CHARLESTON, S.C. (USC SID) – Despite homers from Brison Celek and DC Arendas as well as seven hits and 10 walks at the plate, sixth ranked South Carolina fell to The Citadel 10-8 on Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.The Gamecocks fall to 28-9 with The Citadel now 15-23 overall.
Kyle Martin went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBI to lead the Gamecocks at the plate.Celek was also 2-for-4 and Arendas reached base five times with a homer, three walks and a hit by pitch.The Citadel belted out 12 hits and benefited from eight walks and three Gamecock errors to score double-digits on South Carolina, just the second time this season the Gamecocks have allowed 10 or more runs.Mason Davis went 3-for-4 with three runs, a homer and a pair of RBI.Tyler Griffin added two hits and three RBI with Drew DeKerlegand also with a homer and two RBI to lead the Bulldogs.
Austin Livingston earned the win for The Citadel and is now 2-4 on the year.He allowed five runs, four earned, on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings of work.Skylar Hunter earned his seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.South Carolina starter Matthew Vogel suffered the loss and is 0-1 for the season.He allowed five runs, four earned on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
The Citadel took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first.Davis led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Griffin’s two-out RBI single up the middle.
Arendas tied the game with a solo homer in the second inning.Arendas jumped on the first pitch he saw with a blast to right field for his fourth homer of the season.
The Gamecocks broke ahead 2-1 in the third inning.Tanner English led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch.After a Gene Cone walk and with one out, English would score as the Gamecocks successfully executed a double steal.
The Bulldogs answered with a four-run frame to take a 5-2 lead.A fielding error by Jordan Gore at second base and Davis’ second hit of the evening opened the bottom of the third for The Citadel.After a sacrifice bunt moved over Davis and Ryan Kilgallen, a walk to Bo Thompson and a walk to Tyler Griffin tied the game and ended the night for Vogel.Left-hander Vince Fiori would walk Drew DeKerlegand on four pitches and would have to come out of the game due to a sprained lat on his left side of his body.Two more runs would then score for The Citadel as a fly ball by pinch hitter Connor Walsh would be lost in the lights and would fall in left-center for a single.
The Citadel made it 6-2 in the fourth inning with Davis driving in Calvin Orth with a sac fly to center field.
South Carolina responded with a three-run fifth inning to cut the deficit to a run.Gene Cone drew a walk on an eight-pitch at bat followed by a walk to Elliott Caldwell on seven pitches.That set the stage for Kyle Martin, who drove a 2-0 pitch into right field for a two-run double.Martin eventually scored on Grayson Greiner’s sac fly to left-center.
The Citadel would get two runs back in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-5.Drew DeKerlegand led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to right field, his second homer of the year to push the Bulldogs’ lead back to two runs.Ryan Kilgallen added a two-out RBI base hit.
Carolina countered in the sixth with two more runs to inch to within one run.Brison Celek opened the frame with a bang with a solo homer to left field, his first homer of the year.Walks to Arendas and Gore followed.After Tanner English’s sacrifice bunt, Arendas would score on a sacrifice fly by Gene Cone.
The Citadel however would score two more in the seventh to go ahead 10-7.Davis hit a solo homer and Griffin added a two-out RBI double.
The Gamecocks would plate a run in the top of the eighth inning benefitting from two Bulldog errors.Gene Cone reached on shortstop Johnathan Stokes’ fielding error and scored on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Bailey Rush.
South Carolina returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at Auburn.First pitch for the opener is 7 p.m. ET on Friday.Saturday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with a first pitch at 5 p.m. ET.Sunday’s series finale is 2 p.m. ET on CSS.All three games can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”