Bucs Blanked by Bulldogs March 20, 2012
by CSU Sports Information
|Photo by Tim Andrews|
CHARLESTON, S.C. – A four-run inning gave The Citadel Bulldogs a late 4-0 lead that Charleston Southern couldn’t work its way back from as the Buccaneers (7-15) took the loss to their cross-town foes on Tuesday evening at Riley Park in Charleston.
Bobby Ison (1-for-3) pushed his hitting streak to eight-games, collecting one of just three CSU hits off of the Bulldogs’ pitching staff. Walt Quattlebaum (1-for-1) and Denis Buckley (1-for-1) each recorded a late hit as pinch-hitters.
Kevin Buran (0-3) took the loss for the Bucs, giving up two runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Zach Hagaman threw just under an inning in relief, giving up two runs on two hits before being replaced by Brennan Dorsett in the bottom of the eighth.
The Bulldogs put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a late lead. Bo Thompson singled through the right side to start things off and advanced on a sac bunt. Hughston Armstrong drove him home to break the tie and put The Citadel up 1-0. Mason Davis then slammed a triple down the right field line to drive home Armstrong and Calvin Orth before Davis scored on a wild pitch to give the Bulldogs the 4-0 advantage.
The Bucs had the opportunity to make a comeback in the top of the eighth, as Citadel pitcher TJ Clarkson hit Blake Hunt before walking both Harrison Wilkins and Ison to load the bases. Clarkson was able to work his way out of the jam as Alex Tomasovich flied out to left field to end the inning.
Another opportunity arose in the top of the ninth, as pinch hitters Buckley and Quattlebaum had back to back singles with singles. However, Drew Woodall would strike out swinging to end the game as the Bucs took the 4-0 loss.
Four Bulldog pitchers combined to hold the Bucs without a run, with Clarkson (1-1) picking up the win by going two innings with a strikeout and two walks. Brett Tompkins got the start, going four innings without giving up a hit before being replaced by James Reeves.
The Buccaneers will continue with the cross-town rivalries, hosting the College of Charleston in a 3 p.m. match up at CSU Ballpark on Wednesday. The game will be sponsored Qdoba. Related Item: Box Score