Ben Peden continued his hot streak with his fifth home run of the year and a career-high tying four RBIs in The Citadel’s 8-5 victory over Charleston Southern on Tuesday night at Joe Riley Park.
After Charleston Southern went ahead 2-0 in the first inning, Peden put the Bulldogs in front 3-2 with a two-run home run down the right field line in the bottom of the first. Jonathan Sabo, who scored on Peden’s fifth homer of the season, drove in the first run of the inning on an RBI single.
In the second inning, the Bulldogs (12-22, 3-6 SoCon) loaded the bases for Peden with three straight singles by Clay Martin, William Kinney and Sabo. Peden then added to the Bulldogs’ lead with a two-RBI single. Joe Sabatini capped the scoring in the second with a sacrifice fly to give The Citadel a 6-2 lead.
The Citadel bullpen came through with 8.1 innings among seven different pitchers, allowing three runs with just one earned. Jordan Buster (2-0) earned the victory with 2.1 innings of perfect baseball, striking out three batters.
Jordan Merrit, Beau Strickland, Aaron Lesiak and Kyle Smith each pitched a scoreless inning in the middle frames for the Bulldogs. Marlin Morris picked up his first save of the year, closing out the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run.
The Bulldogs’ first five hitters each finished with two hits and were a combined 10-for-18 at the dish with four walks. Martin went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Kinney scored three runs and stole three bases in a 2-for-3 night. Sabo also finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Sabatini drove home two runs out of the five hole.
The Citadel returns to conference action hosting Southern Conference leading Mercer April 21-23. First pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Top 1st – CSU 1, The Citadel 0: Nate Blanchard scored on a ground out to shortstop by Chris Singleton with one out.
Top 1st – CSU 2, The Citadel 0: Jason Miller scored on a bases-loaded walk by Kyle Vesnesky with two outs.
Bottom 1st – CSU 2, The Citadel 1: Clay Martin scored on a single to center field by Jonathan Sabo with one out.
Bottom 1st – The Citadel 3, CSU 2: Jonathan Sabo scored on a two-run home run to right field by Ben Peden with one out.
Bottom 2nd – The Citadel 5, CSU 2: Clay Martin and William Kinney scored on a single to right field by Ben Peden with no outs.
Bottom 2nd – The Citadel 6, CSU 2: Jonathan Sabo scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Joe Sabatini with no outs.
Bottom 6th – The Citadel 7, CSU 2: William Kinney scored on a single to right field by Joe Sabatini with two outs.
Top 8th – The Citadel 7, CSU 3: Mike Sconzo scored on a bases-loaded walk by Nate Blanchard with one out.
Top 8th – The Citadel 7, CSU 5: Cody Smith and Nate Blanchard scored on a single by Jason Miller with two outs.
Bottom 8th – The Citadel 8, CSU 5: William Kinney scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Jonathan Sabo with one out.