The Citadel Defeats Old Dominion, 6-2
By ODU Athletics
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sophomore left-hander Eric Talbert pitched six innings allowing only one earned run, while striking out seven to lead The Citadel past Old Dominion, 6-2, in game number six of the Berkeley Electric Cooperative Shootout, in Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, on Saturday evening.
Old Dominion (0-2) jumped on the Bulldogs in the top of the first when junior designated hitter David Vilardi scored on a fielder's choice to put the Monarchs ahead 1-0. Old Dominion posted one more run in the third when sophomore centerfielder Brent Sollenberger doubled in his second RBI of the game.
The Citadel (2-3) responded in a hurry in the bottom of the first as junior designated hitter Dallas McPherson drilled a solo home run over the left field scoreboard. The Bulldogs added another in the fifth, when senior first baseman Philip Hartig drove in sophomore centerfielder Andy Phillips to tie the game at two. McPherson, then responded with two more RBI in the seventh as he doubled home senior left fielder Daryl Byrd and Phillips to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Junior reliever John Pollock picked up his first collegiate win, while hurling 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Old Dominion reliever Parker Friske took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season. Junior reliever Randy Corn picked up his second save in as many days, while going 1.1 innings and striking out three to shut down the Monarchs.
Old Dominion returns tomorrow afternoon to take on the University of South Carolina at 1:30 pm, while The Bulldogs take on the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth at 5 pm.