VMI 5, The Citadel 2
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Citadel controlled the game for the first six innings, but it was a four-run seventh inning that was the difference in the Bulldogs 5-2 setback at VMI Thursday night.
Score: VMI 5, The Citadel 2
Records: The Citadel (18-14, 0-4), VMI (11-24, 2-2)
Location: Gray-Minor Stadium (Lexington, Virginia)
Series: VMI leads 1-0
How it Happened
· The Bulldogs got on the board in the second inning as Noah Mitchell singled to left to start the inning and took second on a wild pitch. After moving to third on a flyout to right, Ben Hutchins drove in Mitchell with a groundout to the right side.
· The Citadel doubled the lead in the fourth as Ryan McCarthy singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Mitchell followed with a RBI single to left center to score McCarthy.
· The Keydets got the offense going in the seventh inning as a solo homer from Zac Morris got things going.
· Three batters later, Jed Barrett delivered a two-run double to left center. Brett Cook drove in the fourth run of the inning on a base hit to right.
· VMI added an unearned run in the eighth inning on a base hit from Reeves Whitmore.
Inside the Box Score
· The Bulldogs controlled the first six innings of the game as Cameron Reeves was in control on the mound.
· The momentum changed in the seventh inning after the VMI bench asked the umpires check Reeves for an illegal substance.
· Reeeves (2-4) would not be able to recover as he allowed three runs on six hits over 6.0 to suffer the loss.
· The Bulldog offense managed just six singles. Noah Mitchell led the way by going 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
· Trey Morgan (1-1) picked up the win as he allowed two runs on five hits over 7.0 innings.
· Will Riley (3) earned the save after surrendering just one hit and striking out four in 2.0 shutout innings.
· Ryan McCarthy threw out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double for his eighth outfield assist of the season.
The teams play the middle game of the three-game series Friday at 6 p.m
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