CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 20, 2003) — The Citadel scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in a 5-4 win over East Tennessee State in Southern Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon from Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.
The Citadel (22-17, 12-6 SoCon) got on the board with a run in the first as Chip Cannon doubled in Brook Dantzler from first to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. The Dogs added another run on Josh Stackley's solo homer to left in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Stackley blast to left was his fourth homerun of the season.
In the sixth, Dantzler singled up the middle driving in Jon Aughey to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Aughey, who led off the inning with a base on balls and advanced into scoring position on a ball-four wild pitch, moved to third on Matt Matulia's sacrifice bunt.
East Tennessee State (11-24, 7-13 SoCon) tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh on a RBI double by senior first baseman Chad Boruff (Knoxville, Tenn.) and a two-run single up the middle by sophomore catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.). Junior left fielder Bo Calloway (Knoxville, Tenn.), who reached on an error, scored on the Boruff double, while Boruff and freshman right fielder Jordan Abromovitz (South Park, Pa.) were plated on the Moore single.
The Bulldogs retook the lead, 4-3, in the bottom half of the seventh as Matulia singled in Trent Weathers on a bloop hit down the left field line. Weathers scored from second on the play after reaching on a fielder's choice and advancing to second on a wild pitch.
However, the Bucs responded with a run of their own in the top of the eight to knot the game at four runs apiece. After singling to left, Calloway advanced to second on an error on Citadel third baseman Chris Ard and later scored on Ard's second error of the inning that tied the score at 4-4.
After a scoreless ninth pitched by Citadel closer Shannon Sprouse, Stackley led off with a triple to left that was inched short of being the game winning homerun. Following Weathers' grounded out to the pitcher; Aughey forced a wild pitch that allowed Stackley to score the game-winning run.
Sprouse (5-2) did not allow a base runner in then ninth to earn his fifth win of the season, while senior reliever Willie McKenzie (Kingsport, Tenn.) took the loss (0-2) as he threw the wild pitch that scored Stackley from third. ETSU junior starter Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) struck out nine batters in 6.2 innings, while Bulldog starter Chip Cannon struck out seven in 6.1 innings of work.
The Buccaneers return to the diamond on Tuesday night as they host Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. The following evening, ETSU travels to No. 15 Clemson for a 7:15 game from Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C.