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The Citadel’s offense errupts in 19-0 win over Davidson

The Citadel collected 16 hits on Saturday in a 19-0 win over Davidson
The Citadel collected 16 hits on Saturday in a 19-0 win over Davidson(The Citadel Athletics)
Updated: Mar. 13, 2021 at 7:24 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Just one day after collecting only three hits, The Citadel offense erupted for 19 runs on 16 hits in a 19-0 victory over Davidson Saturday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Not to be outdone, the Bulldog pitching staff was just as stellar as The Citadel took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in posting back-to-back shutouts.

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 19, Davidson 0

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

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

Series: The Citadel leads 2-0

How it Happened

· The Bulldogs did not wait to get the offense going today as Jeffery Brown singled to start the game and came around to score on a Cole Simpson base hit to right field.

· The score would remain that way until the third inning when the Bulldogs pushed across seven runs in the frame.

· Simpson drove in his second run with a double and Logan Taplett pushed across the second run with a RBI single.

· After two runs scored on an error, Ryan McCarthy turned on a first-pitch fastball and launched a ball well beyond the fence in right for a three-run homer.

· The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fifth on a double from Brooks O’Brien and walks to Brown and McCarthy. Mitchell scored one run with a fielder’s choice and Simpson drove in his third run of the day with a base hit through the right side.

· O’Brien collected his second hit of the game in the sixth, this time a RBI single to right field.

· After a Brown sacrifice fly, McCarthy came calling again with his second long ball of the game, this time a two-run shot to right.

· The bats were not done yet as the eighth inning saw five more runs cross the plate.

· O’Brien collected his second RBI single of the game, and Wesley Lane followed with a RBI double.

· Two more runs scored on wild pitches, and Mitchell drove in his second run with a groundout.

Inside the Box Score

· As good as the offense was, the pitching was just as good.

· Cameron Reeves (2-0) was dealing all game as he struck out nine over 6.0 no-hit innings.

· He struck out at least one hitter in all six innings, including striking out two in each of the first three innings.

· Zach Jones took over in the seventh inning and got through the inning without allowing a hit.

· The Wildcats finally collected their first hit with two outs in the eighth inning.

· Will Bastian preserved the shutout by retiring all three hitters he faced in the ninth.

· The Bulldog pitching staff recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since blanking Saint Peter’s in the final two games of the series in 2020.

· Ryan McCarthy finished with a pair of home runs and drove in five runs. His first home run traveled 448 feet, while his second went 442 feet.

· McCarthy is the first Bulldog with a two-homer game since Noah Mitchell hit a pair against Saint Peter’s on Feb. 29, 2020.

· Cole Simpson continues to hit the ball hard as he went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

· Brooks O’Brien had himself a day at the plate as he finished 3-for-3 with a double, walk, hit by pitch and four runs scored.

· The 19 runs scored are the most since the Bulldogs scored 34 runs in a midweek victory over Winthrop on March 14, 2017.

On Deck

The two teams close out the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.