Citadel took two of three baseball games from Western Carolina in the final series of the regular season at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
The Catamounts (20-30, 8-16) finished eighth in the Southern Conference with Citadel ninth. Those teams were to meet in a conference tournament play-in game at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Greenville, South Carolina. Results were not known at the Herald sports deadline.
The winner will advance into the double-elimination part of the tourney and face top-seeded Samford at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The finals will be played Sunday.
WCU’s lone win in the series was 4-3 last Thursday when Andrew Bullock had three hits in four at-bats.
Taylor Purus (4-4) struck out 13 in eight innings to pick up the win. He gave up six hits and two walks.
Jacob Corn pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
Western took a 2-0 lead as Bullock had an RBI single in the first and Daylan Nanny drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the second.
Wes Lane’s bases-loaded double, one of his two hits, gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge in the fourth.
WCU went back in front 4-3 in the sixth on RBI singles by Will Prater and Colin Bertsch.
Citadel starter Shane Connolly took the loss.
The Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the eighth and claimed a 5-2 win Friday. Ben Peden was three of four at the plate. Tyler Corbitt and Lane Botkin both had two hits.
Cameron Reeves pitched the final three innings for the win.
Ches Goodman and Will Bastian both had RBI doubles for the Bulldogs in the eighth. Other runs scored on an error and a wild pitch.
Nanny homered for the Cats in the ninth.
Citadel scored in the opening inning on Goodman’s RBI ground out.
Western tied it in the sixth on Luke Robinson’s solo homer, one of his two hits.
Reliever Jack Snyder (2-3) gave up hits to all three batters he faced and took the loss.
The Bulldogs won Saturday’s rubber game 3-1 as three pitchers combined on a four-hitter. Lathan Todd pitched six shutout innings for the win and gave up just one hit. He walked five and struck out five. Goodman allowed one unearned run in two innings for the save.
Peden and Ryan McCarthy both had two hits for Citadel.
Peden’s RBI double and an error gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in the first.
McCarthy’s RBI single made it 3-0 in the second.
WCU scored on an error in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate when the game ended.
Immanuel Wilder had two hits for the Cats.
Ryan Mitschele (0-3) took the loss despite pitching a complete game and giving up just one earned run.