The Citadel takes series opener over VMI

Published: May. 5, 2023 at 10:14 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel scored four runs in the first inning and rode the right arm of Cameron Reeves for a 5-3 victory over VMI in the series opener Friday afternoon inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 5, VMI 3

Records: VMI (23-23, 7-8), The Citadel (20-22, 5-8)

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

Series: The Citadel leads 1-0

How it Happened

  • The Bulldogs got going immediately in the bottom of the first inning as Sawyer Reeves started the frame with a ground-rule double to right. Thomas Rollauer followed with a bunt single and made it all the way to third when the throw went into the right-field corner.
  • Noah Mitchell drove in Rollauer with a single to left center. Wells Sykes then singled up the middle and scored on a Travis Elliott double to right center. Crosby Jones drove in the fourth run of the inning with a base hit up the middle.
  • VMI got on the board in the sixth inning after back-to-back homers from Trey Morgan and Justin Starke. After an error helped extend the inning, VMI scored another run on a sacrifice bunt from Zac Morris.
  • The Citadel got a run back in the sixth inning on a solo home run from Crosby Jones.

Inside the Box Score

  • Cameron Reeves (7-4) continued to dominate on the mound as he allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits over 7.0 innings.
  • He did not allow a hit through the first five innings before the first three batters of the sixth inning reached via hit. He would go on to not allow a hit over the next 2.0 innings.
  • Gant Starling (2) allowed two hits over 2.0 shutout innings to earn his second save of the season.
  • After allowing a leadoff walk in the ninth, Starling got a double play on the next pitch.
  • Reeves and Starling combined to limit the nation’s third-best hitting team to just five hits.
  • The Bulldog offense finished the game with 11 hits, including collecting six hits in their four-run first inning.
  • Thomas Rollauer and Travis Lott each went 2-for-4.
  • Travis Elliott doubled in a run in his first at-bat for the second consecutive game. He ended the game going 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
  • Crosby Jones collected a pair of hits, including his second home run of the season, and drove in two runs.
  • Noah Mitchell reached safely three times as he had a RBI single in his first at-bat, and drew a pair of walks.
  • The victory gave the Bulldogs a win in the series for opener for the third-straight conference series.

On Deck

The two teams play the middle game of the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m.