The Citadel takes pitchers duel in series opener over Davidson

Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 11:01 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel got dominant pitching from starter Jake Pilarksi as the Bulldogs shutout Davidson, 2-0, in the series opener Friday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 2, Davidson 0

Records: Davidson (5-6), The Citadel (5-7)

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

Series: The Citadel leads 1-0

How it Happened

• The majority of the game belonged to the starting pitchers as The Citadel’s Jake Pilarski and Davidson’s Gabe Levy kept the hitters off balance.

• Both pitchers had their best stuff as neither pitcher allowed a runner to reach third base through the first seven innings.

• The Bulldog offense finally got something going in the eighth inning as Logan Taplett and Travis Lott singled to start the inning.

• After a sacrifice bunt from Tilo Skole, the Wildcats went to their bullpen.

• Just before the first pitch was thrown, a balk was called, allowing Taplett to score from third.

• On the next pitch, Jeffery Brown grounded out to third to score Lott with the second run.

Inside the Box Score

• Jake Pilarski was dominant throughout the evening. The graduate transfer allowed just six singles over 7.0 innings. He surrendered one walk and tied his season high with eight strikeouts.

• Gabe Levy (1-2) was just as equally impressive as he surrendered just three hits and struck out 12 over 7.2 innings. The two hits he allowed in the eighth proved to be the difference.

• Chace Cooper (1-0) picked up his first career victory by pitching a scoreless eighth inning. The freshman allowed one hit and struck out a pair.

• Devin Beckley (1) picked up his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth. He struck out the first two hitters he faced before an error extended the game. After a base hit, Beckley struck out the next hitter to end the game.

• As a staff, the Bulldogs struck out 13 hitters. It marked the fifth time this season the Bulldogs struck out double-digit hitters, and the second time this season they did it in back-to-back games.

• The game was the first shutout of the season and the first since a 7-0 victory over Hartford on March 7, 2020.

• The victory marked the first shutout over the Wildcats since a 2-0 victory on March 6, 2012.

• The three hits tie for the fewest hits in a victory since only getting three hits in a 1-0 victory over VMI on March 23, 2019.

On Deck

The two teams play the middle game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.