th multiple-hit effort this season. Senior infielder Trevor Edwards and redshirt freshman Nin Marrero also recorded multiple-hit contests with two base knocks apiece.
Junior RHP Dylan Thompson was saddled with the loss in his fourth start of the year, hurling three and two-thirds innings and giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits. Coming on to pitch the final two and two-thirds frames was senior RHP Dominique Vattuone and he fanned four batters while allowing a run on three hits.
The Bulldogs jumped on top early, plating three runs on four hits, three wild pitches and a walk. UNCG threatened in the bottom of the frame, putting runners on the corners after Wolfe reached on a single and Edwards on an error. Edwards was picked off however on a third to first move by Citadel starter Austin Pritcher before senior infielder Lloyd Enzor struck out to end the inning.
Joe Jackson led off the third frame with a solo home run to right, extending the visitors' lead to 4-0. The Bulldogs would add three more unearned scores in the fourth before sophomore outfielder Eric Kalbfleisch recorded his fourth home run of the campaign – a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the inning which cut the Citadel cushion to 7-1. Enzor would drive in the Spartans' second run in the fifth with a two-out double to right center which plated Wolfe.
More two-out difficulties surfaced in the seventh stanza as the Blue and Gold used three pitchers in the frame. Bailey Rush was credited with a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and no outs to make it an 8-2 contest as sophomore RHP Adam Boghosian and redshirt sophomore LHP Blair Betts could retire just one batter between them. Vattuone came on in relief and got Johnathan Stokes to fly out to shallow right field. He could not, however, keep Davis from hitting his second home run of the day – this one a three-run blast which completed the game's scoring.
UNCG would tally three hits in the final three innings, but could not scratch a run across against the Bulldog bullpen.
The teams will continue the series Friday evening with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
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