Bulldogs Fall 12-7 at Georgia Southern

Bulldogs Fall 12-7 at Georgia Southern
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STATESBORO, GA - The Citadel baseball team jumped out to a 7-1 lead over Georgia Southern early Tuesday night, but the Eagles scored 11 unanswered runs over the final five innings to claim a 12-7 win at J.I. Clements Field.

Jeffery Brown had one of the best games of his career as he went 4-for-5 with one run scored, three runs batted in and a pair of stolen bases. The three RBIs, four hits and two swiped bags were all career highs for Brown.

Ryan McCarthy also logged a multi-hit game as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Citadel (12-15) notched 12 hits in the game, the 11th time this season the Bulldogs have had at least 10 hits in a game and the fourth game the Bulldogs had at least a dozen.

Georgia Southern (14-14) started off slow, but ultimately ended up with 13 hits as five Eagles logged multi-hit outings. Jason Swan went 3-for-5 with five runs batted in and Mason McWhorter went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in off a pair of home runs.

After Georgia Southern led the game off with one run scored in the bottom of the first, The Citadel burst forth with a four spot in the top of the second off four hits and a GS error. The first five batters of the frame all reached safely, including back-to-back hits by Ben Peden and McCarthy.

Taylor Cothran and Peden each then scored off wild pitches, with McCarthy being driven home by a Clay Martin single. After a Georgia Southern pitching change, Brown singled to left field, scoring J.D. Davis.

The Bulldogs then added three more runs in the top of the fourth as McCarthy led things off with a single through the right side. Three batters later, Brown hit the first triple of his career, scoring McCarthy and Martin before William Kinney drove in Brown with a single to center field.

After that, it was all Georgia Southern as the Eagles scored their 11 unanswered runs. The scoring drive began when GS pulled back to within two in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs, all of which were scored with two outs on the board. The Eagles then retook a one-run lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the sixth off the first of McWhorter's two home runs, with another run coming in the bottom of the seventh. GS finished things off with two runs in the eighth for the 12-7 advantage.

Will Pillsbury pitched the first 3.2 innings for the Bulldogs and struck out four batters compared to giving up five earned runs, four walks and two hits. Jordan Merritt (L, 2-4) came on for the final out of the fourth inning and the first out of the fifth to take the decision on the mound for the 'Dogs.

For Georgia Southern, David Johnson started the game before giving way to Braxton Johns in the second inning. Seth Johnston then came on to pitch with Cole Whitney (W, 3-1) earning the win for the Eagles as he tossed the final five frames.

The Bulldogs will next return home to the friendly confines of Joe Riley Park on Wednesday, April 4 to commence a nine-game homestand beginning with a contest against the Eagles of Winthrop. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.