The Citadel Falls 5-2 to Richmond in Game Six of the Homewood Suites Shootout Presented by Trademark Properties

Staff Report

Freshman Chris Swauger picked up his seventh RBI of the season.

Freshman Chris Swauger picked up his seventh RBI of the season.

Feb. 20, 2005

Box Score

Charleston, SC - The Citadel (3-2) dropped to Richmond (2-1) in a ten inning battle at Joe Riley Park in game six of the Homewood Suites Shootout Sunday afternoon.

The Spiders jumped out on top early as designated hitter Joe White doubled to right field and first baseman Joe Mahoney picked up an RBI single to give Richmond a 1-0 lead in the first.

Sophomore pitcher Rob Berzinskas pitched five hitless innings in his 2005 debut for the Spiders. He faced 24 batters, striking out six and walking five.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the fifth due to a pair of errors. Junior Matt Covington walked to lead off the inning as senior Chris Ard then reached on a catcher's interference. Freshman Chris Swauger picked up his seventh RBI as he grounded out to short to plate Covington. An error by the third baseman Andrew Justice led to another Bulldog run as Ard crossed the dish to make the score 2-1.

The Spiders answered in the sixth when left fielder Andrew Justice singled with one out. Junior Matt Matulia committed a fielding error to allow catcher Alex Hale to go to second and move Justice to third. With two outs, second baseman Drew Poiter picked up his first RBI single and drove Justice home to tie up the score 2-2.

The Spiders and Bulldogs battled to the tenth where Richmond secured a victory with three runs in the top half of the inning. Mahoney led off with a single to the left side and then moved to second on a throwing error by sophomore pitcher Link Saunders, which also allowed Justice to reach first. Third baseman Matt McKenna then got on base with a bunt that refused to go foul to load the bases with no outs. Hale then singled to left field to plate the go ahead run for the Spiders. A double play ball by Poiter gave the Bulldogs two outs, but also allowed Justice to cross the plate and make it 4-2. Shortstop Austin Reilly worked the count for a walk as White came up behind him and plated McKenna on a base hit to second. Right fielder Vince Riggi then struck out swinging to end the top of the tenth.

The Bulldogs got one base runner in the tenth as Matulia drew a walk to lead off. Covington then went down swinging, Ard flew out to right field and senior Josh Stackley struck out to end the game with Richmond winning it 5-2.

Brian Alas picked up his second win of the year for Richmond as Saunders fell to 1-1. Alas (2-0) had five innings of work allowing only three hits and striking out six. Saunders gave up five hits in 3.2 innings, striking out two and walking one. Junior starter Ken Egleton worked for six innings and allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five for the Bulldogs.

Next up, the Bulldogs host the Homewood Suites Shootout presented by The Charleston Crab House at Joe Riley Park next weekend February 25-27. Participants include N.C. State, West Virginia and East Carolina. The Citadel is back in action on Friday, February 25 as they take on N.C. State at 4pm.

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