The Citadel opens series with ETSU with victory on Friday

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Updated: Apr. 16, 2021 at 10:40 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel got strong pitching out of the bullpen from Cameron Reeves, and timely hitting from the offense to secure a 5-4 victory over ETSU in the series opener Friday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 5, ETSU 4

Records: The Citadel (10-19, 2-10), ETSU (16-15, 6-7)

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

Series: The Citadel leads 1-0

How it Happened

  • ETSU got on the board in the first after a one-out walk came around to score on a single off the bat of David Beam.
  • The Bulldogs answered back in a big way in the second inning as they took advantage of a pair of errors to push across four runs.
  • A fielding error started the inning before a bunt was thrown away at second to put runners on the corners with no outs.
  • With one out, Travis Lott delivered a RBI single up the middle to tie the game.
  • Brooks O’Brien continued to show his ability to handle the bat as he put down a bunt that turned into a RBI single.
  • Jeffery Brown drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly, and O’Brien came around with the fourth run on a wild pitch.
  • The Bucs got two runs back in the third inning on a two-run single from Jake Lyle.
  • The next five innings belonged to the Bulldog bullpen as Cameron Reeves shut down the ETSU offense over the next five innings.
  • The Bulldog offense got the bats going again in the eighth inning when Ryan McCarthy drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. With two outs, Crosby Jones delivered a double into the left field corner to score McCarthy with what turned out to be the game-winning run.
  • ETSU was able to push across one run in the top of the ninth to pull within one run.
  • After the Bucs loaded the bases, Jake Pilarski came out of the bullpen and only needed one pitch to get the final out of the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • The victory marked the second time this season the Bulldogs won the opening game of a conference series by a 5-4 score.
  • Cameron Reeves (3-6) picked up his first conference win of the season out of the bullpen. The right hander kept ETSU off the board for the first five innings before running into a jam in the ninth.
  • He finished the game allowing just one run on four hits and four strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
  • Jake Pilarski (1) earned his first save as a Bulldog as he got a flyout to end the game on the first pitch he threw.
  • Chace Cooper was the first Bulldog out of the bullpen and got the team out of third inning by getting the final two outs.
  • Hunter Loyd (4-2) took the loss for the Bucs as he gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits and 10 strikeouts over 7.2 innings.
  • Brooks O’Brien continued to produce out of the nine hole as he went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored.
  • Noah Mitchell was the only other Bulldog with two hits.

On Deck

After an issue with the lights at Riley Park, the two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.