Calvin Orth leads the Citadel to their 8th straight victory
Charleston, S.C. - Calvin Orth established a career high with four hits and drove in runs with a triple and double in his first two at bats, powering The Citadel to its eighth-straight win, an 8-5 victory over Charleston Southern on Tuesday at Riley Park.
Freshman right hander Austin Livingston worked a season-high five innings, allowing five hits and two runs with five strikeouts to win for the fourth time in as many decisions. Skylar Hunter allowed one hit and struck out one in the ninth for his 11th save and third in the last four games.
The Citadel (25-17) is working on its longest winning streak since taking 13 straight near the end of the 2010 campaign. The Bulldogs will look to build on their recent run of success this weekend when they return to Southern Conference play with a three-game series at Furman.
Charleston Southern dropped to 17-24 and has lost nine in a row at Riley Park. The Citadel has won two of three matchups with the Bucs this season and the teams play for the final time on May 14 at CSU Ballpark.
Charleston Southern cut a 7-1 deficit down to 7-5 before the Bulldogs added an insurance run in the eighth on Johnathan Stokes' second sacrifice fly of the game. Hunter gave up a two-out single to Alex Tomasovich before retiring Chase Shelton on a grounder to second to wrap up the win.
Orth topped his previous career best of three hits and moved his hitting streak to six in the second inning when he tripled into the right field corner to score Drew DeKerlegand. Stokes followed with an RBI single that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
Joe Jackson and Bo Thompson walked to start the third, and Orth knocked in Jackson with a double to center. Stokes also drove in his second run of the game when his sacrifice fly plated Thompson to build The Citadel cushion to 5-0. Orth added two singles, raising his batting average from .278 to .299, but was intentionally walked in the eighth in his last chance to hit for the cycle.
Thompson had a single later in the game and has reached base in 41 consecutive games. The sophomore started at first base for the first time since injuring his ankle against VCU on March 2 with Orth moving to third.
Mason Davis had a pair of singles to set a new career best with a 12-game hitting streak. Jackson served as the designated hitter, only the second time this season he has not been in the starting lineup at catcher, with Ryan Kilgallen making his first appearance of the season. Jackson did take over behind the plate for the final three innings.
Charleston Southern broke through for a run in the fifth on a double by Robbie Streett and single by John Faircloth, but the Bulldogs answered in their half of the frame on a two-run single by Brett Bullard. After the Bucs scored four in the sixth, the bullpen trio of Ross White, David Rivera and Hunter pitched two-hit shutout ball the rest of the way.