Johnson City, Tenn. -- The Citadels Philip Hartig became the all-time Southern Conference leader in runs batted in (255) with two in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs used four runs in the top of the ninth to capture a 9-6 win in game one and pounded the Bucs, 18-0, in the nightcap.
The star of the first game for the visitors was Stuart Jordan who went 3-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Hartig and Jason Randall both went 2-4 in the contest. In the second game, the Citadel took advantage of eight ETSU errors in a lopsided victory. Bulldog starter Eric Talbert hurled 7.0 innings, allowing just four hits.
In the series opener, the Citadel strung together three doubles to begin the second inning, taking a 2-0 lead. Hartig started the rally and was followed by two-baggers from Jordan and Randall. The Bulldogs added two more in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Hudson Belk scored the first run and Dallas McPherson crossed the plate on a Jordan single.
After two outs in the fourth, ETSU sophomore Chad Boruff belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, that cut the lead to 4-2. In the sixth, Boruff blasted another shot to right field, stroking a double off the wall. He stood on second with Nathan Copeland on third and one out. Ryan Hyder lifted a sacrifice fly to center and tightened the score at 4-3. With two outs, Bulldog rightfielder Stuart Jordan made an acrobatic catch on the hill in right field to rob the Bucs of a chance to knot the score.
The Citadel threatened in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out. Buc starter Reid Casey struckout Hartig and forced Jordan into a groundout to end the inning and keep the score at 4-3. The offense carried the momentum into the bottom of the seventh with two runs to takethe lead. Andy Baxter knocked in the tying run and later scored on a double from Copeland that was roped off the scoreboard in leftfield. The Bucs took a two-run lead, 6-4, when Hyder walked with the bases loaded.
Casey recorded the first out in the ninth before walking the next two batters. Jordan hit a three-run bomb over the right center wall to give the visitors an 8-6 lead. Randall then tripled and scored on a single by David Griffin to complete the scoring of the first game.
In the second game, the Citadel opened with one run in each of the first two innings. Leadoff hitter Andy Phillips walked and scored in the first while Randall singled and scored in the second. A two-run fourth gave the visitors a 4-0 lead. Randall doubled and scored his second run of the game while Griffin scored the second after reaching on an error.
The Bulldogs added three more in the sixth. Back-to-back doubles from Daryl Byrd and McPherson followed by a single from Hartig, accounted for the runs. The lead grew to 9-0 with two more runs in the seventh. Griffin singled and scored and Brook Dantzler walked and scored. The Citadel erupted for nine runs on five hits in the ninth.
ETSU and The Citadel will complete their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.