CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel baseball team took the weekend series from Presbyterian on Sunday with a 7-2 victory inside Joe Riley Park.
Jacob Watcher got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and worked a career-long 5.1 innings with four strikeouts to improve to 3-1 this season. The sophomore gave up a hit to the second batter in the game, and then retired 12 straight before allowing another hit in the fifth inning. Watcher's previous longest stint on the mound was 4.0 innings. Jordan Buster pitched 2.2 innings in relief and got The Citadel (9-11) out of two bases-loaded jams in consecutive innings. In the top of the sixth, the sophomore induced two fly outs to end the Blue Hose (11-8) scoring threat and then he ended the seventh by fanning the last batter. The staff combined for six strikeouts.
Mike Deese recorded his first career triple in the contest in a two-for-five effort, plating two RBI and scoring a run. The contest also marked the sixth multiple-hit game this season for the senior. Austin Mapes recorded his second consecutive multi-hit game, going two-for-three with an RBI. Philip Watcher and Drew Ellis accounted for the other RBI, with Ellis launching his second home run this season in the bottom of the sixth.
Jason Smith was called on to pinch run after Ben Peden reached base in the eighth inning and proceeded to steal second and third. With two bases swiped in the game, Smith is now a perfect five-for-five on stolen base attempts this season.