GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Citadel allowed three runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth to fall, 5-4, to Furman in the first game of a three-game series Friday evening at Latham Stadium.
Score: Furman 5, The Citadel 4
Records: Furman (8-16, 1-3 SoCon), The Citadel (9-17, 2-2 SoCon)
Series: Furman leads 1-0
Location: Greenville, South Carolina (Latham Stadium)
· The Bulldogs hit four-straight batters in the eighth inning that helped three runs to score and tie the game.
· The Citadel looked to take the lead in the ninth after a throwing error was negated by an interference call at second base.
How it Happened
· The Bulldogs wasted little time in getting on the board as Ryan McCarthy hit the first pitch of the game into the gap in left center for a double.
· After moving to third on a groundout, McCarthy scored on a groundout from Bryce Leasure.
· The Citadel added to its lead in the third inning as McCarthy and Tyler Corbitt started the inning with back-to-back singles.
· A walk to Leasure loaded the bases and Ben Peden drove in two runs with a double into the corner in right field.
· The ‘Dogs made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth when Andrew Judkins double into the left field corner to score Leasure from first.
· The Paladins got a run back in the home-half of the inning after John Michael Boswell singled through the left side to score a run.
· The score would remain the same until the eighth inning when Anthony Fontana delivered a two-out double to score a run.
· Furman would score two more runs to tie the game on four consecutive hit batters.
· The Bulldogs looked to regain the lead in the ninth inning as MCarthy started the inning with a single up the middle.
· That is when the inning got interesting. Corbitt hit a grounder to third, but no throw was made as a balk was called. The Citadel took the result of the play, which goes down as a base hit for Corbitt.
· The next batter hit a grounder to second that was thrown away at first, allowing a run to score. However, interference was called at second for not sliding and the run was taken off the board.
· The Paladins took advantage and led off the ninth with a solo home run from Dax Roper for the game winner.
Inside the Box Score
· Jordan Merritt was able to dance out of trouble in his seven innings of work. The senior allowed just one run and struck out nine.
· Merritt allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in four of the first five innings, but managed to allow just one run and strand eight base runners over that span.
· After allowing the run in the fifth, Merritt ended his outing by retiring the next six hitters he faced, including three strikeouts.
· The nine strikeouts ties a career-high for Merritt, matching the nine punchouts he had against Delaware State in his first start of the season.
· Alex Bialakis (0-2) took the loss after allowing one run to the only hitter he faced.
· Jordan Beaston (3-1) did not allow a hit in his one inning of work to pick up the victory.
· Ryan McCarthy led the offense by going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
· Tyler Corbitt and Will Bastian each added two hits.
· Peden doubled and drove in two runs as the ‘Dogs got hits from seven of the nine hitters in the lineup.