- Taylor Cothran's RBI single in the eighth scored Ben Peden and served as the game winner as The Citadel Bulldogs rallied again, this time for an 8-7 win over visiting La Salle on Saturday afternoon at Riley Park.
Cothran’s two-out line drive found a hole in right center to send Peden racing home with the go-ahead run. Peden double to the wall in left center to set up the two-out rally. The Citadel’s Jonathan Sabo (S, 1) induced a pair of quick fly balls and finished the game with a strikeout to get his first save of the season in as many appearances. Kyle Smith (W, 1-0) was able to get a line-drive double play to work out of trouble in the eighth to get the win.
The Bulldogs improve to 3-2 with the win and clinch the series, while La Salle falls to 2-4.
The win marked the second time in as many days The Citadel had trailed by at least three and rallied for a win. The Bulldogs won 7-6 in 15 innings on Friday night.
Cothran and Peden both went 3-for-5 to lead an 11-hit day for the Bulldogs. J.D. Davis reached twice in four at-bats and scored twice.
The Bulldogs overcame a 4-0 hole in the first inning following a grand slam by La Salle's Chase Arnold. The Explorers took advantage a pair of walks and a hit batter by starter Will Pillsbury to build an early lead, but The Citadel quickly answered back.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the bottom of the first to cut the lead in half. Sabo's two-out single started a rally, as Peden laced an RBI double down the right field line. Cothran followed with an RBI triple at the base of the wall to cut the lead to 4-2.
La Salle scored twice in the second to extend the edge to 6-2, but not for long.
Three walks and a hit batter in the bottom of the second set the table for Sabo, who lined a two-run single into centerfield to cut the lead to 6-5. A wild pitch scored Cameron Jensen for the first run of the inning.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single from Peden following a walk and stolen base by Davis. The Citadel moved a pair of runners into scoring position, but reliever Niko Jenkins came on to get Cothran to ground out and end the threat.
Arnold had the big swing for La Salle and finished 2-for-5, scoring twice with four RBI. Connor Hinchliffe was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Riley Park.
-per The Citadel Athletics