The Citadel drops series opener at South Florida, 9-1

The Citadel drops series opener at South Florida, 9-1

TAMPA, Fla. – The Citadel allowed four runs in the fifth inning to break a tie game in falling, 9-1, to USF Thursday evening at the USF Baseball Complex.

Game Information

Score: USF 9, The Citadel 1

Records: The Citadel (10-26) USF (16-20)

Series: USF leads 1-0

Location: Tampa, Florida (USF Baseball Stadium)

Key Plays

  • The Bulldogs put runners on the corners with no outs in the fifth inning, but were unable to score.
  • The Bulls responded by scoring four runs in the home-half of the inning.

How it Happened

  • The Citadel got on the board early as Ryan McCarthy beat out an infield single and stole second.
  • Tyler Corbitt singled into the hole at short to put runners on the corners, and Ben Peden drove in McCarthy with a groundout to the right side.
  • The Bulls tied the game in the third after a leadoff single came around to score on a Joe Genord single to left.
  • USF took control of the game in the fifth after a solo home run from Jake Sullivan gave the Bulls the lead.
  • They would add three more runs in the inning with the damage being done on a two-run double from Chris Chatfield.
  • USF broke the game open in the eighth on a grand slam off the bat of Chatfield.

Inside the Box Score

  • Jordan Merritt (3-5) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.
  • Ches Goodman entered the game in the fifth and retired the two hitters he faced, including a strikeout.
  • The Bulldogs got shutout innings of relief from Jordan Buster and Morgan Foulks.
  • Baron Stuart (2-2) picked up the victory after allowing just one run on five hits over 8.0 innings.
  • Ryan McCarthy led the offense by going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • McCarthy also stole two bases.
  • Ben Peden collected a single and drove in a run.
  • The Bulldogs escaped damage in the sixth inning as they got a 3-6-3 double play with runners on the corners and one out.

On Deck

Due to the forecast of heavy rains on Friday, the teams will not play on Friday and will conclude the series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.