March 20, 2004
Charleston, S.C. - For the second time in as many days, Citadel right fielder Josh Stackley hit a three-run home run to lead the Bulldogs (10-8, 4-1) to a 6-3 victory over Western Carolina (9-12, 0-5) Saturday afternoon at Riley Park.
As they did last night, the Bulldogs got on the board with one run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Chris Ard walked on four pitches and Stackley reached on an infield single. Cleanup hitter Chip Cannon followed with a single to right field, loading the bases. Justin Altman came through with a fielder's choice RBI, plating Ard.
The Catamounts tied the game at 1-1 and broke a 27.2-inning, SoCon scoreless streak in the top of the fifth when Chad McKown lifted a pitch over the right field fence for his sixth home run of the year.
New WCU pitcher Eryk McConnell entered the game in the bottom of the fifth and gave up a single to Matt Covington and a double to Ard. Stackley then cleared the bases with a three-run home run and making the score 4-1.
The Citadel made the score 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Jon Aughey started the frame with a walk and moved to second on a single by Will Coker. After a wild pitch and an out, Covington brought home Aughey with a sacrifice fly to center.
In the top of the seventh, Todd Roper had a two out single and moved to second when Brian Simon walked. Chris Davis followed with a single up the middle to drive in Roper. The Cats then trimmed their deficit to two (5-3) as a double down the left field line by Denver Edick scored Sigmon. New Bulldog pitcher Zach Brown came in to walk Jared Greenwood and load the bases. However, Brown struck out Alex Gary looking to end the threat.
The Bulldogs padded its advantage with a run in the bottom of the eighth, making the score 6-3. Coker came through with a one-out single and, after a ground out, Covington walked. Ard followed with an RBI single to right center, plating Coker and putting runner on first and third. New WCU pitcher Luke Miller came in to get Stackley to foul out and end the threat.
The Catamounts also threatened in the ninth. Davis had a one-out single and moved to third one batter later on a double by Edick. However, Shannon Sprouse got his second save of the season by getting a pop out and a strike out.
Bulldog starter Ken Egelton improved to 3-1 on the season, pitching 6.2 innings. He allowed nine hits and three runs with three walks and four strikeouts.
For Western, who left 12 runners on base, Edick led the way with three this, while David and McKown each had two hits. McConnell suffered the loss, falling to 2-2. He pitched 1.0 inning, allowing three hits and four runs with a walk and a strike out. Brian McCullen pitched the first four innings for the Cats and pitched well in his first career start. He allowed four hits and one run with two walks and two strike outs.
Western Carolina and The Citadel will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 pm.