Today's Blue & White March 23, 2012

First Pitch!

Cars are double-parked all along Jones Avenue in front of the battalions as cadets rush to their various Spring Break destinations.  And Spike can’t blame them as he vaguely remembers his spring breaks.


To highlight this week’s issue, Odie Delaney missed All-America status by one victory at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.  The Spring Football Game drew a nice and enthusiastic crowd, as did the 2nd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest last Saturday.  Baseball snapped a losing skid with a win over Charleston Southern, and now plays at Minnesota for a three-game series. 


The Basketball Banquet is set for April 9 (open to the public) and the 24th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation Auction is slated for April 14.  We hope you can attend both events.


Dates for the various Citadel Area Clubs around the region have been set, and we’ll ask that you review them as they are posted below, under “Upcoming Events.”  If you have any questions surrounding these events, please contact Caleb Davis in The Citadel Brigadier Foundation office at 843/953-6813 or email him at


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


Blue Edges White in Football’s Spring Game

In an exciting, back-and-forth spring game at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Blue squad prevailed, 24-21, behind a rushing attack that saw four different ball carriers gain more than 50 yards and a key defensive stop in the fourth quarter.


The Blue scored the winning touchdown with 10:24 remaining on a 2-yard run by Terrell Dallas.  The White appeared poised to regain the advantage just moments later when quarterback-turned-wide receiver Matt Thompson hit Domonic Jones on a 43-yard completion, but the Blue defense stopped Ben Dupree just short on fourth down at the 19 with 4:11 left and then picked up three first downs to run out the clock.


Aaron Miller led the Blue on the ground with 96 yards on 18 carries while VanDyke Jones had an impressive performance with 62 yards on only five attempts.  Dallas finished with 58 yards, and Rickey Anderson added 54 as the Blue outrushed the White, 269-177, and held a 310-225 advantage in total offense.


The Blue embarked on its game-winning drive with 3:57 left in the third quarter, a march that included a 22-yard completion from Miller to Greg Adams on 3rd and 11.  Dallas then bulled in to cap a spring which saw him return to action after missing all but the first play of the 2011 season with a knee injury.


Dupree, who led the White offense with 60 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, gave his team its final lead of the game on a 6-yard run following a fumble recovery by Bay Amrhein at the Blue 35 before the Blue went on the deciding drive.


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Delaney Runs One Win Shy of All-America Status at NCAA Wrestling Championships

Odie Delaney was stopped just one victory shy of All-American status as he and Turtogtokh Luvsandorj wrapped up the Bulldogs' 2012 season at the NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday evening in St. Louis, Mo.


Delaney began the day by facing the No.1 seed in the heavyweight division, Ryan Flores of American University, in Session III Friday morning in the quarterfinal round.  Flores showed why he was the top-ranked wrestler by scoring a takedown with 1:34 left in the first period and adding three nearfall points for a 5-0 lead.  Flores continued to apply pressure on Delaney and finished the match with a pin at the 2:27 mark.  The fall marked the first time Delaney was pinned this season.


Relegated to the consolation bracket in Session IV, Delaney needed just one more victory to gain All-American status by reaching the placement matches.  In his way was the No. 7 seed, Jeremy Johnson of Ohio.  Delaney scored an early takedown eight seconds into the match and gained 43 seconds of riding time before Johnson escaped to end the first period.


Johnson started the second period on the bottom and escaped to even the score at 2-2 and added a takedown for a 4-2 lead.  Delaney was called for his second stalling late in the second to give Johnson a penalty point and a 5-2 advantage heading to the third.  Johnson scored a takedown 12 seconds into the final period and handed Delaney his second defeat of the day via fall 13 seconds later at the 5:25 mark.


Luvsandorj began Session III with a 7-3 decision over Lance Bryson of West Virginia.  After a scoreless first period, Luvsandorj deferred and Bryson choose bottom, escaping just seconds into the second period.  Luvsandorj scored a takedown with 1:29 left in the period and Bryson escaped, but a late takedown with two seconds remaining gave Luvsandorj a 4-2 lead.  The Cadet started the third period on the bottom and escaped, then scored a takedown 10 seconds to seal the 7-3 victory.


In his next match, Luvsandorj faced Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland.  After a scoreless first period, the two wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third to enter sudden victory, tied 1-1.  Fighting for their tournament lives, the two battled hard for the first 90 seconds before Sheptock shot in and scored the winning takedown with 23 seconds left to score a 3-1 SV decision over Luvsandorj.


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Baseball Swept at App State; Holds off Charleston Southern

Four pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and Mason Davis had a two-run triple in a four-run seventh inning as The Citadel blanked visiting Charleston Southern, 4-0, Tuesday evening at Joseph P. Riley, Jr.  Park.  After the two teams kept each other scoreless through six frames, the Bulldogs exploded for four runs in the seventh to earn the victory.  Bo Thompson led off the inning with a single through the right side and Hayden Hendry pinch ran.  Drew DeKerlegand dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Hendry to second and a walk by Calvin Orth put a pair of runners on.  Ryne Hardwick grounded out to third, advancing the runners to second and third for Hughston Armstrong, who connected on a 3-1 pitch for a RBI single to score Hendry for the 1-0 lead and moved to second on the throw to the plate.   Davis drove a pitch that painted the right-field line, raced around the bases for a two-run triple and put the home side up 3-0.  Davis would later score on a wild pitch for the 4-0 lead.


The Citadel scored three runs in the top of the ninth, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate and Appalachian State held on for a 7-6 victory over the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at Smith Stadium. The loss gave the host Mountaineers a Southern Conference series sweep over the Bulldogs.


With Appalachian leading 7-3 heading to the final inning, Bo Thompson drew a leadoff walk and Grant Richards pinch-ran for the Bulldogs' designated hitter.  Armstrong lined a pinch-hit single to center, moving Richards to second and DeKerlegand loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single through the right side.  Orth lined a 0-1 pitch to right for a RBI single, cutting the deficit to 7-4.  The Mountaineers then recorded two quick outs, but Joe Jackson came through with a two-run single up the middle, scoring Armstrong and DeKerlegand.  TJ Clarkson entered the game to pinch-run for Orth at second, and on the first pitch, Nick Orvin looped a single into right field.  Clarkson rounded third and the throw from Appalachian right fielder Tyler Tewell beat Clarkson by three feet, with catcher Jeremy Dowdy applying the tag to end the game.


On Saturday, Appalachian State used a six-run second inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and clinched the Southern Conference weekend series with 9-4 victory over The Citadel.  Jackson and Justin Mackert had two hits apiece while Davis clubbed his first career home run.


Despite a four-hit performance from Orvin, The Citadel was unable to hold on to a five-run lead Friday evening and host Appalachian State scored 10 unanswered runs for a 10-5 victory in Southern Conference action at Smith Stadium.  Orvin, and his season-high four hits, was the hot bat for the Bulldogs' offense, blasting a two-run homer in the first inning after Jackson drew a one-out walk.  The round-tripper was Orvin's first of the season and 19th of his career.


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Interested in Enjoying A Luxury Suite to Watch the Diamond Dogs Play at Riley Park?

The Citadel's Department of Athletics is now positioned to offer you the opportunity to enjoy one of the luxury suites at beautiful Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.


These suites provide a unique entertainment experience to be shared with friends and/or business associates.  A variety of menu items, from hot dogs to caviar, are available from our good friends at the Charleston RiverDogs (food and beverages are not included in the rental fee).  The suite is equipped with interior seating, standing room and 16 outdoor balcony seats, all with a panoramic view of the game, park and the scenic Ashley River.


To find out how you can rent one of the suites for the baseball season, please contact Jeremy Helms at 843/743-6155 or email him at


David Melton Captures School Record in Pole Vault as Bulldogs Conclude Shamrock Invitational

David Melton cleared the pole vault bar at 15'7" at the three-day Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach to break a 31-year-old record of 15'6" set by Bill Burke in 1981.  The Mt. Pleasant native now holds both the Bulldogs’ indoor and outdoor pole vault records.

Ellison Glenn accumulated a 10-event point total of 5,902 in the decathlon to capture first place among collegiate athletes to move him into fourth place all-time for the Bulldogs, while Nicole Levermann recorded a personal best in the heptathlon with a seven-event total of 4,210 points.  The mark was good enough for 10th place among collegiate athletes and moved her into third all-time in the event.


Sophomore Andriana Love had a huge weekend, earning personal bests in the 100m hurdles (15.29), shot put (41'7.25") and javelin (117'11").  Also in the field, Quintin Turner nabbed sixth place in the discus with a toss of 149'4" and 11th in the hammer throw with a heave of 161'9".  Turner fell just short of the team's top 10 in the shot put with a 48'11.75", while Dylan Gidado tossed the shot put a personal-best 47'4.25".


Eddie Jones and Valian Brown both jumped outdoor personal-best marks of 46'.75" and 44'11", respectively, in the triple jump. Clay Allen continues to chase the school record as he hurled the javelin 190'1" to capture eighth place.  Allen, who posted a mark of 202'5" last week at the Palmetto Classic, needs a throw of 204'10" to surpass current assistant coach Kris Kut.


On the track, Micah Wessinger took second place among collegiate participants in the 800m, running a season-best time of 2:13.05.  Danielle McKee earned 20th place in the same event with a 2:19.62.


The women's 4x400m and 4x200m relay teams both had impressive outings on the weekend.  The 4x400m team of Wessinger, McKee, Alexandria Moss and Tanisha Bethel shattered the school record with a 3:56.85, while the 4x200m team of Moss, Vanessa Hope, Francesca McCrary and Bethel captured third all-time, clocking in at 1:46.83.

In the 10,000, Austin Waldrop posted a personal-best time of 32:41.17 to earn sixth place for the meet and improve on his eighth-place standing in the record books.  Jamaal Brantley and Brandon Fetrow closed the weekend with notable marks in the 400m hurdles as Brantley posted a 56.91 for 31st place while Fetrow set a new personal-best time of 58.42.


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Orces Shines at No. 1 Singles

David Orces claimed the lone point for the Bulldogs in a 6-1 loss to Samford in a Southern Conference tennis match on Wednesday at the Earle Tennis Center.   In a battle that took four hours, Orces was the bright light for The Citadel as the junior collected his eighth victory of the season by defeating Zac Dunkle, the SoCon Player of the Week for Feb. 14 and March 20.  Orces has had a hot racquet having earned his fifth consecutive win in the No. 1 singles position and improved his record to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.


On Sunday in Davidson, NC, Orces posted a three-set victory over his Davidson rival but the Wildcats prevailed, 6-1.  Orces won his match by 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 scores and was the lone Bulldog to take his opponent to three sets.  Orces doubled with James Atkinson to play in the No. 1 slot, and the duo lost, 8-7, in the closest of the three doubles matches.


On Saturday in Spartanburg, Orces posted a three-set victory to account for the Bulldogs’ lone point in Wofford’s 6-1 victory.  Atkinson, playing in the No. 4 slot, took his opponent to a third set before losing, 6-7, 6-3, and 10-6.  The No. 3 doubles team of Elliott Sperr/Alex Howle won their match, 9-7.


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Volleyball Concludes Spring Schedule with Victory

The volleyball team concluded its 2012 spring schedule following a five-set match against South Carolina State on Wednesday evening.  The Cadets claimed their third victory of the slate by scores of 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 15-7.


Basketball Banquet Set for April 9

The basketball team’s annual banquet has been set for Monday, April 9, at the Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  At this gathering, which is open to the public for $30/person, the team will be recognized by second-year coach Chuck Driesell as he and his staff present individual awards.


For more information and reservations, please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 or email him at


Date for 24th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down April 14 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 24th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.  If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.


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 and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!


College Seeks Past Mascot Information

Did your or any of your family’s pet bulldog ever roam the sidelines of Johnson Hagood Stadium for a home football game?  If so, we want to know more about it.


Specifically, we are seeking the name(s) of any former live Citadel mascot(s) and the dates in which the dog served as the Cadets’ lucky charm for a minimum of four events.  If you have photos, we’d love to have those as well.


If you can help, please contact Assistant Athletic Director/Facilities Mike Groshon at 843/953-2161 or email him at


Maximus Wins Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Maximus, owned by Greg and Karry Bellamy of Mt. Pleasant, was named the most Beautiful Bulldog during The Citadel Football Association's Second Annual contest at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday.


Maximus won over 46 other English bulldogs.


Prizes were awarded for the best St. Patrick's Day costume, best overall costume, best smile, best tailwagger, Miss Congeniality and Mr. Personality.


He Said It:

“We’ve pitched fairly well for the most part, but we’ve been inconsistent at times in our bullpen in the late innings.”



Upcoming Events

Apr. 9              Basketball Banquet @Pearson Lounge

Apr. 14            24th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

Apr. 25            Central Savannah River Area Club Meeting

Apr. 26            Atlanta Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 3              Calhoun & Orangeburg Area Club Golf Outing & Meeting

May 8              Sumer Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 10            Greenwood Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 11            Greenville County/Spartanburg Citadel Club Golf Outing & Meeting

May 17            Pee Dee Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 18            Columbia Area Citadel Club Golf Outing & Meeting

May 22            Chester/Winnsboro Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 23            Rock Hill/York/Charlotte Area Citadel Club Meeting

June 7              Summerville Area Citadel Club Golf Outing & Meeting                  



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