CHARLESTON, S.C. – Thanks to a double down the right field line by Drew Ellis with a runner on first in the 12th inning, The Citadel baseball team downed Charleston Southern 4-3 on Tuesday night inside Joe Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (12-13) held a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth inning but Charleston Southern (11-14) tacked on a run to tie things up and move the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 12th, Bret Hines drew a one-out walk bringing Ellis to the plate. Ellis, who before the at bat had tallied a single and a double, laced a double down the right field line bringing a sprinting Hines all the way home for the game-winning score.
Ellis finished the game three-for-five and Austin Mapes went two-for-four at the plate. Hines collected one hit and scored two runs, including the game winner, in the victory.
The Citadel pitching staff combined for 16 strikeouts including a career-high eight Ks for Philip Watcher who tossed a career-best six innings. Watcher allowed seven hits and surrendered just two runs. Zach Lavery also pitched a career-high four innings and struck out five en route to his second win of the season. CSU used seven pitchers in the contest.
The Bulldogs will now travel to Conway, South Carolina, to face Coastal Carolina on Wednesday. Live stats and video will be available at CitadelSports.com for the 6 p.m. game.