BrettTompkins turned in the best outing of his Bulldog career, allowing only twohits and one run in a career-long six innings to lift The Citadel to a 4-3 winover Rhode Island Tuesday evening at Riley Park.
TheBulldogs (3-5) snapped a five-game losing streak in the opener of an eight-gamehomestand. The Citadel hosts Charlotte on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before Nebraskavisits Riley Park for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Inthe eighth start and second victory of his career, Tompkins threw only 67pitches with 48 strikes to get through his six innings. The Rams reached himfor a pair of one-out singles in the second and scored their lone run againsthim on an RBI ground out by TJ Lynch.
Onlythree Rhode Island batters reached over Tompkins' final four innings includinga leadoff walk in the sixth. But the junior right hander proceeded to get apair of infield pop ups to second and a fly out to center to finish his nightwith The Citadel in front 4-1.
Thesix innings bettered by one his longest previous mound stint of five hurledagainst North Florida on May 1, 2012.
DavidRivera worked a perfect seventh before the Rams scored a pair of runs off ZachSherrill in the eighth on two walks and a two-run double to left center byPat Quinn on which HughstonArmstrong just missed making a running catch on the warning track.
CloserSkylarHunter ran into some trouble in the ninth, allowing a two-out double and awalk, before striking out pinch hitter Chase Livingston to finish off hissecond save of the season and 15th of his career.
TheCitadel stranded five runners in the first two innings against Rhode Islandstarter Milan Mantle before taking the lead with two runs in the third. After CalvinOrth doubled for his first extra base hit of the season and BoThompson walked, DrewDeKerlegand drove in the tying run when his single plated Orth.
JohnathanStokes followed with another hit to load the bases, and BaileyRush gave the Bulldogs a lead they would never relinquish on a sacrificefly to left. MasonDavis doubled and scored on a Griffin single in the fourth, and an inninglater Stokes doubled and came across on a single by Rush.
Davis,Stokes and DeKerlegand each had two hits, and Davis swiped three bases, one shyof his career high set against Davidson during his freshman season in 2012. TheBulldogs had a total of five stolen bases on the night, including one byThompson, the third of his career.