The Citadel falls at Western Carolina for 22nd straight loss

The Citadel falls at Western Carolina for 22nd straight loss
The Citadel's losing streak reached 22 with a loss to Western Carolina on Thursday (The Citadel Athletics) (Source: The Citadel Athletics)

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – An unearned run in the sixth inning proved to be the difference as The Citadel fell 4-3 to Western Carolina in the first game of a three game Southern Conference Thursday afternoon at Hennon Stadium.

Game Information

Score: Western Carolina 4, The Citadel 3

Records: Western Carolina (20-28, 8-14 SoCon), The Citadel (10-42, 3-19 SoCon)

Series: WCU leads 1-0

Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina (Hennon Stadium)

Key Plays

  • A bobble in the outfield allowed an unearned run to score in the sixth inning. The run ending up being the game winner.
  • The Bulldogs got a leadoff single and stolen base from Wesley Lane in the ninth inning, but three flyouts stranded the runner at second to end the game.

How it Happened

  • WCU got on the board in the first inning after a two-out chopper up the middle was followed by a RBI single into the hole at short from Andrew Bullock
  • The Catamounts added to their lead in the second after loading the bases and scoring on a fielder’s choice from Daylan Nanny.
  • The Bulldogs got the bats rolling in the fourth inning as Ben Peden singled to start the inning, and was followed by base hits from Ches Goodman and Cole Simpson to load the bases.
  • After falling behind in the count, Wesley Lane ripped a double off the base of the wall in left to clear the bases and give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
  • WCU tied the game in the sixth after a leadoff double came around to score on a two-out single through the left side off the bat of Will Prater. A base hit on a hit-and-run, followed by a misplay in the outfield, allowed the Catamounts to take the lead.
  • The Bulldogs attempted to tie the game in the ninth inning as Lane singled to right center and stole second. Three flyball outs stranded Lane at second to end the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Shane Connolly (3-7) suffered the loss after surrendering four runs, three earned, on seven hits and three strikeouts over 6.0 innings.
  • He gave up single runs in the first and second innings, and then allowed only one baserunner over the next three frames
  • Cameron Reeves tossed the final two innings, allowing just one hit.
  • Wesley Lane led the offense by going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
  • Taylor Purus (4-4) gave up three runs on six hits and 13 strikeouts over 8.0 innings to pick up the win.
  • Jacob Com (4) gave up one hit in a scoreless inning to pick up the save.

On Deck

The Bulldogs and Catamounts play the middle game of the three-game series Friday afternoon at 5 p.m