Hartford outduels The Citadel in 2-0 win

Hartford outduels The Citadel in 2-0 win
Shane Connolly threw 7 strong innings but The Citadel dropped their series opener to Hartford on Friday, 2-0 (Source: The Citadel Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – In what was one of the better under-the-radar pitching matchups in college baseball, left handers Shane Connolly and Nicholas Dombkowski did not disappoint. The juniors dueled for seven innings with Hartford walking away with the 2-0 victory in the series opener Friday evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

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Game Information

Score: Hartford 2, The Citadel 0

Records: Hartford (5-3), The Citadel (9-3)

Series: Hartford leads series 1-0

Location: Charleston, South Carolina (Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park)

Key Plays

  • The Bulldogs had a chance to get on the board in the first inning, but they could not take advantage of an error and left the bases loaded.

How it Happened

  • The game was played in a strong wind that made it difficult on balls hit into the air.
  • The Hawks got the only runs they would need in the third inning as John Thrasher led off with a solo home run to left field.
  • Three-straight singles followed to the load the bases, and Tyler Coppo delivered a sacrifice fly to center field.
  • The Hawks looked to add to the lead later in the inning, but Connolly got the hitter to ground into the inning-ending 5-2-3 double play.
  • That would be all that Connolly (3-1) would surrender as he gave up five hits and struck out four over 7.0 innings.
  • Dombkowksi (3-0) was even more impressive as he allowed just three hits and struck out eight over 7.0 innings.
  • Will Nowak (3) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Inside the Box Score

  • The two teams combined to strand 16 base runners. Hartford stranded 10, while the Bulldogs left six on base.
  • Two of the Bulldogs four hits went for extra bases. Ches Goodman doubled with one out in the third and Lane Botkin led off the eighth with a double.
  • Devin Beckley struck out two over his 1.2 innings pitched. He now has 21 strikeouts in 10.0 innings.
  • Brandon Mulier came in and struck out the only hitter he faced.

On Deck

The two teams will play the middle game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.