CHARLESTON, SC - Delaware scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to come away with a 3-2 victory over The Citadel in game one of the four-game series Thursday evening at Riley Park. The loss drops The Citadel to 1-3 on the season and the two teams will play tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Cameron Travalini drew a walk off Ross White to open the inning. Zach Sherrill came on in relief and got Andrew Burgess out on a sacrifice bunt that moved Travalini to second. A pinch-hit double down the left-field line by Alex Mottle moved Travalini to third and the sacrifice fly to foul territory in left by Joe Giacchino plated Travalini with the eventual winning run.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Justin Mackert led off the frame with single through the left side and with Drew DeKerlegand at the plate, stole second. DeKerlegand lifted a deep fly ball to right to advance Mackert to third and Tyler Griffin drilled a RBI single into right field to plate Mackert for the early 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back singles with one out by EJ Stoltzfus and DJ Long gave Delaware runners at first and second and fielder's choice to second by Nick Ferdinand put the runners at the corners with two away. A passed ball by Joe Jackson on a 2-0 pitch moved the runners up 90 feet, scoring Stoltzfus from third and knotting the game at 1-1.
A pair of wild pitches by Bulldog starter Austin Pritcher contributed to a single run for the Blue Hens in the sixth. Ferdinand led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A ground out to second by Alex Maruri moved Ferdinand to third and he scored when a 1-0 pitch by Pritcher hit the dirt and bounced to the backstop.
The Citadel pushed a run across in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2. DeKerlegand and Griffin led off with back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second. After Hughston Armstrong struck out, Bailey Rush reached on a fielder's choice to first that moved DeKerlegand to third. Calvin Orth followed with a RBI single that fell over the head of the Delaware leftfielder that scored DeKerlegand to tie the game.
The Bulldogs mounted a rally in the ninth, putting runners at second and third with two outs, but Mason Davis flied out to right to end the threat.
Joe Jackson, DeKerlegand and Griffin each had two hits for the Bulldogs. White took the loss, allowing one run in 1/3 of an inning. Pritcher allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings with three strikeouts.