Led by power bats and a power pitching performance, The Citadel baseball team rebounded with an 8-6 victory over Samford on Friday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
William Kinney hit his first home run of the season and Joe Sabatini crushed a three-run bomb to back Will Abbott’s first career victory.
The Bulldogs (11-21, 3-5 SoCon) opened the game quickly after being shutout a night prior, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Jonathan Sabo and Bryce Leasure each came through with RBI hits in the opening frame.
After two unearned runs came home for Samford in the bottom of the first, The Citadel offense responded on Kinney’s two-run home run in the second inning. The Bulldogs never looked back, holding onto the 8-6 victory in game two of the three-game series.
Sabatini’s home run in the fifth made it 7-2 and proved to be the difference as Samford scored four runs in the final three innings.
Abbott powered his way to his first collegiate victory with eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings. The freshman allowed just two unearned runs in the outing as he battled around seven walks.
Sabo finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Ben Peden continued his hot streak with a 2-for-3 game, a double and a run scored. Leasure posted a 2-for-3 day with two RBI in the victory.
As a staff, the Bulldog pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts. With two runners on in a two-run ball game in the bottom of the ninth, Jordan Buster struck out the lone batter he faced to nail down his first save of the season.
The Bulldogs complete the series at Samford in Saturday’s rubber game. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Top 1st – The Citadel 1, Samford 0: Clay Martin scored on a double to right field by Jonathan Sabo with one out.
Top 1st – The Citadel 2, Samford 0: Jonathan Sabo scored on a single to center field by Bryce Leasure with two outs.
Bottom 1st – The Citadel 2, Samford 1: T.J. Dixon scored on a single to left field by Austin Edens with one out.
Bottom 1st – The Citadel 2, Samford 2: Branden Fryman scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Taylor Garris with one out.
Top 2nd – The Citadel 4, Samford 2: Clay Martin scored on a two-run home run to left-center field by William Kinney with two outs.
Top 5th – The Citadel 7, Samford 2: Jonathan Sabo and Ben Peden scored on a three-run home run to left-center field by Joe Sabatini with no outs.
Bottom 7th – The Citadel 7, Samford 4: Branden Fryman scored on a two-run home run to left field by Kevin Williams with no outs.
Top 9th – The Citadel 8, Samford 4: Jonathan Sabo scored on a bases-loaded walk by Bryce Leasure with one out.
Bottom 9th – The Citadel 8, Samford 6: Kevin Williams scored on a two-run home run to right field by Jordan Fucci.