The Citadel wins series opener over George Mason

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Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 9:06 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel pitching staff was able to get out of a pair of jams late in the game to propel the Bulldogs to a 6-3 victory over George Mason Friday afternoon in the series opener inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 6, George Mason 3

Records: The Citadel (15-6), George Mason (7-13)

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

Series: The Citadel leads 1-0

How it Happened

  • The Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning after Tilo Skole singled to left center and came in to score on Ryan McCarthy’s double deep into the gap in right center.
  • The Citadel extended the lead in the fourth inning as Noah Mitchell doubled to right center and hustled in to score on Travis Lott’s single to right field.
  • The Patriots got a run back in the sixth inning after a walk and single to start the inning set up a RBI single from Jordan Smith. The damage was limited to one run as the Bulldogs turned an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
  • Mason tied the game in the seventh as they loaded the bases on three-straight walks to start the inning. Brett Stallings drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left center. That would be all the Patriots would get as the next hitter lined into an inning-ending double play.
  • The Bulldogs quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the inning after a walk and a throwing error on a bunt put two on with no outs. Wesley Lane drove a single through the right side to score one run, and Dylan Costa followed with a RBI groundout.
  • Skole drove in the third run of the inning with a double to left field.
  • The Citadel added an insurance run in the eighth as McCarthy singled and stole second, then scored on Mitchell’s double to left.
  • The Patriots got one run back in the ninth on a RBI double from Stallings.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Bulldogs continued to get strong starting pitching. Cameron Reeves allowed just two runs on three hits over 6.0 innings in a no decision.
  • Simon Graf (1-2) worked a scoreless inning to earn the victory. He entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs, and only allowed one run to score.
  • Tyler Dunn (2) picked up the save after throwing the final two innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out two.
  • The Citadel had a trio of players collect two hits in the win. Tilo Skole, Ryan McCarthy and Noah Mitchell each went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
  • Travis Lott finished 1-for-2 with a RBI, two walks and a run scored.
  • Jared Lyons (2-3) suffered the loss after allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits over 6.1 innings.

On Deck

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