Monday, June 4, 1990
A stopgap lineup sprung some leaks Monday, but held up well enough to keep The Citadel alive in the College World Series.
The Bulldogs overcame seven errors to beat Cal State Fullerton 8-7 in 12 innings at Rosenblatt Stadium.
"That was a great game," The Citadel Coach Chal Port said. "It wasn't great baseball, but it was a great spectator game."
The Citadel, seeded seventh, eliminated sixth-seeded Fullerton State to stay alive at 1-1 in its double-elimination bracket.
Did Port's team get mistakes out of its system?
"Probably not," he said. "We just play through those."
Three times Port's team took the lead in Monday's game, only to see the Titans tie it or move ahead.
Junior third baseman Tony Skole put the Bulldogs ahead twice in extra innings, the second time for good. His single in the 12th scored Anthony Jenkins with the winning run.
"There was more pressure the second time," Skole said, "because of the intentional walk to get to me."
Jenkins had reached base with a leadoff single. After Chris Coker grounded out, Jenkins moved to second on a wild pitch. Losing pitcher Chris Robinson then walked Billy Baker intentionally to get to Skole.
Baker had blasted a home run in the seventh inning to trim Fullerton State's lead to 4-2.
Baker probably will pitch for The Citadel tonight, when it faces LSU at 7:10. Against Fullerton State, he played right field and first base.
He was one of several Bulldogs to switch positions during the game. Port also moved Gettys Glaze from catcher to relief pitcher and Coker from first base to shortstop.
"We're limited," Port said. "We have to move men around."
Port is even more limited than usual. Because starting shortstop Phillip Tobin dislocated a shoulder in Saturday's 8-2 loss to LSU, Port gave sophomore Scott Elvington his first start ever at the position. Elvington made two errors before being lifted for a pinch hitter.
"Isn't that something - to make your first start in the College World Series?" Port said.
During Glaze's 3 1/3 innings on the mound, Port put Billy Hutto at catcher. And Hutto has a stress fracture in his leg.
"I can only use Hutto for short periods," Port said.
Glaze bailed the Bulldogs out in the ninth inning. He struck out two with two runners aboard to send the game into extra innings.
But he gave up a one-out double to Phil Nevin that tied the game again in the bottom of the 10th. So Port sent him back to catcher and brought in sophomore left-hander Hank Kraft.
Kraft got the Bulldogs out of another jam. Taking over with two runners aboard and one out, he struck out Fullerton State's No. 3 hitter, Matt Hattabaugh, and got cleanup man Frank Charles to hit into an inning-ending force play.
"We had the situation we wanted," Fullerton State Coach Larry Cochell said. "It just didn't break for us."
Cochell's team looked to be in trouble in the eighth inning. Jason Rychlick's two-run single had capped a three-run inning and put The Citadel ahead 6-4.
But Fullerton State got a break and tied it in the bottom half of the inning. The Citadel second baseman Dan McDonnell failed to cover the bag on a delayed double steal, and Hutto's throw went into center field. That let one run in. Another scored on Domingo Mota's single.