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Baseball: Citadel pounds USC

CHARLESTON — Bryan Altman went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and his fourth home run of the season, and Drew Mahaffey shut down South Carolina in the final three innings as The Citadel beat the Gamecocks 12-5 on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (15-9) won their sixth consecutive game and scored 12 runs on the Gamecocks for the first time since 1993.

The Citadel scored 12 runs on 10 hits while capitalizing on three Gamecocks errors.

USC (18-8) scored five runs on nine hits in the game.

Altman’s home run was the first of three runs the Bulldogs scored in the eighth inning, putting the game out of reach for South Carolina. Mahaffey retired all nine batters he faced in his three innings, striking out six, as he collected his fourth save of the season.

“I thought (Matt) Talley did a good job keeping us in the ball game tonight,” Citadel coach Fred Jordan said. “(Drew) Mahaffey came in and stroked it pretty good. I thought we played well, we played good defense and we got some timely hits.”

Matt Talley (4-0) picked up his fourth win in four starts this year, holding USC to three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out five in six innings on the mound. Raymond Copenhaver followed, facing four batters in the seventh inning but failed to get an out as he allowed two runs on three hits.

“We really got outplayed tonight,” USC coach Ray Tanner said. “Talley really made some great pitches when he needed them. When Mahaffey went out there, it was lights out. We didn’t play well enough to win, and you have to give The Citadel credit. They played well tonight, and they have some outstanding pitching.”

Matt Price (1-1) took the loss in his first career start as he allowed four runs on three hits in 2ð innings. Price walked two and struck out two.

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