The Citadel baseball team was defeated 6-4 at Winthrop on Tuesday night despite leading for five and a half innings.
The Bulldogs (10-20, 2-4 SoCon) got off to a quick start, opening the scoring in the second inning after Ben Peden led off with a double. Peden moved over to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI ground out by Joe Sabatini.
Jonathan Sabo crushed his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot scoring William Kinney in the third inning to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-0. Winthrop scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning to cut The Citadel’s lead to one run.
In the top of the sixth, the Bulldogs added back to their lead after another double by Peden. The first baseman later scored on a wild pitch by the Eagles.
Winthrop answered back in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out on two singles and a hit-by-pitch. With the benefit of two Bulldog errors, the Eagles put up three runs to take their first lead of the game at 5-4. Winthrop closed out the game with a run in the eighth to grab the 6-4 victory.
Alex Bialakis made the start, throwing five innings with two runs allowed. The sophomore right hander left the ball game in line for the win after recording four strikeouts.
Peden paced the offense with two of the team’s four hits. The sophomore scored two runs and posted two doubles. Sabo and Cole Buffington recorded the Bulldogs’ other two hits.
The Citadel next plays a three-game Southern Conference series at Samford April 13-15. Links to live statistics and video will be available at CitadelSports.com.
Top 2nd – The Citadel 1, Winthrop 0: Ben Peden scored on a ground out by Joe Sabatini with no outs.
Top 3rd – The Citadel 3, Winthrop 0: William Kinney scored on a two-run home run to left-center field by Jonathan Sabo with two outs.
Bottom 4th – The Citadel 3, Winthrop 1: Paulsen scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Lipscomb with one out.
Bottom 5th – The Citadel 3, Winthrop 2: Musselwhite scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Lipscomb with one out.
Top 6th – The Citadel 4, Winthrop 2: Ben Peden scored on a wild pitch with no outs.
Bottom 6th – The Citadel 4, Winthrop 4: Lipscomb and Halstead scored on an error by second base with one out.
Bottom 6th – Winthrop 5, The Citadel 4: Fite scored on an error by third base with two outs.
Bottom 8th – Winthrop 6, The Citadel 4: Halstead scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by English with one out.