The Citadel baseball team was defeated 4-2 by Furman Friday night at Latham Stadium as the Paladins hit two home runs.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the top of the third started by Jonathan Sabo’s two-out single. After Sabo stole his first base of the season, Bryce Leasure followed up with an RBI single.
The Citadel continued to move on the base paths as Clay Martin stole his second base of the year with two outs in the fourth inning. The steal set up Cole Buffington’s RBI single, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 2-0.
Furman battled back, however, using the long ball to eventually take the lead. The Paladins got on the board in the fourth inning on Carter Grote’s solo home run and captured the lead on a two-run home run by Sims Griffith in the sixth.
JP Sears threw seven innings with six strikeouts. He allowed just one walk and seven hits, two of which were home runs. Jordan Buster pitched one inning in relief with one strike out.
The Bulldog offense outhit Furman 9-8 with at least one hit in each of the first seven innings. Jonathan Sabo led the way with a 3-for-4 game, scoring a run and stealing his first base. Taylor Cothran, William Kinney, Barrett Charpia, Buffington, Martin and Leasure each recorded a hit.
The Citadel continues the series against Furman on Saturday at noon. The game, originally scheduled for 4 p.m., was moved up due to forecasted weather conditions.
Top 3rd – The Citadel 1, Furman 0: Jonathan Sabo scored from second base on a single to center field by Bryce Leasure with two outs.
Top 4th – The Citadel 2, Furman 0: Clay Martin scored from second base on a single through the left side by Cole Buffington with two outs.
Bottom 4th – The Citadel 2, Furman 1: Carter Grote scored on a solo home run to left field with no outs.
Bottom 4th – The Citadel 2, Furman 2: Sky Overton scored from third base on a fielder’s choice ground out to third base by Brandon Elmy with no outs.
Bottom 6th – Furman 4, The Citadel 2: Landon Kay scored from first on a two-run home run to left field by Sims Griffith with two outs.