Citadel Rally Falls Just Short in Loss to No. 29 Oklahoma at UCF Baseball Tournament

3rd Baseman Calvin Orth takes a swing

3rd Baseman Calvin Orth takes a swing

from: Citadelsports.com

Orlando, Fla. – Oklahoma scored nine unanswered runs following a lengthy rain delay after the second inning to erase an early 3-0 deficit, and the Sooners went on to post a 9-7 victory over The Citadel on the opening day of the UCF Tournament at Jay Bergman Field.

Hughston Armstrong had three hits and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs (2-3) and Ryan Kilgallen added two hits, including his first career double in the sixth. But as in its loss to USC Upstate on Tuesday, The Citadel was unable to capitalize on opportunities for the big inning early in the game. Mason Davis and Calvin Orth also had two hits with Davis knocking in a pair of runs.
Oklahoma (5-1) entered the game ranked No. 29 in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The contest was the first ever between the two schools and featured a pair of rain delays that totaled nearly three hours. The Bulldogs were down 9-3 after the second stoppage but scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings and had the potential tying runs on base before Ralph Garza retired Armstrong on a grounder to second to end the game.

A single by Armstrong and hit by pitches taken by Bo Thompson and Tyler Griffin loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first. Orth’s grounder to third was misplayed by Kolbey Carpenter to allow a run to score, but Oklahoma starter Jacob Evans was able to get the next two outs to leave the bases loaded. A leadoff single by Kilgallen and double by Jason Smith put Bulldogs on second and third and nobody out in the second. Davis drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Armstrong dropped a double just inside the line in left to drive in Smith. Griffin then grounded into a double play to end the inning and keep it just a three-run game.

Armstrong added a bunt single in the fifth to extend his streak of consecutive plate appearances reaching base to 11, including nine hits and two walks, dating back to the West Virginia game on Sunday. That run ended in the sixth when the senior center fielder grounded out to second. Starter Logan Cribb faced only six batters over the first two innings but wasn’t as effective following the 1:21 delay. He allowed a home run on the first pitch back to Mac James in the third, and a walk and two singles were followed by a long sacrifice fly to left to bring the Sooners within 3-2.

Oklahoma scored twice more on three hits against Cribb in the fifth to end the left hander’s day on the short end of a 4-3 score. Cribb gave up six hits and four runs with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings and took the loss in his first decision of the season. The Bulldogs wasted a chance to tie or retake the lead in their half of the fifth. Armstrong reached on a bunt single and Thompson was hit by a pitch for the third time in the game. However, with one out Armstrong tried to advance to third on a short wild pitch and was thrown out, costing The Citadel a run when Orth singled.

A walk to Drew DeKerlegand loaded the bases, but Kyle Hayes came in and got Johnathan Stokes to fly out to right to end the threat. The Bulldogs, who left 10 runners on base in Tuesday’s loss to Upstate, stranded 13 against the Sooners. Thompson’s three hit by pitches fell one shy of equaling the school record set on March 29, 2003 when Brook Dantzler was plunked four times against College of Charleston. The Sooners added a pair of sacrifice flies in the sixth, another run in the seventh and a two-run double off the bat of Craig Aikin in the eighth to build a 9-3 lead before the game entered another rain delay, this one lasting 1:35.

The Citadel takes on Ohio State in its second game of the tournament Saturday at noon followed by a game with the host Knights Sunday at 2 p.

Oklahoma (5-1) 9 12 2

The Citadel (2-3) 7 11 0
@ Orlando, Fla. | UCF Baseball Complex

Pitching
Win: Hayes, Kyle (1-0) – Oklahoma
Loss: Logan Cribb (0-1) – The Citadel
Save: Garza, Jr., Ralph (1) – Oklahoma

Oklahoma Batting
2B: Aikin, Craig; Haley, Hunter; James, Mac
3B: none
HR: James, Mac

The Citadel Batting
2B: Hughston Armstrong; Ryan Kilgallen; Jason Smith
3B: none
HR: none

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