Calvin Orth scored on a single down the first base line by Mason Davis with two outs in the eighth, giving The Citadel a 5-4 victory over Furman in the opening game of a Southern Conference series Friday at Riley Park.
The series continues with games Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Orth led off the winning rally with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ryan Kilgallen. Bret Hines launched a fly ball to center, and Orth just beat the throw to third, putting him in position to score when Davis' smash bounced away from Furman first baseman Greg Harrison.
The run made a winner of Zach Lavery (2-0), the second time in as many games that the redshirt freshman picked up a victory out of the bullpen. He came in with two Paladins on and one out in the top of eighth and escaped the jam, keeping the game tied at 4.
After the Bulldogs (17-25, 3-15 SoCon) took the lead, closer Skylar Hunter worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save of the year. The sophomore increased his career save total to 22, tying Tom Martin for fifth place in school history.
Logan Cribb started for The Citadel and worked six solid innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out three. He left with a 4-2 lead before Furman scored twice in the seventh including a game-tying single by Chris Ohmstede off David Rivera.
Elliott Warford gave up the winning run and took the loss, dropping to 2-3 on the season. Matt Solter started for the Paladins (16-24, 6-9) and scattered 10 hits while fanning eight in seven innings on the hill.
The Citadel jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second when Hines doubled to bring in Orth and then scored on a two-out bunt single by Hughston Armstrong.
Furman tied it with two runs in the third, getting an RBI single from Harrison and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ohmstede, before the Bulldogs retook the lead the following frame. With two on, Tyler Griffin drove a shot into the left field corner where Carter Grote got a glove on the ball but was unable to hold on after crashing into the wall.
Both runners scored on the play to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 edge which stood until the Paladin rally in the seventh.
Hines added to his double in the second with another two-base hit in the fourth and tied his career high with three hits with a single in the sixth. Grote had three hits for Furman.