Clutch Hits by Walsh, Windham Rally The Citadel

The Citadel Gets Comeback Win Over Lafayette

CHARLESTON, SC - Connor Walsh and Stephen Windham both drove in two runs in a five-run sixth, rallying The Citadel from a 3-1 deficit and an eventual 7-4 victory over Lafayette to clinch the weekend series.

The Bulldogs have won four in a row to improve to 9-7 while Lafayette dropped to 1-5. The Citadel will go for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game that can be seen on the SoCon Digital Network.

The Citadel trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth and had two on with two outs when Johnathan Stokes hit a sinking liner to center that a charging Drew Aherne was unable to corral, bringing in the first run of the inning.

A hit batter loaded the bases, and Walsh followed with a ground single up the middle to bring home the tie and lead runs to increase his season RBI total to a team-leading 18. Windham went opposite field for a double to right knocking in two more to give the Bulldogs a 6-3 advantage.

James Reeves overcame a slow start to earn his third win without a loss this season. He went the first seven innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, walked one and struck out eight. The redshirt junior southpaw gave up a run in the first and three hits and two runs in the fourth that put the Leopards ahead 3-1.

Reeves allowed only two hits over the next three innings before yielding to the bullpen. In 25 innings this spring, Reeves has struck out 36 batters and walked only two and has fanned at least eight batters in three of his four starts. Reeves is the winningest active pitcher in the SoCon with 15.

Zach Sherrill and Ross White combined to retire the side in the eighth, with White needing only two pitches to get out of a two-on situation and limit the Leopards to one run in the inning.

Skylar Hunter came on for the ninth and allowed a walk while striking out two to pick up his seventh save of the year. The junior closer has saved all four games of The Citadel's current winning streak and has 35 in his career, now only two behind the all-time SoCon record held by Elon's Thomas Girdwood.