June 4, 2010

Courtesy of CitadelSports.com

Columbia, S.C. - The Citadel extended their winning streak to 13 games as the Bulldogs upset No. 16 Virginia Tech, 7-2, in the first game of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon in front of 5,075 fans at Carolina Stadium.

The victory is the first over a ranked opponent for the Bulldogs this season. The Citadel improves to 43-20 overall while Virginia Tech falls to 38-21. It's the first win in the NCAA Tournament since June 5, 2004 when the Bulldogs cruised past Coastal Carolina, 10-1 in Columbia.

The winning streak for the Bulldogs now sits at 13, which is the longest active streak in the nation.

The Citadel would strike first and plate four in the top of the second off Virginia Tech starter Justin Wright. Bryan Altman (Summerville, S.C.) led off with a double that bounced off the center field wall. Justin Mackert (Cleveland, Ohio) then extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to right to put runners on the corners with no outs. Kyle Jordan (Goose Creek, S.C.) would follow with a sac bunt up the first base line that scored Altman and sent Mackert to second with one out. David Greene (Columbia, S.C.) then launched a two-run homer, his seventh of the season, to right field to make it 3-0.

Grant Richards (Morrisville, N.C.) would draw a four-pitch walk and move to third on a single by William Ladd (Winnsboro, S.C.). Nick Orvin then reached on an error when second baseman Michael Seaborn dropped a pop up in shallow right as Richards came in to score to make it 4-0.

In the bottom of the fourth and the fifth innings, Virginia Tech would threaten against Bulldog starter Matt Talley (Sumter, S.C.) as the Hokies led off with a pair of singles in both innings with no outs, but Talley was able to pitch out of trouble both times.

In the top of the sixth, Mackert led off with a base hit to left and Jordan then reached on a bunt single that rolled up the first base line that stayed fair to put two aboard with no outs. A sac bunt by Greene advanced both runners and Richards followed with a base hit to center that scored Mackert and Jordan to make it 6-0 and knock Wright from the game.

In the seventh, Orvin singled and moved to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a groundout. He would come around to score on base hit up the middle by Altman to make it 7-0 and give the senior second baseman his third hit of the day.

The Hokies were finally able to get to Talley in the bottom of the seventh as Tony Balisteri singled for the third time. Leadoff man Sean Ryan then sent the first pitch from Talley into the bullpen in left center field to cut the lead to 7-2.

Raymond Copenhaver (Apopka, Fla.) came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth and allowed just one hit and one walk in two innings of scoreless relief to close out the win.

Talley went 7.0 innings, allowing eight hits, two runs, no walks and struck out three to improve to 8-3 on the season. Wright took the loss for the Hokies, going 5.1 innings, allowing 10 hits, six runs, one walk and five strikeouts as he fell to 8-5 on the season.

Every Bulldog batter had at least one hit as Altman led the offense going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Greene went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI while Felder and Mackert collected two hits each. For Virginia Tech, Balisteri and Austin Wates each went 3-for-4.

The Citadel will face the winner of Friday night's South Carolina and Bucknell game on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium. A recap and box score will follow shortly after the game. Live stats, video and audo will be available. The game can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1450AM in Charleston with play-by-play announcer Darren Goldwater. Stay current on Bulldog baseball at CitadelSports.com.