Bucs fall in Sunday finale as Bulldogs rally in the ninth

Bucs fall in Sunday finale as Bulldogs rally in the ninth

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.

Up Next

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+.