May 10, 2013

Today's Blue & White - May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

First Pitch!

To begin, we wish all of our reading mothers a Happy Mothers’ Day on Sunday.

Speaking of which, the first 200 mothers that come to the baseball game on Sunday against rival College of Charleston at 1 pm at Riley Park will receive a carnation, compliments of The Greenery on Calhoun Street and The Citadel Department of Athletics.

That College of Charleston series this weekend, beginning this afternoon (Friday) at 4pm will be followed by Saturday’s game at 2 pm and Sunday’s at 1, is looming large with regard to the Southern Conference standings.  Please support the Diamond Dogs during this last homestand of the season.

This week’s salutes go to the 10 cadet-student-athletes that were honored at Awards Convocation (see below) and to ace Austin Pritcher for earning his second pitcher of the month citation from the Southern Conference.  We also salute quarterback Ben Dupree for being named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list.

We also offer a huge shout-out to Travis Jervey ’95, who will be enshrined Monday night in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.  A contingent of Citadel folks will be in Columbia to support Travis on Monday for the event. 

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

10 Cadet-Student-Athletes Honored at The Citadel’s Annual Awards Convocation

Ten cadet-student-athletes were honored at The Citadel’s annual Awards Convocation last week in McAlister Field House which is held conjunction with the school’s Commencement Week.

Wrestler Odie Delaney received The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award, which is selected annually by members of the graduating class. The honor recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel’s athletic program and the Corps of Cadets.

Rachael Farrell, a four-year member of the volleyball team, was honored with The Hemingway Award, which is presented to a senior who, throughout his or her cadet career, made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets.

Several athletes were also nominated by college department heads and chosen by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges selection committee based on strength of character and academic development; military achievement and leadership participation; leadership and excellence in cadet activities; and participation and excellence in athletics at the varsity, intramural and club sports level.

Below are the cadet-student-athletes that were selected for Who’s Who:

  • Jordan Ashley, Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Devin Bice, Football
  • Terri Craig, Rifle
  • Emily Dalton, Volleyball
  • Rachael Farrell, Volleyball
  • Brandon McCladdie, Football
  • Julia McCullohs, Rifle
  • Micah Wessinger, Cross Country/Track & Field

Travis Jervey to Be Enshrined in South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday Night

For only the 11th time in history, a person with ties to The Citadel will be enshrined in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

On Monday night in Columbia, Travis Jervey ’95, who was inducted in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame last fall, will join football coach Art Baker, quarterback  Jack Douglas ‘92, football standout Larkin Jennings, Jr. ‘33, football all-star Paul Maguire ‘60, running back Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell ‘81, boxer F.W. “Gunner” Ohlandt ‘51, baseball coach Chal Port, linebacker Brian Ruff ‘77, defensive lineman John Small ‘70, and football coach Sidney Smith as those with ties to The Citadel in the state hall of fame.

A Charleston native, Jervey waited his turn to play at The Citadel after backing up All-American Everette Sands for three seasons, but when his time came he had six 100-yard rushing games in 1994 and his 224 yards against VMI is the fourth-best effort in school history. His 96-yard run on the opening play in the 1994 Oyster Bowl against VMI in Norfolk, Va., remains the longest running play in school history. In 1994, he gained 1,171 yards, good for fifth in school history, and no one has rushed for more yards since. Jervey averaged 7.7 yards per carry that season – tops in school history – and had 12 touchdowns.

He ranked third in the SoCon in rushing and sixth in scoring in 1994 and was named second team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and media. For his career, he rushed for 1,490 yards. Jervey played professionally for nine years with the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons, and is the first Citadel player ever to win a Super Bowl ring (1996). Jervey earned Pro Bowl honors in 1997 and was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Also entering the Hall of Fame with Jervey as members of the Class of 2013 include former South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner and former USC baseball star Hank Small; former Clemson director of athletics Bill McLellan, quarterback Homer Jordan and former “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Phillips; Furman basketball standout Clyde Mayes; and Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball coach David Horton.

The event, which is expected to draw a crowd of approximately 900 to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, is sold out. 

Baseball Drops Davidson Series

Despite hitting six home runs, including three by Joe Jackson, The Citadel found itself on the wrong end of a doubleheader against Davidson, falling to the Wildcats by scores of 6-4 and 12-8 on Saturday at Riley Park.

Jackson homered twice in the first game and added another in the nightcap to give him 11 on the year after entering the 2013 campaign with only one round tripper his first two seasons. The junior catcher went 8-for-13 with seven runs scored and nine RBI in the series, raising his team-leading total to 50 in the latter category. He has homered in seven consecutive SoCon series.

Calvin Orth also homered in the first game and had two hits in both contests to run his hitting streak to a career-best 13, the longest for a Bulldog this season. Drew DeKerlegand had a grand slam and set a career- high with five RBI, and Johnathan Stokes contributed a solo shot in the second game. Hughston Armstrong went 0-for-4 in the opener to see his 11-game hitting streak come to an end.

On Friday, The Citadel established season highs in runs and hits in a 22-7 win over Davidson in the opening game of a Southern Conference series at Riley Park.

The run total was the highest since a 25-14 victory at Davidson on April 21, 2007 and the most at Riley Park since a 22-2 victory over Wofford on March 18, 2000. The 22 hits were the most since accumulating 23 against Appalachian State on March 26, 2010. Orth (five hits) and Mason Davis (four) both set new career highs while Jackson matched his career best by driving in five runs.

Every Bulldog starter scored a run, seven crossed the plate at least twice and The Citadel also had six players with multiple hits and six with two or more RBI. The previous high in runs this season was 18 at Wofford on March 17 and the season-best in hits was 19 in the first game of a doubleheader at Furman last Saturday.

Orth had two singles, two doubles and a triple to fall a home run shy of the cycle for the second time this season. The junior first baseman extended his hitting streak to a career-long 11 games and raised his average from .272 to .325 over that stretch. Armstrong also has an 11-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 with three runs scored on Friday.

After grounding out in the first, Jackson drove in runs in his next four at bats including a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI base hit an inning later. Brett Bullard also starred for the Bulldogs, setting season highs with three hits including two doubles and four runs scored while knocking in a pair to match his season best.

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

Austin Pritcher Captures Southern Conference Pitcher of the Month for Second Time this Season

For the second time this season, senior right-hander Austin Pritcher has been named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Month (April), adding to the award he earned for February.

Pritcher turned in four quality starts in April and earned two wins and had a pair of no-decisions. In 29 2/3 innings, he limited foes to 20 hits (just four for extra bases) and four runs, walked six and struck out 20. He had an ERA of 1.21 for the month, lowering his season mark to 2.40 to take over the SoCon lead in that category, while his opponents' batting average of .227 is also the best in the league.

He had two starts in which he did not allow a run, including a complete game, 6-0 shutout of Furman in Greenville last Friday in which he did not walk a batter and fanned six. He retired the first 11 Paladins, set the side down in order five times and only had multiple runners on base in two innings. For that performance he was chosen the SoCon Pitcher of the Week.

It was the first complete game by a Citadel pitcher this season and Pritcher's second career shutout. He defeated UNC Greensboro, 3-0, last April 13.

Pritcher also blanked Georgia Southern over seven innings on April 12 in an 11-0 Citadel victory that launched the team's 10-game winning streak that was snapped on Saturday’s game against Furman.

The James Island High graduate was also solid in his two no-decisions during the month. On April 5 against Elon he worked seven innings and gave up three hits and two runs with five strikeouts. Two weeks later he surrendered seven hits and two runs with a pair of strikeouts in The Citadel's 6-3 win over Appalachian State.

Quarterback Ben Dupree Named to CFPA Watch List for 2013 Campaign

Senior quarterback Ben Dupree has been selected as one of 32 Football Championship Subdivision signal callers on the College Football Performance Awards watch list for the upcoming 2013 season.

Dupree, from Harrisburg, Pa., enters his final year at The Citadel with 1,671 rushing yards, ranking 17th in school history and trailing only Jack Douglas (3,908) and Stanley Myers (2,055) among Bulldog quarterbacks. Dupree needs 329 yards to become the 11th player to reach 2,000 yards on the ground.

He has scored 18 touchdowns in his career to place 11th in The Citadel record book. Through the air he has completed 53 of 103 passes (51.5 percent) for 656 yards and three touchdowns.

Last year Dupree started all 11 games for the second straight season and carried 161 times for 839 yards and nine touchdowns while hitting on 25 of 45 passes for 387 yards and three scores. He ranked ninth in the Southern Conference in rushing and 10th in total offense.

Dupree was the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for another 56 yards to lead the Bulldogs to a 52-28 win at Appalachian State. He also had two rushing touchdowns against Charleston Southern and Western Carolina, and added a 100-yard game against Elon.

Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame, now in its 12th year and created to recognize those who have made significant contributions to baseball in the Lowcountry, is seeking nominations for the Class of 2013.

Originally designed for professional players who played for local professional team, the Hall of Fame seven years ago was adjusted to include amateurs and teams, in addition to those who played in the major leagues.

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and once an individual or team has been nominated, there is no need to re-submit.

Last year’s class included The Citadel’s Gettys Glaze, James Island High coach Tom Hatley and Diamond Devils coach John Rhodes.

Other Citadel-related inductees include Coach Chal Port (2006), The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series team along with Anthony Jenkins (2007),  Richard Wieters (2008), and both Donald Morillo and Doug Pounder (2009). Also inducted were Lee Glaze and Coach Fred Jordan (2010).

To nominate an individual or a team for consideration in 2013, please forward appropriate support information to Andy Solomon at andy.solomon@citadel.edu or call him at 843/953-6300.

The Boo’s Personal Gun to Be Auctioned

Here is the chance to own a piece of Citadel history.

East Coast Guns is auctioning a Colt 1911 (M19911A1) Series 80 that was presented to the legendary Lt. Col. T.N. Courvoisie (“The Boo”) by some of his “Lambs” in 1999.  All proceeds from this auction will benefit The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s on-going effort to fund athletic scholarships.

The auction will be in writing either via email (manager@eastcoastgunshop.com), mailed or dropped off at East Coast Guns (1725 North Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483).  Bids must contain the bidder’s name, email address, mailing address and a telephone number.

Bidding concludes at 4 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013.  The current high bid will be posted on East Coast Gun Shop’s Facebook page each Friday at noon.  The minimum starting bid is $1,500.

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.

4th Annual CFA Lady Bulldogs Football 101 Set for July 26

Looking for a quick and easy Mother’s Day gift?

The Citadel Football Association’s 4th Annual Lady Bulldogs Football 101 will be held on  Friday, July 26, from 4:30-9 pm at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  Cost is $50 per lady or two for $85.  Register now at www.cfabulldogs.org – click to have Gift Certificate emailed.

And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which means it's time to get your SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on.  Skin cancer can develop anywhere. Here are five things to watch for and get checked:

  • Asymmetry: a mole in which one half looks differently from another;
  • Border:  irregular shapes of moles;
  • Color:  varied color in moles;
  • Diameter:  Moles that exceed the size of a pencil eraser;
  • Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different or is changing in size.

Source:  CharlestonCurrents.com

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!

They Said It:

“We call him Jo Jo, Jonathan Johnson, Joe Johnson, Shoes, Shoe-y. Pretty much anything but Joe Jackson.”

 
  • Senior right-hander Austin Pritcher, on catcher Joe Jackson, the great-great-great-nephew of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

“We need to finish strong in the league. You’ve got to start playing well now to have confidence going into the SoCon Tournament. If you don’t have confidence going in, it’s hard to go out and think you are going to win it.”

 
  • Jackson, on finishing the season.  Of note, the Southern Conference Tournament will be held at Flour Field in Greenville, Jackson’s hometown.

Upcoming Birthdays

May 21            Buddy Wellman                      Administration
May 23            Al Buddin                                Administration

Upcoming Events

May 14            Sumter Citadel Club Meeting ((Evening)
May 15            Greenwood Citadel Club Meeting (Lunch)
May 16            Augusta Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 20            Columbia Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 21            Rock Hill Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 22-26       Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC
May 22            Charlotte Citadel Club Meeting (Lunch)
                       Chester Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 30            Beaufort Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 31            Greenville Citadel Club Meeting (Noon golf)
June 6             Summerville Citadel Club (Golf)
Aug. 22           15th Annual Kickoff Golf Classic @Wild Dunes Resort
                      Citadel Club of Charleston Shrimp & Beer Night @Beach House

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

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

Layout/Distribution...........Brian Gargone

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