March 22, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Mar. 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

First Pitch!

Perhaps it is global warming, but the azaleas around campus and neighboring Hampton Park have been blooming for a spell, but they’re now at near-peak explosion which makes for nice and colorful scenery.

Three cadet-student-athletes are representing The Citadel and Southern Conference at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and we invite you to follow their progress on www.CitadelSports.com.  We wish the best of luck to Odie Delaney, Matt Frisch and sixth-seeded Ugi Khishignyam, along with Coach Rob Hjerling.

We had a great atmosphere at Riley Park on Tuesday night at the USC Gamecocks baseball team came to town to battle the Bulldogs.  Nearly 6,000 fans saw a darn good game, and the Cadets – despite two consecutive setbacks to USC and College of Charleston – are playing well.  Rivalry Week continues as we host Charleston Southern on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, while sprinting up I-26 on Saturday to face the Bucs.

We tip our collective caps to designated hitter/first baseman Bo Thompson for being named the league’s player of the week.  We also salute the women's 4x100m team of Taylor Viana, Tanisha Bethel, Chalita Johnson and Danielle Williams for breaking the school record and to Austin Waldrop where the senior broke a 32-year-old school distance running record.  

And finally, we still need you to vote for Mike Groselle (until March 25) as he continues to top the Senior CLASS Award voting.  Take a moment and vote for Mike at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/ daily.

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

Three Grapplers Participate in NCAAs

Odie Delaney, Matt Frisch and sixth-seeded Ugi Khishignyam are ready to take on the nation's top competition at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship at the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

All three took the mats on Thursday morning in pursuit of the podium and the coveted All-America status. The top eight placers from each division earn the honorable title. The Citadel has just one All-American in its storied history as Dan Thompson took seventh place in the 165-pound division at the 2006 NCAA Championship to accomplish the feat.

Khishignyam, a redshirt freshman, is 38-4 at the 141-pound weight class and had a perfect 7-0 conference mark.  Delaney, at heavyweight, recorded a 37-7 season and enters his fourth national competition and third in the heavyweight bracket. The redshirt senior, who is currently riding a 17-match winning streak, has placed his mark in The Citadel record book, eclipsing Travis Piccard ('06) for second most wins in school history with 120 and overtaking the number two spot in career pins with 58. 

Frisch is 30-13 on the season at the 157-pound class. He transferred to The Citadel after redshirting one season at Northern Illinois and made an immediate impact in the heart of the lineup. The redshirt freshman coasted through the Southern Conference with a 7-0 mark en route to earning the 157-pound title at the conference championship.

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 (http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/)

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 andy.solomon@citadel.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Baseball Takes Wofford Series; Drops A Pair of Rival Games

On Wednesday College of Charleston took advantage of 10 walks to produce three big innings and that proved to be enough in an 11-7 win over The Citadel in a non-conference game at Patriots Point.

The Citadel led twice in the game, including taking a 6-4 advantage with five runs in the top of the fourth. Brett Bullard bounced a single into right field to plate the first run of the inning, and Johnathan Stokes drove in two more with a line drive base hit to left.  An infield hit by Hughston Armstrong and a groundout by Mason Davis scored a run each to cap the inning. But the lead would prove to be short lived when the Cougars put up three in the bottom of the frame helped by four walks including one with the bases loaded.

Three more free passes led directly to a three-run College of Charleston sixth and an 11-6 Bulldog deficit. The Citadel could muster only one run over the final five innings when Bo Thompson slammed his team- and SoCon-leading eighth home run of the season in the eighth.

No. 5-ranked South Carolina hit three home runs including a two-run shot by Joey Pankake in the ninth that put the finishing touches on a 9-5 victory over The Citadel before a crowd of 5,838 on Tuesday night at Riley Park.

The Citadel trailed 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh when pinch hitter Bullard doubled to left and Armstrong reached on a bunt single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Drew DeKerlegand followed with a shot to the alley in left center for a triple which drove in both runners, and DeKerlegand raced home when the relay throw from Pankake eluded the third baseman to pull the Bulldogs within a run.

But South Carolina responded with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth on Pankake's fifth home run of the season off Skylar Hunter. The round tripper was the first allowed this season by the Bulldogs' freshman closer. The Citadel struck first in the opening inning against Gamecock starter Jack Wynkoop when Davis tripled to center and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Joe Jackson.

The Citadel recorded its biggest scoring inning in nine years when 10 men crossed the plate in the top of the first, and the Bulldogs went on to an 18-9 victory over Wofford to take two of three in the Southern Conference series in Spartanburg.

Freshman right hander Austin Mason earned the first SoCon victory of his young career by working into the sixth and allowing nine hits and six runs with three walks and three strikeouts. Kevin Connell relieved Mason and gave up two hits but pitched out of a bases loaded, one out jam including a fly out to the warning track. Zach Sherrill worked the eighth for his 16th appearance of the season, the top mark in the SoCon, while David Rivera finished up in his 15th game of the year.

The Citadel banged out seven hits and drew five walks in the first and reached double figures in runs in an inning for the first time since scoring 11 against Charleston Southern on March 23, 2004. The record for most runs scored in a first inning is 12, which was set against Salisbury State on March 21, 1983.

Fifteen batters came to the plate in the opening inning that was capped by a three-run homer by Joe Jackson. The junior catcher also walked with the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings to match his career high with five RBI.

In Saturday’s win, Ryne Hardwick drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit double in the eighth, and Skylar Hunter locked down the lead with two innings of perfect relief as The Citadel evened its weekend series at Wofford with a 9-8 victory.

After Wofford battled back from an 8-3 deficit to tie the game in the seventh, Tyler Griffin and Johnathan Stokes drew walks to lead off the top of the eighth. Calvin Orth sacrificed the runners up a base, and Hardwick lofted a fly ball that dropped in medium left center to score Griffin to put The Citadel back in front. Hardwick was making only his sixth plate appearance of the season but came through with his third hit including second double and first RBI.

Hunter came in to start the bottom of the eighth and proceeded to strike out the side. After the Bulldogs were retired in the top of the ninth, Hunter breezed through the bottom of the frame, getting a ground out and two pop outs, with Hunter himself taking care of one of the infield flies, to record his fifth save of the season. The Bulldogs appeared on their way to a comfortable win when they scored four times in the fifth to build an 8-3 cushion. Hughston Armstrong doubled and scored on a Bo Thompson single, and Griffin followed with a three-run blast to right center, his sixth homer of the year and second of the series.

In the opener on Friday, Wofford scored two runs on an infield single in the bottom of the seventh, and the bullpen shut down The Citadel over the final two frames in a 5-4 Terrier victory.

Austin Pritcher allowed only four hits in 6 1/3 innings but was charged with his first loss of the season after starting the year 3-0. The senior right hander allowed three runs (only one earned) in the first inning before blanking Wofford over the next five innings as The

Citadel took a 4-3 lead into the fateful bottom of seventh.

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

Bo Thompson Earns SoCon Player of the Week Citation

Sophomore Bo Thompson didn't let a sore ankle prevent him from putting up some impressive numbers over the past four games, earning him Southern Conference Player of the Week honors from the league office.

The first baseman/designated hitter is the second player of the week selected from The Citadel so far this season, with Drew DeKerlegand picking up the award on March 4. In addition, Tyler Griffin and Austin Pritcher were the SoCon Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for February.

Thompson went 9-for-18 (.500) in one game against Akron and a three-game SoCon series against Wofford. He had two doubles and two home runs, scored five runs and drove in six for a slugging percentage of .944 and an on-base mark of .571. Thompson sat out the other weekday game against the Zips.

He began the week by going 2-for-4 with two RBI in a 9-3 win over Akron on Wednesday, and his solo homer in the fifth wiped out a one-run Citadel deficit. He then went 7-for-14 to help the Bulldogs win the series against the Terriers (2-1) over the weekend.

Thompson had a two-run homer in the first inning and an RBI single to trigger a four-run fifth to lift The Citadel to a 9-8 victory in the middle game of the Wofford series. He had three more hits in an 18-9 win in the finale including a double and single as part of a 10-run first inning.

Thompson sat out three games after injuring his ankle on March 2 against VCU but has been red hot at the plate since his return against Samford six days later. He hit three home runs and drove in a career-high five runs in the opening game of the Samford series and is riding a career-high seven-game hitting streak (16-for-31, .516) with five homers and 12 RBI beginning with that contest.

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.

Two School Records Fall as The Citadel Track and Field Teams Complete Weekend Action

The women's 4x100m team of Taylor Viana, Tanisha Bethel, Chalita Johnson and Danielle Williams broke the school record with a time of 48.60 as the Bulldogs closed out action at the Georgia Southern Invite in Statesboro, Ga.

The Citadel also sent distance runner Austin Waldrop to Myrtle Beach for the Shamrock Invitational where the senior broke a 32-year-old school record in the event by posting a time of 31:24.58.  Waldrop broke Andrew Ciappa's mark set in Columbia, S.C., in 1981.

Micah Wessinger narrowly missed her personal best time in the 800m as the senior took first place with a 2:12.54, while Danielle McKee took second in the meet and moved into second all-time in the 800m with a 2:16.61.  Jackie Thompson clocked in at 2:29.44 in the 800m to move into eighth place in school history and took third.

Atom Young and Raeven Lantz both posted personal bests in the steeplechase. The duo took the top two spots in the event with times of 9:55.17 and 10:18.40, respectively.  Jessica DeWitte took third in the 5,000m with a time of 19:28.52 to move into ninth place all-time, while freshman Caillian Colquitt nabbed fourth with a 19:40.50.

In the field events, Geno Porter earned three first place finishes by throwing a personal best in the shot put with a heave of 41'6.5", a hammer toss of 122'6" and discus mark of 130'4".  Andi Love took second in the women's javelin with a throw of 109-feet, fourth in the shot put with 38'4" and fifth in the hammer at 119'1".

Eddie Jones jumped a season best 22'9" to win the long jump and leaped 45'3" to take first place in the triple jump, while Bethel nabbed fourth in the 100m with a time of 12.69 and seventh in the 200, clocking in at 25.63.

Tevin Williams won the 400 with a time of 51.07 and Jordan Johnson ran a personal-best 800 time of 1:58.27 to take second.

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

Netters Drop Matches to App State, Georgia Southern & Wofford

On Wednesday, Wofford split the singles matches but took the doubles point is a 4-3 victory over The Citadel at the Earle Tennis Center.

David Orces, Peter Bleach and Elliott Sperr captured their singles matches at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 spots, respectively, but only the doubles team of Bleach/Alex Howle could muster a victory, at 9-7.  The two other doubles matches had final scores of 9-7 and 9-8.

On Saturday, three singles matches went the full three sets but Georgia Southern survived them all en route to a 7-0 shutout of The Citadel at the Earle Tennis Center.

Orces (No. 1), Bleach (No. 3) and Jackson Price (No. 6) each went three sets with their GSU foe before falling.  The No. 2 doubles team of Bleach/ Howle went the furthest before bowing, 8-4.

Orces won his match at No. 1 singles and the Bulldogs captured the double point but Appalachian State triumphed, 5-2, in a Southern Conference match on Friday at the Earle Tennis Center. 

Orces took his match, 6-2, 6-3, and the doubles teams of Bleach/Howle won at No. 2 by an 8-5 margin and JC Pauli/Dillon Berkabile took their No. 3 match, by an 8-6 score.

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

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:

“I feel great about where the program is going.  I’m disappointed, we all are, that we haven’t won more games. It’s a process. … This is not the kind of place where you walk in and sign a bunch of McDonald’s All-Americans or a bunch of junior college transfers.”

 
  • Coach Chuck Driesell, on reflecting on the 2012-13 basketball season.

"We are confident and our guys are confident, which is good for a coach to see. We have been training hard and smart, and preparing for our opponents. We have to take it one match at a time and hope the guys are able to get on the podium on Saturday."

 
  • Head coach Rob Hjerling, on the Bulldogs at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

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
May 22-26         Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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

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

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