May 15, 2005
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jon Aughey's run scoring single in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and sparked The Citadel to a three-run rally en route to a 5-2 win over Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Sunday at Furman Stadium.
With the win The Citadel (21-31, 12-15 SoCon) completed the three game series sweep of Furman (23-26, 10-16) and solidified its hold on eighth place in the league standings, a game and a half ahead of Furman for the final spot in the Southern Conference Tournament, which gets underway May 25 at Charleston's Joseph P. Riley Park.
The Bulldogs, winners of five of their last six league games, will wrap up their SoCon schedule next weekend with a three-game home series against Georgia Southern. The Paladins, meanwhile, will play a three-game set at Davidson beginning on Friday.
The Citadel's decisive eighth inning opened with an error on Paladin second baseman Joe Daysh, allowing Matt Covington to reach first base. Chris Ard singled, and Josh Stackley reached on sacrifice bunt following indecision in the field by Paladin starting pitcher Ryan Hodinka. Aughey then followed with a single up the middle to score Covington. Matt Matulia and Chris Swauger delivered back-to-back sacrifice flies off Paladin reliever Patrick Arnett to score Ard and Stackley for a 5-2 lead.
Evan Burgess worked the final two innings to record his first save of the season.
Stephen Williams (2-1) earned the victory for The Citadel after pitching 1 2/3 innings in relief, allowing one hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Hodinka (6-5) absorbed the loss after surrendering only two earned runs and four hits in seven innings of work. Furman pitchers limited The Citadel to only four hits, but the Paladins' committed four errors in the contest, leading to three unearned runs.
For the third consecutive game The Citadel jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first inning. Ard reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and came home on a Stackley double.
Furman took its first lead of the series with two runs in the fourth. Andrew Greene drew a leadoff walk, and Case Cassedy followed with a single to center. Sam McLain then drilled a double off the right field fence to score Greene, and Matthew Bestill plated Cassedy with a sacrifice fly.
It remained 2-1 until the sixth when The Citadel took advantage of two errors to tie the game. With one out Stackley singled to deep short and advanced to second on A.J. Davidiuk's high throw to first base. With two outs, Matt Matulia dribbled a top roller to the third base side of the pitcher's mound, but Hodinka's throw sailed high off Cassedy's glove at first base, allowing Stackley to score the game tying run.
The sweep marked The Citadel's first of the season in Southern Conference play.