The Citadel established season highs in runs and hits in a 22-7 win over Davidson in the opening game of a Southern Conference series Friday night at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs snapped a brief two-game losing streak and improved to 28-19 overall and 15-7 in the SoCon to maintain a solid hold on second place in the conference. Davidson dropped to 13-30 and 8-17 in the league.
The teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The move was made necessary due to the likelihood of rain in the Charleston area most of Sunday.
The run total was the highest since a 25-14 victory at Davidson on April 21, 2007 and the most at Riley Park since a 22-2 victory over Wofford on March 18, 2000. The 22 hits were the most since accumulating 23 against Appalachian State on March 26, 2010. Calvin Orth (five hits) and Mason Davis (four) both set new career highs while Joe Jackson matched his career best by driving in five runs.
Every Bulldog starter scored a run, seven crossed the plate at least twice and The Citadel also had six players with multiple hits and six with two or more RBI. The previous high in runs this season was 18 at Wofford on March 17 and the season-best in hits was 19 in the first game of a doubleheader at Furman last Saturday.
Orth had two singles, two doubles and a triple to fall a home run shy of the cycle for the second time this season. The junior first baseman extended his hitting streak to a career-long 11 games and has raised his average from .272 to .325 over that stretch. Hughston Armstrong also has an 11-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 with three runs scored on Friday.
After grounding out in the first, Jackson drove in runs in his next four at bats including a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI base hit an inning later. Brett Bullard also starred for the Bulldogs, setting season highs with three hits including two doubles and four runs scored while knocking in a pair to match his season best.
Johnathan Stokes added three hits and put the finishing touches on the victory with a three-run homer as part of a seven-run seventh. Stokes had four RBI on the night and has 44 on the season, two behind team-leader Jackson, and has driven in at least one run in 14 of the last 18 games with a total of 27 during that time.
Austin Pritcher, named the SoCon Pitcher of the Month earlier Friday, struck out a season-high nine in six innings to raise his record to 6-2 on the year and earn his 20th career win, the most for any active conference pitcher. The senior right hander allowed six hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings and gave up his first home run of the season when David Daniels left the yard in the third.
Ross White went the final three innings for The Citadel and gave up three hits and two unearned runs, struck out two and did not walk a batter to pick up his first career save. Ryan Lowe (4-7) took the loss for Davidson.