For the second time in as many days, The Citadel knocked out an opposing starter pitcher in the first inning, scoring four times in the frame en route to a 10-3 victory over Charleston Southern Wednesday at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (12-14) banged out 16 hits, giving them 31 in wins over Coastal Carolina and CSU the past two games after failing to reach double figures the previous four contests. Every Citadel starter had a hit for the second straight game with Drew DeKerlegand tying his career high with four.
Included in DeKerlegand's output was a triple in the sixth that was the 13th of his career, tying him with Billy Baker and current associate head coach David Beckley for fourth in school history. The senior left fielder also had four hits against UNC Asheville last March.
Bo Thompson slammed his sixth home run of the season in the eighth, his sixth of the year and 23rd of his career. The junior slugger moved into a tie for 11th with Chris Lemonis and Ryan Butler in The Citadel record book.
After spotting CSU a run in the top of the first, the Bulldogs put together four hits against Tyler Pickard in the bottom of the frame, including a two-run double byTyler Griffin. Another run scored on a wild pitch, and Johnathan Stokes capped the uprising with an RBI single.
Austin Livingston started for The Citadel and blanked the Buccaneers (15-12) over his final three innings, finishing the game allowing three hits and one run with three strikeouts in four innings to pick up his first victory of the season.
The Bulldogs added to their lead with three more in the third on RBI singles byCalvin Orth, Bailey Rush and Mason Davis. Davis drove in another run with a base hit in the fifth, his third safety of the game, and Thompson capped the scoring with his round tripper.
Alex Tomasovich had three hits including a home run and scored three times for the Buccaneers while extending his hitting streak to 20 games, eight shy of the school record.
Brett Tompkins followed Livingston on the mound and allowed one hit in two shutout innings. David Rivera worked the eighth and struck out the side, giving him three strikeouts in each of his last two outings.
The Citadel returns to Southern Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Elon beginning Friday at 6 p.m.