March 23, 2008

The Citadel Downs Furman In Series Finale, 5-2

March 23, 2008

Final Stats

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chris Swauger went 5-for-5 with a home run and two doubles to lead The Citadel to a 5-2 win over Furman in Sunday's three-game series finale at Joseph P. Riley Park.

Swauger, who also scored three runs, doubled and scored in both the first and fifth innings and capped his performance with a solo home run in the ninth to give The Citadel (14-7, 3-3 SoCon) the series win over Furman (11-8, 1-2 SoCon), two games to one.

Asher Wojciechowski (3-0) earned the victory after limiting Furman to only two hits and a run over seven innings. The freshman right-hander struck out five and walked four.

Matt Reifsnider pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save, his fifth of the season.

Will Feemster (0-1), making his first start of the season, absorbed to loss after working 4 2/3 innings and allowing eight hits, four runs, and a walk while striking out one.

Bryan Altman, Richard Jones, and Sid Fallaw each collected a pair of hits to account for the Bulldogs' other six hits.

Matt Hemingway had two of Furman's four hits.

Furman took a 1-0 lead in the first after Marcus Rose walked and later scored on a Bobby Hubbard single to left field. After loading the bases, the Paladins' bid for a big inning fizzled when Bulldog shortstop Kyle Jordan speared a sharp line drive off the bat of Ryan Lee and stepped on second base to complete the inning ending double play.

The Citadel knotted the game in the bottom of the first after Swauger led off with a double and later scored on Sonny Meade's sacrifice fly.

It remained 1-1 until the fourth when Citadel's Matt Arnold drew a leadoff walk and crossed the plate on a double play grounder to give The Citadel a 2-1 lead.

The Bulldogs tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth on the strength of three hits, including a double by Swauger.

Swauger finished off the scoring with the series' only home run by either team, a solo shot to right field in the eighth off Paladin relievef Nick Karow.

Furman returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Columbia to take on South Carolina in a 7:00 p.m. game.