CHARLESTON, SC - A one-out, two-run home run by William Kinney in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted The Citadel baseball team to a 4-2 win over UConn in the third game of a four-game series Sunday afternoon at Joe Riley Park.
"I'm really proud of our guys. After the thumping we took last night, we challenged our guys and they responded in a big way," said head coach Tony Skole. "It comes down to that starting pitcher and Alex gave us almost six great innings and pitched well. Buster and Pillsbury then came on and gave us some support and we decided to go with Sabo there for two. I just cannot say enough about our pitching staff and what they did today. Then you also look at the offense, we had six hits and four runs, four sac bunts and a squeeze in there, tried to steal a base and that's just Citadel baseball right there. Sometimes we make mistakes because we're trying to make things happen and sometimes it doesn't always work, but the type of club we are, we have to push the buttons, take some chances and that's what we're going to continue to do."
The game started off as a classic pitchers' duel as Alex Bialakis went toe-to-toe, pitch-for-pitch with Chase Gardner in the early going. The two combined for five strikeouts while giving up just one walk and three hits through the first three innings. Gardner then gave up the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Taylor Cothran singled to left field, scoring Jonathan Sabo from second. Cothran's single was just the third of the game for the Bulldogs at the time.