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Winthrop Eagles fall at home to Citadel

The Winthrop baseball team surrendered eight runs in the final three innings of play Tuesday evening as it dropped a 10-3 decision to The Citadel Bulldogs at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The Eagles fell to 12-26 on the season, while the Bulldogs improved to 17-21 overall.

Connor Walsh (1-0) earned the win tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and gave up two hits, one walk and one strikeout. Preston Johnson (1-6) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Johnson’s six strikeouts tie his career-high for the second time this season.

The game was scoreless until the top of the third when Mason Davis gave The Citadel a 2-0 lead on his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, to right field scoring Nick Orvin. Johnson was able to get Johnathan Stokes to fly out and Hughston Armstrong to ground out to start the inning before allowing a single to center field to Orvin.

Winthrop trimmed its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth on Max Vogel’s RBI single to right field, which brought in Patrick Gamblin. Gamblin led off the sixth inning with a single to left field, then stole second base and moved to third on a single to left field by Matt Lobacz.

The Bulldogs broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning to go ahead 7-1. The inning was highlighted by a pinch-hit two RBI double to left field by Tyler Griffin, while Davis and Grant Richards added an RBI each. Armstrong scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch by Eagle reliever Austin Staurt.

The Citadel extended its lead to 10-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth after plating two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Justin Mackert and Grant Richards each had an RBI in the eighth, while Jackson posted an RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Winthrop drove in two runs in its half of the ninth to end the game with a 10-3 score. Chas Crane hit a solo home run, his second of the season, to start the inning and Justin Hopper added an RBI sacrifice fly three batters later.

Patrick Gamblin led the Eagles offensively with three hits, while Hopper, Crane and Vogel had one RBI each. Orvin finished the game with a team-high four hits for the Bulldogs, and Davis added three RBI.

Winthrop will be back in action Wednesday as it travels to Greenville to face Furman at Latham Stadium. First pitch is schedule for 6 p.m.