The Citadel Rolls Past Furman, 13-5

Bulldogs Crack Four Home Runs In Victory

Furman head coach Ron Smith

Furman head coach Ron Smith

May 18, 2007

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Citadel belted four home runs to overpower Furman 13-5 in Southern Conference baseball action Friday evening in front of 696 fans at Furman Stadium.

Chris Swauger, Sonny Meade, Zach Brown, and Kyle Jordan all went deep to headline an explosive 16-hit Bulldog offensive attack and draw The Citadel (30-24, 12-14 SoCon) even in the three game series, which concludes Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. game. preceded by senior day cermonies.

The win moves the Bulldogs into a sixth place tie with Georgia Southern in the league standings following the Eagles' 8-3 loss to Western Carolina on Friday. A Citadel win on Sunday would guarantee the Bulldogs no worse than a sixth place regular season finish and chance to take fifth if UNC-Greensboro beats Appalachian State on Saturday. The Bulldogs hold both tiebreakers against Georgia Southern and Appalachian State.

The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Furman (18-35, 10-16 SoCon) and assures the Paladins an eighth place regular season finish and likely first round matchup against Davidson, currently in ninth place, in Southern Conference Touranment action, which gets underway Tuesday at Charleston's Joseph P. Riley Park.

Brown, Matt Arnold, Joe Hoerter collected three hits each for the Bulldogs, and Swauger combined with Arnold to drive in three runs each for The Citadel, which broke open a 4-4 game with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run double by Arnold.

Chris McGuiness' pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh inning made it 8-4, and the Bulldogs took total command with a five-run eighth that included a sacrifice fly RBI by Chance Smith, three-run home run to center field by Swauger, and solo shot by Brown, also to center field.

The Bulldogs' heavy lumber helped Matt Crim (6-3) earn the victory after giving up seven hits and four runs, all earned, in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out four.

Jay Jackson (1-4) took the loss for Furman. He yielded five runs, all earned, on five hits and walked three while striking out four. Jackson surrendered a pair of home runs, including a two-run roundtripper to Meade in the third and two-out solo blast by Kyle Jordan in the fifth.

Five Paladins -- Connor Lind, Tony Maccani, Will Stembridge, Paul Ortenzo, and Charlie Bailes -- collected two hits apiece, and Jay Jackson drove in a pair of runs and scored twice to help his own pitching cause.

Furman's bullpen was roughed up for 11 of the Bulldogs' hits over the final four innings.

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