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Citadel blanks GSU, wins big
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Georgia Southern's Ben Morgan strikes out for out number three in the third inning against The Citadel pitcher Austin Pritcher at J.I. Clements Stadium Friday. Pritcher struck out seven in the Eagles 11-0 loss. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

    Calvin Orth put the icing on the cake with a grand slam in the five-run eigth inning, and The Citadel Bulldogs had no problems with Georgia Southern, steam rolling their way to an 11-0 win Friday at J.I. Clements Stadium.
    Orth (3-for-5) hit two home runs and drove in a career-high five runs for The Citadel (18-17, 7-6 Southern Conference), which racked up its second shutout of the season behind the seven-inning start of righty Austin Pritcher. It was the first road SoCon win for Pritcher.
    Pritcher threw 112 pitches and struck out seven Eagles.
    “They beat us in every phase of the game tonight,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. “Pritcher gave them a strong outing on the mound. They did some good things offensively. Just like you win as a team you lose as a team. This was a total team loss. That responsibility starts with me. I have to do a better job of getting our team ready to play and play at a higher level."
    Georgia Southern (21-12, 10-6) was shut out for the second time in six days.
    The Eagles managed only five hits, to The Citadel's 16.
    Sam Howard (5-4) pitched six innings, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs. He struck out three and walked three.
    The Citadel got things started with a solo homer by Orth in the second inning.
    Another run crossed the plate in the third when Bo Thompson singled to left, and an indecisive moment by Georgia Southern left fielder Zac Lenns and centerfielder Scooter Williams allowed the ball to roll harmlessly between them, and Hughston Armstrong scored unearned.
    The Bulldogs broke it open with a three spot in the fourth.
    Leadoff hitter Mason Davis got it started with a leadoff homer, his first home run of the year, and two more crossed the dish on an RBI single by Johnathan Stokes.
    Bret Hines drove in Drew DeKerlegand with a single in the seventh to put The Citadel ahead, 11-0.
    The second of the three-game series takes place today at 5 p.m.
    Justin Hess will get the start for Georgia Southern.
    "It was a tough night for us but the good thing is we have an opportunity to come back out here (today) and compete and get some momentum back on our side," Hennon said.
NOTES: GSU's Robbie Dodds went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to nine games. ... Georgia Southern athletics handed out sunglasses to al fans in attendance in order to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark of 1,648 people wearing sunglasses at night at the same time. No official confirmation came as to whether or not the record was set, but announced attendance was 1,735. GSU pitcher Clint Taylor, a redshirt freshman, allowed a single in the ninth but got out of the inning unscathed in his first-career appearence.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.