CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel's Austin Pritcher combined with three relievers to limit Columbia to one run on three hits as the Bulldogs defeated Columbia 4-1 in the Lions' season opener.
The Bulldogs struck first after a leadoff single and a double by the first two batters of the game. Columbia starter Pat Lowery got the next batter on a popup but Justin Mackert's sacrifice fly plated Mason Davis with the first run of the game.
In the top of the second, Columbia came right back. Alexander Aurrichio ripped the first pitch he saw down the right field line for a leadoff triple and came home to score on an RBI groundout by Eric Williams to make it a 1-1 game.
The Citadel went back in front 2-1 in the third when Mackert ripped a two-out triple to score Joe Jackson with the go-ahead run.
The Bulldogs pushed across single runs in the fourth and the seventh innings without the benefit of a base hit as two batters scored after reaching on a leadoff walk.
Lowery pitched a solid six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Lowery also notched four strikeouts.
The Citadel's Austin Pritcher earned the victory, allowing a run on two hits in six innings. Zach Sherrill worked around two walks in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
After a day off on Friday due to a scheduling conflict at the Citadel's home field, the Lions and Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday, March 3 for a doubleheader beginning at noon.
Neither team made an error during the game ... Columbia drew eight walks ... Zack Tax struck out two batters in a hitless inning of work ... David Speer allowed a run but no hits in his inning of work ... Aurrichio's triple was the fourth of his career ... four newcomers - Gus Craig, Robb Paller, Jordan Serena and David Vandercook - made their collegiate debuts for Columbia ... the Lions and Bulldogs previously met during the 2007 season.