CHARLESTON, SC. – Right fielder Ryan McCarthy hit a solo home run to right field as The Citadel fell, 9-1, to No. 17 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Riley Park.
Score: Michigan 9, The Citadel 1
Records: Michigan (5-0), The Citadel (2-3)
Series: Michigan leads 2-0
Location: Charleston, South Carolina (Joe Riley Park)
- The eighth inning saw the Wolverines take advantage of a couple mistakes to break the game open with six runs in the inning.
How it Happened
- The Wolverines got on the board in the first inning after Jordan Brewer singled and came around to score on a double from Jimmy Kerr.
- UM added a run in the third on a solo home run from Brewer.
- The Bulldogs were able to get leadoff singles from Jeffery Brown in the first and Lane Botkin in the third, but were unable to score the runners in either fram.
- A catcher’s interference call to start the seventh allowed UM to push across an unearned run in the inning.
- A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs for the Wolverines in the eighth. A strikeout and a fielder’s choice scored one run with two outs.
- The Bulldogs nearly got out of the inning with allowing only two runs, but obstruction was called on a play at the plate extending the inning. UM would push across three more runs with a home run from Joe Donovan.
- The Citadel got its lone run in the ninth inning on a two-out solo shot from Ryan McCarthy, his first of the season.
Inside the Box Score
- The Citadel got another good start from a pitcher as Shane Connolly (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits and four strikeouts over 4.2 innings.
- Karl Kauffmann (2-0) picked up the win after allowing three hits and striking out nine over 8.0 shutout innings.
- Freshman Lane Botkin and Cole Simpson recorded their first career hits.
- Will Bastian, Lathan Todd and Cameron Reeves each made their collegiate debuts.
The final game of the three-game series has been moved up to 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
Head Coach Tony Skole
“I thought for basically seven innings it was a really good ball game. I tip my cap to Karl Kauffmann. His velocity was good early and he had a lot of arm-side run and sink. We thought our left handed hitters were a good matchup, but he threw a lot of strikes. We have to get things going offensively. Michigan has a lot to do with our struggles. I give them a lot of credit.