CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel baseball team fell 7-3 to Indiana State Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series at Joe Riley Park.
"We were able to stay in the game early on even though they hit two big home runs, but offensively for the first six innings, we just couldn't get much going," said head coach Tony Skole. "(Indiana State's pitcher) Triston Polley, that's a great left-handed arm. His numbers have been very good this season and we saw why today. They're a very nice club that defends well and has a very physical offense and they've been throwing some very good arms at us. They are making it very difficult for us right now, but we still have to find a way to generate some offense. We can't sit back and make it happen because we're not that type of team. We have to get some base runners."
The Sycamores (10-5) did all of their scoring in the first five innings, including a two-run home run in the second, a solo homer in the third and four more runs in the top of the fifth.
The Citadel (8-10) was once again able to get some late run production in the eighth and ninth innings with Brooks O'Brien leading the charge when he recorded his second RBI in as many games, pushing Cameron Jensen across the dish in the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Adam Colon drove in Jeffery Brown and Cole Buffington rounded out the scoring with a single to left-center field that scored Ryan McCarthy.
The Bulldogs' pinch hitters went a combined 4-for-8 at the plate as Brown, McCarthy, Buffington and O'Brien each recorded a hit.
Roberto Enriquez, Romero Harris and C.J. Huntley all recorded multi-hit days at the plate for the Sycamores led by Harris' 2-for-5 effort that included three runs batted in and two scored. Clay Dungan and Harris each had a home run in the game.
On the mound, Indiana State once again received a strong outing from its starting pitcher as Triston Polley (W, 4-1) went 7.1 innings, striking out five batters and giving up just two hits and one earned run. Donnie Ames came on for the final five outs, including three strikeouts.
Jordan Merritt (L, 1-2) started the game on the bump for the Bulldogs, pitching the first 4.2 frames before giving way to Devin Beckley, Will Pillsbury, Ryan Stamler and Jack Henry Beasley.
The Citadel and Indiana State will wrap up the series on Sunday, March 18 with a 1 p.m. first pitch. During the season, Sundays at the ballpark are Sunday Fundays where family groups of four or more people will be admitted for $2 off each ticket.