Five-run third carries The Citadel to series sweep over ETSU
Five-run third carries The Citadel to series sweep over ETSU
Sunday, May 10, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 10, 2015) – Stephen Windham tied the game at one with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second, while The Citadel used a five-run third to gain momentum and cap off the series sweep over ETSU as the Bulldogs defeated the Blue and Gold, 15-5, on Sunday afternoon at Riley Park. 

Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) extended his streak of reaching base to 26 straight games, while Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) has accomplished the feat in 24 consecutive contests. Taylor reached via two walks and scored two runs for the Buccaneers, while Sanford kept his streak alive with a leadoff single in the seventh. Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.) had two of ETSU’s five hits, marking his fifth multi-hit game of the season. 

Freshman right-hander Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.), who picked up his first SoCon win last Sunday at Furman, was dealt the loss (2-5) after allowing seven runs on seven hits, while striking out four and walking two in 4.1 innings of work. Thomas Byelick, a freshman righty, earned the win (2-3) as he issued three runs (two earned) on two hits in 5.1 innings. 

Following the setback, ETSU dipped to 19-32, 6-15 in SoCon play, while the Bulldogs, who have won five of its last six, moved to 23-26, 8-13. 

The Bucs took advantage of two Bulldog miscues to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Taylor led off the game with a five-pitch walk, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt and later scored on a fielding error by shortstop Johnathan Stokes. 

However, like they did all weekend, The Citadel turned to the long ball to tie up the contest at one in the second inning, while plating five runs in the third to go ahead, 6-1. Windham belted the Bulldogs’ ninth homer of the series to lead off the second inning, while a two-out bases clearing triple from Drew Ellis sparked the Citadel’s charge in the third as Taylor lost the ball in the sun on a pop fly to  center, resulting in his first collegiate three-bagger. 

ETSU pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth as Bailey – who led off with a double – scored on Taylor’s RBI ground out to short, while Cook walked and came home on York’s RBI single to right-center. 

After pulling within four of the Bulldogs (7-3), the Bucs allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth, extending The Citadel’s lead to, 10-3. Stokes recorded an RBI double off the glove of Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) at first and later scored on Connor Walsh’s two-RBI single to center. 

The Blue and Gold took advantage of a two-out throwing error by third baseman William Kinney in the bottom of the eighth, allowing Taylor and Phillips to score, but the Bulldogs scored five runs on six hits – highlighted by senior pinch-hitter Bailey Rush’s three-run homer to center, putting The Citadel ahead, 15-5. 

As a team, the Bulldogs pounded out 18 hits, while Austin Mapes and Stokes both finished with three hits each. Connor Walsh, Ellis and Rush all totaled three RBI in the 10-run victory. 

The Bucs wrap up their four-game road swing on Tuesday night at Appalachian State. Game time is set for 6 p.m. 

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