March 15, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Mar. 15, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

First Pitch!

Spike reminds all readers that this is the day to “Beware of the Ides of March.”  But at the same time, Spring Break begins today so beware of hurried cadets leaving campus.

More good news comes from the wrestling program as three cadet-student-athletes captured Southern Conference titles at last weekend’s tournament at VMI.  Heavyweight Odie Delaney highlights the list as he captured his school-record fourth consecutive crown.  Delaney, Ugi Khishignyam (141-pound class) and Matt Frisch (157) now advance to the NCAA Championships that will be held March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Basketball season concluded Friday night with a loss to Western Carolina, but center Mike Groselle is still in the running for the Senior CLASS Award, in which you can help him by voting (see below).  Also, the basketball banquet will be held on April 15, and you can attend (see below).

The baseball team continues to play well and is very hot.  The Diamond Dogs have won seven of their last eight games and visit Wofford for a three-game block starting tonight (Friday),

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

Delaney, Khishignyam & Frisch Gain Conference Wrestling Crowns

A 3-1 decision in the heavyweight finals bout secured Odie Delaney his school record fourth conference championship title and NCAA bid at the Southern Conference Championships at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va., on Saturday.

Ugi Khishignyam and Matt Frisch also notched their first titles in the 141- and 157-pound divisions, respectively, to assure themselves a spot in Des Moines, Iowa for the NCAA Championship on March 22-24.  As a team, the Bulldogs nabbed third place with 59 points, behind Chattanooga, who collected its third straight team title, and Campbell.

In a rematch of last year's heavyweight finals, Delaney and Chattanooga's Kevin Malone went head-to-head with the title on the line once again.  After a scoreless first period,

Delaney and Malone each notched an escape point to start the second and third period. The two were knotted at one point apiece until the final 30 seconds when Delaney recorded a takedown, which proved to be the clincher in a 3-1 decision.

The redshirt senior collected a pin and a decision earlier to post three victories on the day, to improve his career win total to 120.  That moved him into sole possession of second place in Citadel history. Delaney’s historic career will culminate with his fourth trip to the NCAAs. He has his mind set on becoming an All-American after falling one win shy of the accomplishment last season.

After cruising past his first two opponents by technical fall and pin, sixth-ranked Ugi met two-time defending 141-pound champion, Dean Pavlou, of Chattanooga, in the finals. The matchup did not disappoint as the two battled it out for seven minutes. A takedown in the first period by Ugi, followed by a pair of escapes from Pavlou, left the match knotted up at two apiece heading into the final two minutes. Ugi managed a hard-fought escape to gain the 3-2 edge and held on for the final 55 seconds to capture the 141-pound title and earn his first bid to the NCAA tournament.  The Mongolia native, who was recently honored as the SoCon's freshman of the year, improved his overall record to 38-4.

Frisch opened his first Southern Conference tournament with his team-leading ninth major decision of the season as he took down Appalachian State's Collins Creech, 12-2, before downing Chattanooga's Trey Stavrum with a 10-2 decision to earn a spot in the finals against Gardner-Webb's Alex Medved.

The two squared off in a thrilling bout earlier this season where a last second takedown by Frisch decided the 6-5 match. The Bulldog grappler cruised past Medved this time around earning a 7-4 decision en route to collecting the conference title in the 157-pound bracket and a bid to his first NCAA championship.

Seniors Jordan Dix and Josh Tuck closed out their careers on Saturday for the Bulldogs, earning 65 and 37 career wins, respectively.

Team Scores
1.  Chattanooga – 102.5
2.  Campbell – 62.5
3.  The Citadel - 59
4.  Gardner-Webb – 49.5
5.  Southern Illinois-Edwardsville – 29.5
6.  Appalachian St. - 27
7.  Davidson – 25.5
8.  VMI – 23.5

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Catamounts Eliminate Bulldogs in SoCon Basketball Tournament

Trey Sumler scored a game-high 27 points as Western Carolina eliminated The Citadel, 76-61, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament Friday night at the U.S. Cellular Center.

The Citadel offense was highlighted by pair 13-point outings by Mike Groselle and Matt Van Scyoc. Groselle capped off his career with 1,359 points, placing him in seventh on the all-time list. He also hauled in six rebounds, two less than P.J. Horgan's team-high eight, to close in second with 738 boards.

The Citadel closed the contest hitting 26-of-59 (44.1%) from the field and converted six of those field goals from beyond the perimeter. The Bulldogs finished with a 34-26 edge in points in the paint and took advantage of 10 Catamount turnovers. Behind eight points from Quinton Marshall and seven from Dylen Setzekorn, the Cadets capped off the game with a 20-15 advantage in bench points.

The Citadel continued to chip away at the 44-20 halftime deficit and behind four points from Marshall and two each from Groselle and Horgan, the Bulldogs were within 55-47 with 8:22 remaining. That proved to be the last time that the game was in single digits as 10 points from five different Catamount players over a span of 4:24 doubled the Western Carolina lead to 67-51.

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Attention Citadel Fans:  Mike Groselle Needs Your Vote

Basketball senior Mike Groselle has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. 

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in October.  Nationwide fan voting has begun and fans can vote EVERY DAY from now until March 25.  Please take a moment and support Mike Groselle for this award by casting your ballot at (

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

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.

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

We hope to see you there!

Baseball Takes Series with Samford; Takes Pair from Zips

Johnathan Stokes knocked out a career-high four hits and connected for his first career home run, helping The Citadel complete a two-game sweep of Akron with a 9-3 victory Wednesday at Riley Park.

Bret Hines also went deep for the first time in his brief collegiate career, and Bo Thompson hit his sixth of the year and fourth in the past five games. The Citadel had 15 hits, one shy of its season high, and has recorded 11 hits in a game in nine of 18 contests so far this season.

Austin Livingston, the third of five Bulldog pitchers in the game, worked two innings of two-hit shutout ball with a pair of strikeouts and earned the victory to improve to 2-0. Skylar Hunter came in with one on and one out in the eighth and didn't allow a hit the rest of the way to pick up his fourth save.

On Tuesday The Citadel struck for three runs in each of the first two innings and coasted to a 7-1 victory over Akron at Riley Park.

Brett Tompkins went the first four innings and allowed five hits and the lone Akron run.  He struck out one and did not walk a batter in picking up his first collegiate win in 20 appearances including five starts.  Connor Walsh and Zach Sherrill combined for three shutout innings before Layton Meacham made his Citadel debut and worked the final two innings without allowing a run.

The Bulldogs quickly took control of the game with a three-run first that began with a Mason Davis single and two bunts that the Zips failed to get a runner out.  Drew DeKerlegand drove in the first two runs with a single, and Johnathan Stokes followed with an RBI base hit to give The Citadel a 3-0 lead after one frame.

Phillip Ervin led a 16-hit attack, falling a double shy of the cycle, as defending Southern Conference tournament champion Samford avoided a series sweep with a 14-8 victory over The Citadel on Sunday at Riley Park.

The Citadel saw its five-game winning streak come to an end but still earned its first series win over Samford since 2009, the year the Alabama-based Bulldogs joined the conference.  Ervin, chosen the preseason favorite for SoCon Player of the Year honors, slammed a three-run homer to left center in the first, tripled in the second and singled in the fifth. He also drew two walks (one intentionally), scored four runs and drove in four.

The Citadel had 15 hits of its own to give the teams a combined 31 in the contest. Hughston Armstrong had a career-high four hits while Joe Jackson had a two-run double among his three hits and drove in three runs.

On Saturday, The Citadel scored the tiebreaking run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory over Samford in the middle game of the opening Southern Conference series.

Stokes reached on an infield single to plate Tyler Griffin and set off a dog-pile celebration near first base. Griffin singled to lead off the inning, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and ground out, and scored when the Samford shortstop threw high to first base after making a nice pickup of a grounder up the middle.

Hunter worked the ninth for The Citadel and allowed one hit with one strikeout to gain the win and even his record at 1-1. The combination of starter James Reeves and relievers Sherrill, David Rivera and Hunter limited Samford to just five hits on the day.

On Friday, Thompson returned from a three-game absence with a vengeance, slamming home runs in each of his first three at bats to lead The Citadel to a 12-3 win over Samford in the league opener for both teams.

Thompson injured his ankle against VCU and missed the doubleheader sweep over UNC Asheville and Wednesday's victory over Winthrop.  He was in the lineup as the designated hitter on Friday and in his first at bat capped off a three-run first inning with a two-run shot to left center to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. The sophomore slugger added another two-run shot in the third and had a solo homer just inside the left field foul pole in the sixth to build The Citadel margin to 6-1. All three of Thompson's home runs came off starter C.K. Irby, the reigning SoCon Pitcher of the Week.

Calvin Orth added a solo homer to get the bottom of the eighth started, and DeKerlegand added a three-run shot to right to give The Citadel five home runs in the game. Austin Pritcher was the beneficiary of the big offensive night in earning his third win of the season without a loss. The senior allowed five hits and all three Samford runs, walked four and struck out eight to raise his career win total to 17, the most among active SoCon pitchers. Pritcher fanned the side in the fourth as part of a span in which he punched out seven batters in three innings.

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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.

South Carolina Baseball Comes to Riley Park for Tuesday’s Blue Out Game

The annual visit by the South Carolina Gamecocks to Riley Park to face The Citadel in baseball will be held on Tuesday, March 19, with the first pitch slated for 7 pm (gates open at 5:30).  The game is always close to a sellout, and we’re encouraging fans to secure their tickets early. Tickets are $10 each ($4 for ages 3-18, or with college ID), and they may be secured by contacting our Ticket Office at 843/953-DOGS (3647) or online at

We will be giving out Blue Rally Towels that night, thanks to our pals at the Yellow Pages.

Also, that contest has been billed as a “Blue Out Game” and we’re asking all Bulldogs fans to wear their blue for that contest.  Let’s make the Gamecocks see blue that night!

Track and Field Marks Top Times in Mt. Pleasant Event

The women's 4x400m relay team of Micah Wessinger, Danielle McKee, Tanisha Bethel and Danielle Williams etched their names in The Citadel's record book on Friday with a school-record time of 3:54.38 at the Palmetto Classic held at the Park West Complex in Mt. Pleasant.

Wessinger, who is coming off a third-place finish in the 800m at the conference’s indoor championships, earned the school record in the same event with a time of 2:13.78, while Williams posted a freshman record of 57.62 in the 400m. The mark is also good for fourth place in school history.

Nicole Levermann tied the meet record in the high jump with a clearance of 5'5" to improve to second in Citadel history, while also taking fourth all-time in the 100m high hurdles with a15.22. Three Citadel women posted top-10 times in the mile as McKee moved into second with a 5:17.21, while freshmen Jackie Thompson (5:30.82) and Jess DeWitte (5:33.31) etched their names in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

In the field events, Dylan Gidado took first place in the shot put with a toss of 46'10", while newcomer Capers Williamson heaved the javelin 177'1" to earn the 10th spot in program history. Eddie Jones placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 43'10.75" and third in the long jump with a leap of 22'.5".

Andi Love carried her successful indoor season over to the outdoor slate as the junior heaved the hammer a personal-best 127'6" to move into eighth in the school's record book. The women's 4x100m team moved into sixth in team history with a 49.40, while Jayce Almes ran a personal-best 57.60 in the 400m hurdles.  Senior Atom Young and freshman Caillian Colquitt both ran top 10 times in the 3,000m.

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Netters Fall to Davidson & Jacksonville State

David Orces and Peter Bleach each earned a point for the tennis team in a 5-2 loss against Davidson at the Earle Tennis Center on Friday.

The Wildcats went up early in the match claiming the doubles point with victories in the No. 2 and 3 positions but the team of Orces and Oliver Dedding netted their first Southern Conference doubles win in the No. 1 slot, 8-3. In the No. 1 position, Orces won his match, 6-2, 6-4, as the senior earned his first league singles win. Bleach, a sophomore, also received his first conference win of the season with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory.

On Sunday at the Earle Tennis Center, the Bulldogs fell to Jacksonville State, 5-2. The Bulldogs commanded the early lead by winning the doubles point with victories in the No. 1 and 3 slots as the team of  Orces-Dedding matched up for the eighth time this season and collected their fifth win, 8-6. The duo of Dillon Berkabile and J.C. Pauli teamed for the first time and secured an 8-2 victory.

Unable to continue the momentum from doubles, Orces was the lone Bulldog to win in singles play.  The Guayaquil, Ecuador native took down won his match, 7-5, 6-3.

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White Defeats Blue, 21-14, in Spring Football Game  

The Citadel held its annual spring football game Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium and several underclassmen played starring roles.

Freshman Vinny Miller rushed for a touchdown and caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Aaron Miller, and freshman quarterback Trey White, who redshirted in 2012, rushed 15 times for 85 yards and led a 16-play scoring drive that he ended with a one-yard sneak.

White also completed 3-of-5 passes for 44 yards. Aaron Miller threw for 76 yards and added a second touchdown pass when he hooked up with Matt Thompson on a five-yard score.

The Miller-to-Miller connection early in the second half gave the White team a 21-14 lead and proved to be the difference in its eventual 21-20 win. Another freshman, linebacker James Riley, produced the final score for the Blue team when he picked up a fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.

Riley moved into the starting lineup last season after injuries to Carl Robinson and Rah Muhammad, and was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team.

Shaunn Middleton led all running backs with 73 rushing yards on only seven carries. Also gaining significant rushing yards were Aaron Miller (7-51), Dalton Trevino (4-41) and Vinny Miller (9-34).

Joining Riley as defensive stars were junior Brandon McCladdie and freshman Dondray Copeland, who both came up with interceptions. Copeland returned his pick 37 yards to set up a touchdown. Mitchell Jeter, who along with Riley and defensive end Mark Thomas was a member of the SoCon All-Freshman Team last year, was credited with a sack as was first-year player Austin Harrell, who redshirted a year ago.

The Blue team scored the first time two times it had the ball. Middleton had a 40-yard run to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Vinny Miller. White then led a 62-yard drive that included his 14-yard run to convert a long third down and a one-yard plunge into the end zone to give the Blues a 14-0 lead.

Trevino ran 26 yards to the Blue six and Miller hit Thompson for a touchdown on the next play to make it 14-7. Durham brought back his interception to the Blue 27, and Aaron Miller covered 16 of the yards with his feet including the final three to make it 14-14 at halftime.

Football Holds Career Night

The football program held its 8th Annual Career Night on Friday, giving current players an opportunity to meet and learn from past Bulldog players who have enjoyed success in their postgraduate life.

The event took place at The Wells Fargo Lecture Auditorium, Room 165 in Bond Hall. Former players that spoke were Hall of Famer Bobby Schwarze '59, Anthony Jenkins '90, Stanley Myers '99, Chris Gibbs '05, Nehemiah Broughton '05 and Duran Lawson '08.

"Molly Mae" Captures CFA's Beautiful Bulldog Contest

"Molly Mae," owned by Veronica Schwartz of Georgetown, captured the top prize in The Citadel Football Association's Third Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium. 

Held in conjunction with Saturday’s football spring game, "Molly Mae" was voted the Most Beautiful Bulldog out of 31 English Bulldogs representing 14 cities that entered the pageant. "Bowie," owned by Vicki & Paul Gillis of Mt. Pleasant, was voted runner-up. Gillis is a former football player and is a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame.

"Dottie," owned by Jeremiah & Liz Bacon of Mt. Pleasant and who was featured in Southern Living and Charleston Wedding Magazine, was voted Ms. Congeniality while "Rose," the daughter of Citadel mascot "General" and who is owned by Fred & Donna Ducker of Murrels Inlet, was selected as runner-up.

In other categories, "Maximus," owned by Greg & Karry Bellamy of Mt. Pleasant and who captured last year's Beautiful Bulldog Contest, was named Mr. Personality while "Gunner," who possesses an impressive collection of stuffed pigs and who is owned by Sgt. Todd Stone of Beaufort, was the runner-up.

"Rudy Drooliani," a noted lizard hunter who is owned by Cindy & Mike Counts of Aiken, was voted the bulldog with the Best Smile as the runner-up was "Frank," owned by Cari Stafford of Mt. Pleasant. "Tank," owned by Charles Usry of Greenville, captured the Best Costume category with "Bubble," owned by Frank Moore of Mt. Pleasant, was runner-up.

The Best Tail Wagger went to "Butter," owned by Stefanie Sudduth of Daniel Island, while the runner-up went to "Ringo Starr IV," owned by Bob & Christyne Pride of Mt. Pleasant. "Charles Belvedere," owned by Shari Boyd of Forest, Va., was recognized as the bulldog which traveled the furthest.

The master of ceremonies for the contest was Richard Todd while the celebrity judges were Keke Collins of WCSC-TV, John Nugent of WCIV-TV and Bobby Hartin of ESPN Sports Radio.  Proceeds benefit The Citadel Football Association and the college’s live mascots, “General” and “Boo.”

All-Time Winners

2011 – "Dixie Blue," owned by Kathleen & Eric Wooten of Charleston
2012 – "Maximus," owned by Greg & Karry Bellamy of Mt. Pleasant
2013 – "Molly Mae," owned by Veronica Schwartz of Georgetown

Buy an Aerial Photo of Johnson Hagood Stadium; Proceeds Benefit TCBF and Live Bulldog Mascots

Assistant Athletics Director/Facilities Mike Groshon ’76 has come across 40 aerial photos of a filled Johnson Hagood Stadium (see attached) that TCBF is selling for only $10.  Of the $10, five dollars will go toward athletic scholarships while the remaining five dollars will go toward the feeding of the college’s two live bulldog mascots, General and Boo.

To order yours, please call us at 843/953-5277.

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:

“A lot of people thought we’d be a team that just scores a run here and there.  But we’ve hit the long ball pretty well and we’re driving in runs with two outs. Coach (Fred) Jordan always said, two-out RBIs win championships.”

  • Senior pitcher Austin Pritcher, on the baseball team’s early-season successes.

“In this league, you’ve got to be satisfied with two out of three on the weekend.”

  • Coach Fred Jordan, after the Bulldogs took two of three against defending conference tournament champion Samford over the weekend.


“Phil Hartig used to hit some of the longest homers I’ve seen from a right-handed hitter.  But two of those balls Bo hit the other night — those were two of the longest I’ve ever seen.
  • Coach Jordan, on Bo Thompson’s home runs.  Of note, Hall of Famer Phil Hartig is the college’s all-time home run leader.

“Our trainer told me before that game, if you just hit home runs, you won’t have to run.  I guess I took it to heart. It was the best night I’ve ever had, so far.”

  • Designated hitter/first baseman Bo Thompson, who has been hobbled by an ankle sprain that caused him to miss three games, on his three-homers Friday night and his pregame discussion with trainer Matt Smith.

“Trey has had a really good camp for us.  He made some big throws on that last drive.”


  • Football coach Kevin Higgins, on redshirt freshman quarterback Trey White, after the spring football game on Saturday.

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Upcoming Birthdays

Mar. 17            Jon Cole                                  Administration
Mar. 20            Geoff Von Dollen                   Administration

Upcoming Events

April 15              Basketball Banquet @ Pearson Lounge of JHS
May 22-26         Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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