April 5, 2013

Today's Blue & White - April 5, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

First Pitch!

It has been another busy week here in the Department of Athletics as all of our spring sports continue play.

Topping the news front is that 17 members of our four winter sports – basketball, wrestling and men’s and women’s indoor track and field – were named to the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference Team. 

Individually, we salute Mike Groselle as he was named a Senior CLASS first team All-American for his basketball, academic and leadership skills.

Around the track, the women's team took down four school relay records this past weekend as The Citadel completed action at the Raleigh Relays.  Baseball is mired in a minor slump, while golf and tennis continue their seasons.

Congratulations are in order for wrestling coach Rob Hjerling, who this week learned that he finished third in the InterMat National Coach of the Year standings.

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

The Citadel Places 17 on SoCon Winter Academic All-Conference Team

A total of 17 cadet-student-athletes representing four winter sports have earned spots on the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team.

The men’s indoor track and field team led the way with nine qualifying athletes followed by wrestling (five), women’s indoor track and field (two) and basketball (one).

To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the winter season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions during the recently concluded winter campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.

A total of 177 student-athletes from all 12 SoCon institutions were honored, surpassing last year’s winter total by 19.

Mike Groselle  

Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Clay Allen
Jordan Ashley
Brandon Fetrow
Parker Gaston
John Gatewood
Raeven Lantz
Timothy Denard Smith
Austin Waldrop
Atom Young 

Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Savannah Emmrich
Micah Wessinger 

Jordan Dix
Jack Duane
Aaron Hansen
Mike Harper
Joaquin Marquez

Groselle Named Senior CLASS First Team All-American

Center Mike Groselle, who ranks in the top 10 of seven statistical categories in program history, added to his list of career accolades when he was named a Senior CLASS first team All-American.

Groselle is joined on the first team by C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), Mike Muscala (Bucknell), Mason Plumlee (Duke) and 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award winner Jordan Hulls of Indiana.  The Bulldogs’ go-to player in the post led the team in 13 statistical categories on the season including field goals (189), field goal percentage (57.4), rebounds (228), rebounds per game (7.6) and points (468).

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

On the court, the senior captain ranks first in career double-doubles (27), second in rebounds (738), second in field goal percentage (58.9) and seventh in points (1,359). In the classroom Groselle has been named to the Dean's List on five occasions, which he achieved by carrying a GPA of 3.2 of better for a semester. He has also earned five Gold Stars, awarded to a cadet that maintains a 3.7 GPA or better.

This marks the fifth postseason award for the Plano, Texas, native was tabbed as all-conference by the Southern Conference coaches, second team all-conference by members of the media, SoCon Academic All-Conference and CoSIDA Academic All-District.

Groselle concluded a senior season in which he hit better than 50 percent from the floor in 21 of 30 starts including a four-game stretch of SoCon games where he knocked down 61.5 percent from the floor. This allowed Groselle to become the first player in Citadel history to lead the team in field goal percentage by hitting 50 percent or better in three straight seasons.

First-Team All-Americans
Mike Groselle, The Citadel
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Mason Plumlee, Duke

Second-Team All-Americans

Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Andrew Smith, Butler
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara

TCBF to Host Roast for Jack Douglas

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation invites everyone to attend a roast to honor Hall of Famer Jack Douglas ’92 on April 20 in McAlister Field House (6-9 pm).  Featured roasters will be Douglas’ coach, Charlie Taaffe, along with teammate Everette Sands.  Cost for individuals to attend the roast is $100 per person while a reserved table (of eight) is $1,000.  Open bar and dinner are included.  You can even prepare your own short video roast for Jack that will be taped at the event and shown later that night for only $25. For more information and reservations, please contact Bryson Young at 843/953-5277 or email her at bryson.young@citadel.edu.

Basketball Banquet Open to All

You are cordially invited to attend the 2012-13 Citadel Basketball Awards Banquet that is set for Monday, April 15, at 6 pm at the Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

At this event, in which we will enjoy a buffet dinner and a highlight video presentation, we will celebrate the successes of this year’s team. Individual tickets are $40 each and tables of eight are available for $300. Business casual is the attire.

Please make checks payable to “The Citadel Basketball Association” and send them to Andy Solomon, Associate Athletics Director, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. Also, please direct any questions or concerns to Andy at 843/953-6300 or email him at andy.solomon@citadel.edu.

The deadline to attend is Tuesday.

Baseball Drops Series at Western Carolina; Drops Pair to Coastal

Six Coastal Carolina pitchers limited The Citadel to seven hits as the Chanticleers completed a sweep of a home-and-home series with a 10-2 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field.

Coastal led all the way after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first against starter Brett Tompkins. The Citadel trimmed its deficit to 3-2 in the fourth as Tyler Griffin walked, Bailey Rush singled for his second hit of the game and the duo moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Johnathan Stokes got Griffin home with a ground out, and Rush came across when Jason Smith's grounder to short was misplayed.

Mason Davis was robbed of a game-tying hit when his line drive headed for right was snagged by CCU’s first baseman. The Bulldogs threatened for the final time in the fifth with three walks but a Rush ground out to short left the bases loaded.

Coastal's Jacob May tripled off the glove of a sprinting Hughston Armstrong with one out in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Buccilli for what proved to be the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday night at Riley Park.

The game was tied 2-2 when May lofted a drive into the alley in right center off Kevin Connell. Armstrong reached high over his head as he reached the ball on a dead run but was unable to haul it in as May raced all the way to third.

Zach Sherrill replaced Connell on the mound, and Buccilli lined a 1-1 pitch to right with May beating the throw by Tyler Griffin to put the Chanticleers in front.  Freshman right hander Austin Livingston turned in a solid start for The Citadel but was not involved in the decision. He worked the first four innings and gave up only two hits and one run.

On Saturday, Calvin Orth singled in Johnathan Stokes in the top of the ninth, and Stokes made a game-saving play in the bottom of the frame to give The Citadel a 5-4 win over Western Carolina and a split of a doubleheader.

The Bulldogs trailed 4-0 before staging a late rally culminating in the Orth game-winning hit. Stokes walked to lead off the frame and was sacrificed to second by pinch hitter Brett Bullard.  Orth followed with a base hit to right center off that brought home Stokes.

Closer Skyler Hunter, who allowed two doubles and took the loss in the opener, picked up his seventh save of the season. David Rivera worked 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball in relief and gained his fourth win of the year without a loss.

In Saturday’s first game, Western Carolina scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Catamounts a 5-4 win.  The Citadel snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh when Bo Thompson slammed a mammoth solo home run to left, his ninth round tripper of the season. It stayed a one-run game until WCU lined a two-out pinch-hit single just in front of the diving Armstrong in center off Rivera to drive in the tying run.

The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Mason Davis walked and stole second with one out, his 13th theft of the season.  One out later, Joe Jackson was intentionally walked to set up a righty-righty matchup between Thompson and the Catamount hurler.

Thompson then hit a smash right at the second baseman, who threw to the shortstop to force Jackson and ended the threat.  The game looked like it would be a shootout with both teams scoring three runs in the first three innings, but the pitching took over until Thompson homered in the seventh.

On Friday, The Citadel battled back from a late four-run deficit to pull within one in the ninth before Western Carolina held on for a 7-6 victory.  The marathon lasted 3:53, edging out by one minute the longest nine-inning game for The Citadel in games in which box scores are available dating back to the 1970 season. The previous long was 3:52 against Winthrop on March 18, 1997 and Air Force on March 27, 2009.

The Bulldogs had a final chance to pull the game out in the ninth against Catamount closer Preston Hatcher. Trailing 7-5, Thompson drew a leadoff walk and Jason Smith pinch ran for him. After a pair of strikeouts, pinch-hitter Bullard drove in Smith with a single to center, but Orth grounded out to third to leave the tying run on base.

Austin Pritcher started for the Bulldogs and was charged with his second loss of the season. The senior right hander allowed eight hits and all seven Western runs (six earned) with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Connell allowed two hits and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings, and Sherrill pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.

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.

Women’s Track and Field Rewrites Record Book after Raleigh Relays

The women's track and field team took down four school relay records this past weekend as The Citadel completed action at the Raleigh Relays on the Derr Track in Raleigh, N.C.

The women's 4x800m, 4x200m, 4x100m and sprint medley relay teams all moved to the top of The Citadel's record book. The 4x800m team of Micah Wessinger, Danielle McKee, Jackie Thompson and Jessica DeWitte shattered the school mark by 20 seconds, clocking in at 9:44 for the event.

The quartet of Chalita Johnson, Tanisha Bethel, Nicole Levermann and Danielle Williams topped the record books with a time of 48.17 in the 4x100m, while a similar 4x200m team of Johnson, Bethel, Alex Moss and Williams clocked in at 1:42.62 to etch their names in history.  The sprint medley squad consisting of Moss, Bethel, Wessinger and Williams also broke the school record with a fifth-place time of 4:04.59.

In the men's relays, John Gatewood, Jordan Ashley, Jordan Johnson and Greg Coggins moved into third place in Citadel history with a time of 7:46 in the 4x800m, while Gus Vazquez-Milan, Tevin Williams, Kevin Poland and Valian Brown posted a 1:28.54 in the 4x200m to nab fourth in the school's record book.  The men's sprint medley relay team of Jamaal Brantley, Williams, Vazquez-Milan and Ashley moved into 10th place all-time with a mark of 3:30.77.

Caillian Colquitt posted a fifth-best Citadel time in the 5,000m with 19:18.42.  In the field events, Dylan Gidado heaved a season-best in the discus at 137'9", while Geno Porter threw the hammer a personal-best 133'5".

Nicole Levermann had a strong weekend with a personal-best javelin throw of 114'9" to move into seventh all-time and recorded an eighth-place mark in the high jump at 5'3".

Redshirt senior Kasandra Polson heaved the hammer a season-best 136'2" and Eddie Jones took sixth in the long jump with a season-best leap of 23'2".

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

Netters Drop SoCon Matches to Furman, CofC; Tops Coker

David Orces and Peter Bleach each earned a point for the tennis team in a 5-2 loss to College of Charleston on Wednesday evening at Patriots Point.

Playing in the No 1. position, Orces netted his third Southern Conference victory in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to improve his overall record to 11-7.  With three duals matches remaining before the start of the SoCon Tournament, the Guayaquil, Ecuador native is looking to surpass his 13 victories from a season ago.  Meanwhile, Bleach earned his 11th singles dual win on the season with a victory at No. 3, 6-4, 6-2.

On Saturday at the Earle Tennis Center, the Bulldogs dropped a 7-0 decision to Furman in its final home match of the season.

Senior Day wasn’t kind to the Bulldogs as No. 1 player David Orces dropped his match in straight sets, as did all of the Cadets in singles play.

On Thursday in Hartsville, however, The Citadel captured a 4-3 decision over Coker.  The Bulldogs swept the doubles point, highlighted by the No. 1 team of Orces-Oliver Dedding’s 8-1 victory.  In singles, Orces, Peter Bleach (No. 3) and Elliott Sperr (No. 5) won their individual matches.

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

Eraina Manor Leads Golf Team at Mimosa Hills

Freshman Eraina Manor recorded a two-day score of 162 (+18) and finished in a four-way tie for 33rd at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate held at Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club.  Manor recorded rounds of 83 and 79 to finish alongside Southern Conference competitors Shelby Winters (Wofford) and Rumbidzi Masamvu (Appalachian State).

The Citadel posted a 699 (+123) to complete the tournament 11th out of 12 participating teams.  Appalachian State, the host team for the tournament, captured first place with a 610 (+34), while Winthrop (620, +44) edged Jacksonville State (629, +53) and Wofford (629, +53) which tied for third place.

TaKima Butler (94-82—176) notched a +32 to place 57th while Kellie Anderson (84-93—177) finished with a +33, one shot behind her Bulldog teammate.

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

Soccer Volunteers at City of Charleston Clinic

Members of the soccer team performed a clinic on Saturday at The Citadel helping more than 70 kids between the ages of 4-12 develop their skills and technique.

The Bulldogs helped the City of Charleston Department of Recreation achieve its goal to "provide an outlet for recreational activities for all that are both educational and fun."

Wrestling’s Rob Hjerling Takes Third Place in InterMat’s Division I Wrestling Coach of the Year Balloting

Rob Hjerling earned 35 votes, including two first place votes, to take the third spot in InterMat Wrestling's 2013 Division I Coach of the Year Award.

Hjerling finished behind Penn State's three-time defending champion coach Cael Sanderson and Oklahoma coach John Smith, each of whom have received the honor twice in their careers.

In his 14th year at the helm of The Citadel wrestling program, Hjerling guided two of the team's three national qualifiers to the podium at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Des Moines, Iowa on Mar. 21-23.

Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney finished in fourth and seventh place, respectively, becoming The Citadel's second and third All-Americans in the program's history. Hjerling was also responsible for coaching the Bulldogs' first All-American, Dan Thompson, in 2006.

Hjerling has tallied 111 career dual wins through 14 seasons, making him the winningest coach in the school's storied wrestling history.

2013 InterMat Coach of the Year Standings

1. John Smith, Oklahoma State          61 (4)
2. Cael Sanderson, Penn State.           43 (3)
3. Rob Hjerling, The Citadel               35 (2)
4. J Robinson, Minnesota                    27
5. Kevin Jackson, Iowa State                         24 (1)
6. Brian Smith, Missouri                     22
7. Rob Koll, Cornell                            11
8. Jim Zalesky, Oregon State              9
9. Doug Schwab, Northern Iowa        8
10. Jim Heffernan, Illinois                  4
11. John Stutzman, Bloomsburg         2
12. Tom Brands, Iowa                                    1
12. Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech        1

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.

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.

And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

As you are thinking about some coming vacation time, make sure you protect your identity so somebody doesn't take it while you're away. Some tips from TrustedID.com:

  • Stay thin: Before you leave home, remove unnecessary credit and debit cards, as well as anything displaying personal information. Make copies of important documents in case something happens to them.
  • Stay secure: Hotel computers and unsecure Wi-Fi connections are easy to hack. If you need to check your email, use a secure network.
  • Stay safe: Lock up Smartphone, tablets and laptops in hotel or room safes. This way, lots of valuable data will remain yours.
  • Don't stand alone: Stand-alone ATMs are more likely to have skimming devices. Use bank ATMs as much as possible.
  • Don't brag: Don't let the world know that you're away by posting it on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. If you do, thieves will know you're not home.
 Courtesy:  CharlestonCurrents.com

He Said It:

“Mike has been a great example of a cadet-student-athlete during his four years here at The Citadel.  His contributions to the program will extend beyond what he has done this season and I am thrilled to see Mike earn All-America honors alongside some of the top programs in the country, such as Indiana and Duke.”

  • Basketball Coach Chuck Driesell, on Mike Groselle earning Senior CLASS first team All-America honors.

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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