Luke Leftwich blanked The Citadel on three hits over eight innings and the Wofford offense produced 12 hits in a 11-1 victory in the rubber game of a Southern Conference series Sunday at Riley Park.
The Terriers (25-23, 7-13 SoCon) won a series from the Bulldogs (19-28, 5-18) for only the second time in 17 tries since joining the SoCon in 1998. The eight shutout innings by Leftwich capped a 19-inning scoreless streak by Wofford pitching that included a 1-0, 10-inning win Saturday.
Bret Hines singled in a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan to avoid consecutive shutout losses for the first time since April 10 and 12, 2002.
Leftwich retired the first 11 batters before allowing consecutive singles to Bo Thompson and Tyler Griffin with two outs in the fourth. The only other Bulldog hit off the Terrier right hander was a two-out single by Hughston Armstrong in the eighth.
Leftwich, who eclipsed his previous season-long outing of 7.2 innings, walked three and struck out four in raising his record to 4-5. Austin Livingston started for The Citadel and surrendered six hits and three runs (two earned) in four innings to drop to 2-6 on the year.
Wofford scored a run in the third and added two in the fourth for the only runs it would need. The Terriers broke it open with four in the sixth and added two-run frames in the seventh and ninth. Seth Neely drove in three runs for Wofford, and Conor Clancey scored three times.
The Citadel plays at Charleston Southern Tuesday at 6 p.m. before taking on UNC Wilmington in a three-game set. The Bulldogs and Seahawks play at Riley Park Thursday and Friday and at Wilmington Sunday.