The Citadel Takes 2-1 Pitching Duel over Presbyterian

VIDEO: The Citadel takes game 1 from Presbyterian

CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel baseball team defeated Presbyterian 2-1 on Friday evening inside Joe Riley Park in a game that featured just seven hits between the two teams.

JP Sears made his fifth start of the season on the mound for the Bulldogs and tossed a season-best 7.0 innings while giving up three hits. The three hits allowed are the second-fewest the sophomore righty has permitted this year and the fewest since March 4 when Sears held the College of Charleston to three. Zach Lavery finished off the game on the mound for The Citadel, throwing 2.0 perfect innings and facing six batters. The senior collected his fourth save of the season in the win.

Offensively Mike Deese, Austin Mapes, Drew Ellis and Bret Hines recorded hits for the Bulldogs (8-10) who earned the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk by Philip Watcher in the bottom of the seventh. The only others runs scored in the game came in the second inning when Steven Hansen hit a long fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly and after Presbyterian hit a home run in the top of the inning. The 2-1 game was the second-lowest scoring contest of the season for the 'Dogs.

The Citadel handed Presbyterian's Brian Kehner his first loss of the season in 6.1 innings of work.