April 19, 2012

Bulldogs Travel To Face Crosstown Rival College of Charleston This Weekend

FULL GAME NOTES

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON SERIES

THE CITADEL (17-21, 7-8 SoCon)
at COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (26-12, 14-7 SoCon)

 

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Stadium: The Ballpark at Patriots Point
Capacity: 2,000
Series/Trend: Citadel 58-43 / COFC W2
Radio: Sports Radio 1450 AM with Danny Reed (pxp)
Internet: Live Video at CofCSports.com
Live Blog: Cover It Live at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – FRIDAY
CIT: RHP #5 Austin Pritcher, 4-2, 3.41 ERA, 60.2 IP, 18 BB, 37 K
COFC: LHP #19 Josh Renfro,  5-3, 3.69 ERA, 53.2 IP, 8 BB, 54 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SATURDAY
CIT: LHP #16 Kevin Connell, 1-2, 2.83 ERA, 35.0 IP, 21 BB, 23 K
COFC: RHP #20 Christian Powell, 6-2, 2.32 ERA, 54.1 IP, 14 BB, 47 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SUNDAY
CIT: LHP #7 Logan Cribb, 1-2, 4.37 ERA, 47.1 IP, 26 BB, 35 K
COFC: RHP #22 Matt Pegler, 6-2, 2.73 ERA, 52.2 IP, 11 BB, 34 K

DOGS FACE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON IN CROSS-TOWN RIVALRY THIS WEEKEND
The Citadel will travel to Mt. Pleasant this weekend to face the College of Charleston in a Southern Conference three-game series at The Ballpark at Patriots Point. The Bulldogs enter the game on a four-game win streak and a 17-21 overall record. A three-game sweep of UNC Greensboro last weekend propelled the Bulldogs into seventh place in the SoCon standings with a 7-8 league mark. Friday's opening game of the series has a 6:00 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday and Sunday's contests begin at 3:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively. All three games of the series can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 AM with the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Danny Reed handling the play-by-play.

LAST TIME OUT
Mason Davis posted career-highs with three hits and three RBI, including a two-run home run to lead The Citadel to a 10-3 victory over Winthrop in non-conference action Tuesday evening at the Winthrop Ballpark.

Davis went 3-for-6 at the plate with a double and a home run, scoring three times and stealing a base. Nick Orvin tied a season-high with four hits and Justin Mackert and Joe Jackson chipped in two hits each. Connor Walsh picked up the victory for the Bulldogs, allowing two hits in two innings of a predetermined split. The freshman southpaw walked one and struck out one for his first collegiate win.

SCOUTING COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
The Cougars enter the weekend with a 26-12 overall record and a 14-7 mark in SoCon action. Tuesday night, Charleston defeated No. 8 South Carolina 4-3 at Carolina Stadium in Columbia for its first win over the Gamecocks since 2007. The Cougars hit three home runs in the first three innings for their second victory over a ranked opponent this season. Marty Gantt leads the squad with a .381 average, 15 doubles and a .633 slugging percentage. Brandon Murray has nine round-trippers on the season and newcomer Bradley Goodson has a team-high 32 RBI. Christian Powell boasts a 6-2 record with a 2.32 ERA, while Josh Renfro has 54 strikeouts against only eight walks in 53.2 innings.

MR. 300
With a four-hit performance in the Bulldogs' 10-3 victory over Winthrop on April 17, Nick Orvin became the fifth player in Citadel history to reach the 300-hit plateau. Orvin stands at an even 300 hits and is 10 hits from tying Bryan Altman for 4th place all-time.

THE 700 CLUB
With the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over UNC Greensboro on April 13, head coach Fred Jordan became the 36th active member of the 700-win club of NCAA Division I head coaches. In his 21st season, Jordan is 703-529 all-time at the helm of the Citadel program. Jordan had 686 victories entering this, his 21st, season of Citadel baseball.

ALL THE WAY AUSTIN
Austin Pritcher tossed a complete-game four-hitter on April 13 to give head coach Fred Jordan his 700th career victory as The Citadel blanked UNC Greensboro 3-0 to open their three-game Southern Conference series at Riley Park. Pritcher was magnificent on the mound, striking out nine Spartans and scattering four hits, walking none. The complete-game shutout was the first for The Citadel since Matt Talley did it against UNCG on May 15, 2010 and was Pritcher's first complete-game effort.

ORVIN CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Nick Orvin is steadily making his mark on the Bulldogs' record book in his final season. The Moncks Corner, S.C. native is posed to overtake the top spot in the career runs and hits charts this season.

CAREER RUNS

1.

Philip Hartig

229

1998-01

2.

Terrence Smalls

222

1995-98

3.

Chris Swauger

211

2005-08

4.

Bryan Altman

208

2007-10

5.

Nick Orvin

207

2009-Current

6.

Sonny Meade

199

2006-09

7.

David Beckley

198

1993-96

8.

Bo Betchman

189

1994-97

9.

Jon Aughey

185

2002-05

10.

Anthony Jenkins

179

1989-92

 

CAREER HITS

1.

Philip Hartig

360

1998-01

2.

Sonny Meade

355

2006-09

3.

Chris Swauger

314

2006-09

4.

Bryan Altman

310

2007-10

5.

Nick Orvin

300

2009-Current

6.

Chris Ard

296

2002-05

7.

Terrence Smalls

295

1995-98

8.

Bo Betchman

291

1994-97

9.

Jon Aughey

266

2002-05

10.

Matt Matulia

258

2003-06

 

OUR JOE JACKSON WEARS SHOES
Sophomore catcher Joe Jackson is the great-great-great nephew of one of the most beloved players in baseball history, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. Jackson, played in the major leagues from 1908-1920, playing for the Chicago White Sox from 1915-1920 and posting a career batting average of .356 in 1,332 games.

SPORTS RADIO 1450 TO BROADCAST 21 BULLDOG BASEBALL GAMES IN 2012
Citadel baseball fans will be able to follow the Bulldogs this season on Sports Radio 1450 with the "Voice of the Bulldogs," Danny Reed. The Bulldogs sport one of the region's toughest schedules with games against South Carolina, Coastal Carolina and an always-competitive Southern Conference slate.

Sports Radio 1450 will broadcast the majority of games from the second half of the Bulldogs' schedule, including home games against South Carolina and Coastal Carolina, home series with Wofford, UNC Greensboro, Georgia Southern and Furman, and road games at South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

All season long, fans can watch home games online through Bulldog Insider with subscription broadcasts on CitadelSports.com.

Below are the remaining games that will air on Sports Radio 1450
Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. at College of Charleston
Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m. at College of Charleston
Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. at College of Charleston
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Friday, May 11, 6 p.m. vs. Furman
Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m. vs. Furman
Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m. vs. Furman
2012 Southern Conference Tournament starting May 23

TWO SELECTED PRESEASON ALL-SOCON; BULLDOGS PICKED EIGHTH
Drew DeKerlegand was selected to the Southern Conference preseason all-conference first team and Nick Orvin was chosen to the all-conference second team, as voted on by the league's 11 head coaches. The Citadel was picked to finish eighth in both the coaches' and media preseason polls.

A FRESH LOOK
With 18 newcomers this season, The Citadel will feature a new look in several areas this season. The entire middle of the infield will be experiencing their first playing time in college as freshmen Bailey Rush and Johnathan Stokes will battle for the starting spot at short and Mason Davis has grabbed the spot at second. Two freshmen are likely to see significant time in starting pitching roles as Kevin Connell and James Reeves toe the rubber. With the loss of a handful of members of the last season's bullpen, several first-year players are expected to contribute in that area as well.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs enjoy a rare midweek period off before hosting Georgia Southern in SoCon action at Riley Park next weekend, April 27-29.

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