April 15, 2011

Errors Unravel The Citadel Late in 12-3 Loss at Furman

Greenville, S.C. – The Citadel committed a season-high seven errors on Friday as Furman capitalized on Bulldog miscues to break open a close game late on an evening where the wind gusted over 40 miles per hour at Latham Stadium, 12-3.

The Bulldogs gave up just two earned runs in the game, but committed seven errors in the final four innings, allowing Furman (18-18, 8-7) to score nine runs to break the game open. The win for the Paladins snaps a nine-game losing streak to The Citadel (13-21, 7-12) and gives Furman their largest win over the Bulldogs since an 11-1 victory in 2000.

Furman got on the board in the bottom of the first off Bulldog starter Matt Talley (Sumter, S.C.) when leadoff man Hunter Burton reached on a base hit and moved to second on a base hit by Aaron Thompkins. A two-run triple by Taylor Johnson scored both runners and gave the Paladins a quick 2-0 lead.

The Citadel would knot the game at two in the third when Drew DeKerlegand (Pearland, Texas) and Matt Simonelli (Orlando, Fla.) singled to get aboard on Paladin starter Bobby Lyne. With two outs, Brad Felder (Bowman, S.C.) roped a double into right field to plate Simonelli and DeKerlegand.

Errors then proved to be costly for the Bulldogs as Johnson reached on an error at third. A base hit by Will Miller and a bobble by Mackert at first would allow Johnson to score for Furman to regain the lead, 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Things came completely unraveled for The Citadel in the sixth when J.B. Jenkins reached on an error at first and a base hit and an error by Talley then allowed Burton to reach to put runners on the corners. A sac fly by Thompkins would plate Jenkins and after a walk to Johnson would load the bases. A two-run single by Will Miller would then chase Talley from the game. RBI singles by Alex Abarams and by Will Muzika off TJ Clarkson (Coral Springs, Fla.) would make the score 8-2 for the Paladins.

Lyne (2-2) went 6.0 innings, allowing nine hits, two runs, a walk and struck out three in the win. Talley (2-4) took the loss, allowing 10 hits, eight runs (two earned), two walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. The Bulldogs got a run back in the top of the seventh when Simonelli singled to center to score Orvin off Furman reliever Drake Browne.

Furman would plate four more in the bottom of the eighth in pouring rain and high winds off two more Bulldog errors. Paul Nitto went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the Furman offense while Orvin went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs for The Citadel. Mackert matched a season and career high with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

Game two between The Citadel and Furman is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Latham Stadium. Live stats and audio featuring play-by-play announcer Darren Goldwater calling the action will be available on all new CitadelSports.com.

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