CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel used three walks and a few wild pitches in the ninth inning to rally and take the Sunday finale and series 4-3 over the Charleston Southern baseball team.
After a handful of great swings and run-scoring opportunities, CSU (5-12) put together a three-run eighth inning capped-off by Kyle Horton's go-ahead, two-run single for a 3-1 lead heading into the ninth inning – but the home Bulldogs (7-8) scored three runs of their own in the ninth without a base hit to stun the Bucs and take the series two games to one.
Senior southpaw Cody Maw took a no-decision after tossing six frames of one-run ball while striking out a pair. The Citadel's Dylan Spence also took a no-decision tossing six shutout innings allowing six hits and three walks while striking out two CSU batters.
The win Sunday gave each home team a win in the weekend series as The Citadel took Friday and Sunday's matchup and CSU taking a 10-5 victory Saturday at CSU Ballpark.
How They Scored
- The Citadel manufactured a run in the third inning as Lane Botkin led off with a single, stole second and scored on back-to-back sacrifice bunts for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
- It stood there until the three-run eighth for CSU began with a Jason Miller single, Max Ryerson two-out single and Josh Litchfield intentional walk.
- A passed ball brought in the Bucs' first run as Miller raced home to tie it at 1-1 before freshman outfielder Kyle Horton delivered the go-ahead two-run single for a 3-1 CSU lead through eight.
- The first three batters in the Bulldog ninth reached via walk and a wild pitch allowed the first run to score bringing it to 3-2.
- A sacrifice fly to center tied the game at 3-3 and allowed the runner at second to move within 90 feet and just one down.
- The second pitch of the next at-bat skipped away in the dirt up the first-base line allowing the winning run to cross home, giving the Bulldogs a shocking three-run rally and 4-3 win.
News and Notes
- Cody Maw delivered yet another quality start for CSU keeping the Bulldogs to just one run across six innings, keeping the Bucs in striking distance.
- Kyle Horton collected his second two-RBI game of his collegiate career with the eighth-inning single.
- Josh Litchfield had another two-hit day, his eighth of the season from the leadoff spot.
- Ryan Stoudemire drew two intentional walks and Litchfield collected another, the three total coming as the most surrendered by an opposing staff in 2019.
CSU returns to CSU Ballpark for a single midweek matchup with another Lowcountry rival in College of Charleston. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.