ELON, NC - The Citadel baseball team dropped the second game of its three-game series at Elon on Saturday afternoon 5-3.
Thanks to three consecutive singles in the fifth inning, Elon (7-8) struck first and took a 3-0 lead but the Bulldogs answered quickly with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh inning to tie the game up at 3-3. The Phoenix then tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning to take the lead for good.
The Bulldogs (7-7) had once last chance to send the game to extra innings with runners on the corners in the top of ninth thanks to a double by William Kinney and a single by Clay Martin, but The Citadel was unable to push the runs across and dropped the second game of the series. Jordan Buster was dealt his first loss of the season.
Bret Hines led the Bulldogs with three hits including two doubles and Austin Mapes recorded two hits of his own. As a team, the 'Dogs had 10 hits in the contest and continue to do their damage in the latter half of the game with 39 of their 68 total runs this season coming in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
The Citadel returns to the field Sunday in Elon, North Carolina, for the final game of the series. The game, originally scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., has been moved up to noon. Live stats will be available for the game at CitadelSports.com.