April 12, 2013

Today's Blue & White - April 12, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

First Pitch!

Recognition Day is tomorrow (Saturday) and the Class of 2016 will have a day they won’t ever forget.  We congratulate them!

Speaking of congratulations, Capers Williamson was named the Southern Conference men's field athlete of the week for his performances at the Gamecock Open and Florida Relays.  Additionally, 13 members of the rifle team received All-Academic honors from the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) for their performance on the range and in the classroom.

On the diamond, our Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker at South Carolina on Tuesday night on a 9th-inning walkoff home run.  However, they have a golden opportunity to advance in the league standings this week as they travel to always-tough Georgia Southern for a three-game series.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue full of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Thirteen Citadel Marksmen Tabbed with CRCA Academic All-American Honors

A total of 13 Citadel marksmen received All-Academic honors from the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) for their performance on the range and in the classroom.

Seven members of the women's team and six from the men were honored with the award that requires the student-athlete to earn at least a 3.2 grade point average and have one of the team's five scores count towards the scoring of a match.

Senior Terri Craig earned the honor for the third time in her career, while Ashten Byrne, Margaret LaRiviere, William Wutzer, Kristofer Small and Richard Hunton III placed their names on the elite list for the second time.

Michael Chen, Robert Jackson, Thor Wright, Haley Osmer, Elizabeth Ordway, Amber Mills and Teddi Haliscak were tabbed as CRCA Academic All-Americans for the first time.

The Bulldogs closed out the 2012-13 campaign in second place in the SEARC behind 13th-ranked NC State for the second consecutive year.

Baseball Drops Series to Elon; Falls at USC on Walkoff Homer

USC’s Joey Pankake hit the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth into The Citadel bullpen to offset a dramatic Bulldog rally in the top of the inning and gave the Gamecocks a 6-5 victory Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium.  It was the second time the Bulldogs lost to a nationally-ranked team in walk-off fashion, having suffered a 5-4 setback against Georgia Tech on March 26 on a two-run homer by Daniel Spingola.

The Citadel stormed back from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the ninth to stun the crowd of 7,721. Hughston Armstrong bunted for a single with one out, and Joe Jackson followed with a single off the fence in right field.  After Bo Thompson popped out to second, Jason Smith singled into the hole at short to load the bases. Drew DeKerlegand drew a walk to force in the first run of the inning, and Johnathan Stokes followed with a base hit into left just past the diving Pankake to plate Jackson and Smith with the tying runs.

The excitement in The Citadel's third base dugout was short lived, however, as Pankake drove a 1-0 pitch off David Rivera deep into left center for his sixth home run of the season and second against the Bulldogs. The round tripper gave the Gamecocks their fourth straight win in the series.

Elon struck for seven runs in the first two innings and held on for an 8-6 victory over The Citadel on Sunday at Riley Park to take the Southern Conference series two games to one.  Elon scored six times in the second inning to wipe out an early 2-1 Bulldog lead, and the Phoenix’s bullpen combined for four shutout innings after The Citadel pulled within 8-6 in the fifth.

Skylar Hunter, normally The Citadel's closer, came in to start the fifth with Elon leading 8-4 and worked a season-high 4 2/3 innings, limiting the Phoenix to three hits and no runs while striking out four, giving the Bulldogs a chance to steal a come-from-behind victory.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Bulldogs went ahead in their half of the frame on a two-run double by Drew DeKerlegand. But seven hits and three errors resulted in the big Elon second inning against starter Austin Mason and reliever James Reeves, and sent the Phoenix on their way to a ninth win in the past 10 games against The Citadel.

On Saturday, The Citadel knocked out 15 hits and scored in six of its eight innings at the plate in a 14-7 victory over Elon.  The run total was the second highest of the season for The Citadel, trailing only an 18-9 win over Wofford on March 17, and allowed the Bulldogs to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Phoenix. The win was also the 499th at home for The Citadel in 22 seasons under head coach Fred Jordan, including 135 at College Park and 364 at Riley Park.

Mason Davis and Calvin Orth both had three hits for and four other Bulldogs had two-hit games. Orth scored three times and slammed a three-run homer in the eighth, his second of the season, to put the finishing touches on the victory. Jackson also went deep with a two-run shot in the seventh to expand what was just a 9-6 Citadel lead to a five-run margin. Jackson reached base all five times up with two hits, a pair of walks and a hit by pitch, scored three runs and knocked in three to give him the team lead in RBI with 32.

Logan Cribb worked the first 5 2/3 innings to earn the win and even his record at 2-2 on the year. He allowed seven hits and six runs, with only two of them being earned, walked one and struck out a season-high six

On Friday, The Citadel scored four times in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-2 lead before Elon stormed back for six runs an inning later to defeat the Bulldogs, 8-5, in the opening game at Riley Park.

The Citadel trailed 2-1 but singles by Thompson and Tyler Griffin and a sacrifice bunt by Orth put the lead runs in scoring position. Johnathan Stokes drove in Thompson with a base hit, and a sacrifice fly by Bret Hines plated Griffin to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.

Davis then capped the four-run inning with a shot into the alley in left center for a double which scored two runs and boosted The Citadel's lead to 5-2.  It proved to be a short-lived cushion as the first seven Elon batters reached in the eighth off the relief duo of Zach Sherrill and David Rivera.  Rivera took over on the mound and was greeted by a three-run homer to give Elon the lead back at 7-5. Two singles, a balk and a ground out produced the final Phoenix run of the inning before Reeves was finally able to quiet the Elon bats, allowing just one hit and striking out two in two relief innings.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Baseball Ticket Promotions

Our marketing staff has come up with several standing promotions for baseball season that encompasses games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tuesday games will be our Mr. Pigs Twitter Tuesday’s. Starting on the Friday at 11:30 am before a Tuesday game (excluding the South Carolina game) two (2) pictures will be posted on twitter and Facebook identifying two (2) products from Piggly Wiggly. Fans who bring both Piggly Wiggly branded items to the box office on the day of the game (Tuesday) will receive one (1) free ticket for the day’s game. Pictures will be reposted every day at 11:30 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) leading up to the Tuesday game. Most proceeds to benefit the Charleston Food Bank.

Please note that in order to receive a free ticket, all items must be the Piggly Wiggly brand.

Wednesday games will be Wendy’s Winning Wednesday’s as fans will have the opportunity to get a $4 ticket (Student/Faculty price) when they exchange their Wendy’s receipt at the box office on the day of the game. If we win, Wendy’s coupons will be distributed at the gate during exiting.

Please note that one ticket will be rewarded per receipt, and that the receipt will be collected.

Sunday’s games are Family Funday. Kidet Club members receive free admission when they wear their Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt and are accompanied by an adult. Also, fans who bring their Sunday Church Bulletin will receive a discounted $4 ticket.

Baseball Parking Information

Fans coming to Riley Park for home Citadel baseball games this season have several parking opportunities.  Those possessing any level membership in The Citadel Brigadier Foundation (you must have your membership card or window decal), baseball season pass or vehicles displaying the approved handicapped placard are permitted to park in the lot adjacent to the facility. Others are encouraged to park in what is referred to as the “MUSC Lot” across the street, while Brittlebank Park is another viable option. Parking is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Track and Field Completes Action at Florida Relays

Micah Wessinger broke her own school record in the 800m, while the women's 4x200m team shattered the school mark by over one second as The Citadel track and field teams closed out the weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

Wessinger, who broke her own indoor 800m record back in February, improved her top-ranked outdoor mark with a time of 2:11.42 to take 25th place in the event.  Only the top 48 registered athletes compete in the open events.

The women's relay teams continued their impressive season as the 4x200m team of Wessinger, Chalita Johnson, Tanisha Bethel and Danielle Williams moved to the top of the school's record book with a time of 1:41.45.  A similar 4x100m team of Johnson, Bethel, Williams and Nicole Levermann, ran their second-fastest time of the season, clocking in at 48.37.  The speedy quartet broke the school record in the event earlier this season.

On the men's side, the 4x800m team of John Gatewood, Jordan Ashley, Jordan Johnson and Greg Coggins posted a 7:46.17 to improve on their time from earlier this season. The mark is good for third place in The Citadel's record book.

The men's 4x100m team of Gus Vazquez-Milan, Tevin Williams, Cody Richardson and Jamaal Brantley also posted a season best time of 42.19, while first-year javelin thrower Capers Williamson recorded a heave of 184'5".

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Capers Williamson Named SoCon Men's Field Athlete of the Week

Capers Williamson was named the Southern Conference men's field athlete of the week for his performances at the Gamecock Open and Florida Relays. The selections are made by the league's track and field coaches.

Williamson, who is in the midst of his first season as member of the Bulldogs' track and field team, took first place at the Gamecock Open in the javelin with a toss of 194'11", a personal best by 17-feet.

The heave also landed the junior in third place in The Citadel's all-time record book behind Clay Allen (204'6"), who is redshirting the 2013 campaign, and current assistant coach Kris Kut (204'10"). The mark also tied the Cadet for second on the conference rankings.

Three days later, Williamson posted a throw of 185'4" to take ninth at the 69th Pepsi Florida Relays.

Netters Drop SoCon Match to UTC

On Sunday in Chattanooga, the No. 1 doubles team of David Orces-Oliver Dedding won their match while Elliott Sperr at No. 5 and Jackson Pride at No. 6 singles won theirs but the Mocs captured the match, 5-2.

Orces-Dedding won their doubles match by an 8-6 margin while Sperr captured his match in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) while Pride won his in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Wrestling Set to Host Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

The Citadel Wrestling Club invites alumni, fans and friends of the program to their 5th  Annual Golf Tournament at The Golf Club on Saturday, April 20, at Wescott Plantation in North Charleston. All proceeds benefit The Citadel Wrestling Program.

The event has a scheduled start at 12 noon and will include a catered lunch between 11-11:50 a.m.

Join The Citadel Wrestling team for an afternoon of golf, prizes, food and fun. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams as well as to the participants with the longest drive and closest to the pin at the set locations.

Mulligans will be sold Saturday morning at registration and prizes will be awarded following the conclusion of the tournament. The Citadel’s coaches will provide the group with an update on the program and what is coming next.

Sponsorships and donations are both needed and greatly appreciated. If you are unable to play, please consider becoming a hole, t-shirt or cart sponsor.

Price is $125 per person and it includes cart, greens fees, taxes, range balls and pre-tournament lunch. Team registration is $440 if paid prior to the event and $500 if paid on the day of the event.

For more information, registration or to enquire about a sponsorship, please contact Col. Reedy Hopkins at reedyhopkins@yahoo.com.

Rachael Farrell Captures HESS Department’s Hamilton Award

Senior Rachael Farrell joined Tatum Jestila as the second volleyball player in the last three years to be named the recipient of the Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) Department's Keith Hamilton Award on Monday.

The Dr. Keith E. Hamilton Award is bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding academic performance, service and demonstrated character by a graduating senior as voted by the departmental faculty. 

Dr. Hamilton was a beloved faculty member, an active professional, an articulate author, a track and cross country coach and the faculty advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was one of the founding members of the Cooper River Bridge Run.  Dr. Hamilton's special interests included pedagogy, track and field and international studies.

Farrell, a right side hitter from Niceville, Fla., led the 2012 squad in kills (267), kills per set (2.28) and total attacks (916). Farrell closed out her four-year career ranked in the top 15 of three statistical categories including kills (13th, 628), kills per set (15th, 1.94) and total attacks (13th, 2036).

Farrell, a HESS major with a minor in psychology, has made an impact in the classroom as she carries a 3.324 GPA. This has earned her Dean's List honors on four occasions, which is achieved by carrying a GPA of 3.2 of better for a semester, and a spot on the Fall Academic All-Conference team in 2012.

Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:


Baseball                       June 24-27                   Day Camp                   

                                    June 28-June 30          Father/Son Camp

Basketball                   June 17-21                   Day Camp

                                    June 21-23                   Team Camp                   

Wrestling                    July 5-12                      Multiple                       

Soccer                         June 10-13                   Day Camp 1                

                                    June 17-20                   Day Camp 2           

                                    June 24-27                   Day Camp 3    

Football                       June 10-14                   Youth Camp

                                    June 14-15                   Skill/Lineman Camp

                                    June 19-21                   Team option Camp


For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.

Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for  the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

They Said It:

“We are going to pitch our best guys on the weekend.”

  • Baseball coach Fred Jordan, when asked if he would pitch one of his better pitchers in a mid-week game.

“It’s a huge challenge for a freshman.  You go from playing in your local town to pitching in front of 5,000 people against some of the best players in the country. That’s where you learn what kind of competitor you are.”

  • Senior pitcher Austin Pritcher, on pitching the mid-week game against a foe like the University of South Carolina.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

April 20           Aashon Larkins                       Football
April 22           Nelson Burch                          Football
April 24           J.D. Powell                              Basketball

Upcoming Events

April 15           Basketball Banquet @Pearson Lounge of JHS
April 20           TCBF Roast of Jack Douglas @McAlister Field House
                       Wrestling’s 5th  Annual Golf Tournament at The Golf Club @Westcott
May 22-26      Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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Publishers........................Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor...............................Andy Solomon

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