Today's Blue & White March 30, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, March 30, 2012


First Pitch!

Ah, spring break.

Because of spring break, it has been pretty quiet on campus, except for the 4,417 fans that came to Tuesday night’s baseball game against the University of South Carolina at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.  It was another great atmosphere at the ball yard, but the Gamecocks regrettably prevailed.

We remind you about the upcoming Basketball Banquet on April 9 and the TCBF Auction on April 14, and hope you’re making plans to attend (see specifics below).

Congratulations are extended to Jesse Ruiz, a volunteer assistant wrestling coach, who finished second at the 2012 FILA Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games, set for this August in London.

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


24th Annual TCBF Auction Gains Momentum

We’re certain that you have marked down April 14 on your calendar or IPhone as the date for the 24th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.  The auction’s theme “Blue & White Bash” continues, and the cost to attend the auction is $50 per person in advance and $75 per person at the door (so get your tickets in advance!).  In addition to the silent and live auctions, there will be a live band and an improved menu with an ample supply of beverages.  Sponsorship tables are available for $1,000 (and include a reserved table for 10 and gifts) and $500 (table for eight and gifts).  The ever-popular cash raffle, in which only 200 tickets are printed and the top three names selected win cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, has been re-named in memory of Col. Harvey Dick, who made the cash raffle a personal project. 

In upcoming issues, we’ll highlight some of the items that will be up for bid.  If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.


Baseball Swept at Minnesota; Falls to USC

No. 10 South Carolina jumped to a 3-1 lead and took advantage of four unearned runs in the fifth inning to pull away for a 7-3 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday at Riley Park.  The Gamecocks opened a 1-0 lead in the first and never trailed the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs scored one run in the bottom of the fourth when Nick Orvin led off the frame with a base hit.  With one out, Justin Mackert laced a RBI double over the leftfielder’s head, plating Orvin and cutting Carolina's lead to 3-1.  Orvin paced the offense with a pair of hits.

On Sunday, Austin Lubinsky tossed eight shutout innings and led Minnesota to a 5-0 shutout victory and a three-game sweep of The Citadel at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  Minnesota opened the scoring with a four-run third inning to jump on the Bulldogs for the second straight game.  After starter Logan Cribb retired the first batter of the frame, Trip Schultz drew a full-count walk and advanced to second on a balk.  Troy Larson singled to deep short, keeping Schultz at second.  Andy Henkemeyer followed with a RBI single to right, putting runners at the corners for Kurt Schlangen, who knocked a RBI single to left for a 2-0 advantage.  Mason Davis accounted for two of the Bulldogs’ five hits.

On Saturday, DJ Snelten struck out six over 7 2/3 innings and held The Citadel to four hits as Minnesota shutout the Bulldogs, 3-0 to clinch the weekend series.  Minnesota jumped on the scoreboard early, scoring three times in the bottom of the first for the only runs it would need. Troy Larson led off the frame with a full-count walk from starter Bryce Hines.  After Larson stole second, Henkemeyer plated the Gophers' lead-off man with a RBI triple down the right-field line.  Dan Olinger followed with a RBI single to right for a 2-0 Minnesota lead.  Bobby Juan hit into a fielder's choice, with Olinger retired at second for the first out of the inning.  Matt Halloran brought home the third run of the opening frame with a RBI triple to right center, scoring Juan from first for a 3-0 Gophers' lead.  Bo Thompson had three of the Bulldogs’ four hits.

In the opener on Friday, David Bettenburg knocked a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score Kurt Schlangen, capping a two-run final frame and giving host Minnesota a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over The Citadel.  Heading to the bottom of the ninth with a 1-0 lead, Olinger was hit on a 2-0 pitch by reliever Kevin Connell.  After a fly out to left, Olinger reached second on a throwing error by Joe Jackson on an attempted steal and as the ball rolled to the Minnesota dugout, Olinger took third.  Schlangen drew a walk from Connell to put runners at the corners with one away.  Schlangen stole second and with Bettenburg at the plate, Connell was called for a balk as Olinger faked a run towards home.  The balk brought home Olinger with the tying run and Bettenburg lifted a 2-2 pitch to deep right, but Hughston Armstrong's throw was not in time as the Gophers' pulled off the victory.  Davis had two of the team’s five hits.

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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


Allen Closes in on School Javelin Record at Weems Baskin Invitational

Clay Allen heaved the javelin a personal-best 204'6" to fall just four inches short of the school record as the Bulldogs participated at the Weems Baskin Invitational in Columbia.

Allen continues to post impressive marks in just his second season with the team. The Duncan native has finished in the top 10 at each of the three outdoor meets and currently stands second in the conference for the event.

On the track, distance runner Austin Waldrop recorded a second-place finish in the 5,000m (15:33.67), while Micah Wessinger finished 16th in the 400m as she posted a personal-best 57.67 to move into third place all-time.  Tanisha Bethel ran school top 10 times in the 100m and the 200m, recording marks of 12.61 (seventh all-time) and 25.61 (third all-time), respectively.  Freshman Alexandria Moss entered the top 10 in the 400m with a 1:00.86, moving her into a tie for eighth place.

Eddie Jones continued his successes in the triple jump and posted a personal-best 46'10.75" to capture third place and move into sixth place all-time in the event.  David Melton nabbed fourth place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 15'5".

Due to inclement weather, the women's 5,000m, the men's and women's 4x400m relay, women's discus and shot put along with the men's and women's high jump were cancelled.


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Tennis Snaps Skid by Topping Wisconsin-Whitewater

The tennis team snapped its 11-match losing streak on Monday by defeating Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5-2, in Hilton Head. The scheduled match between The Citadel and Oberlin on Monday was cancelled due to a conflict in Oberlin's schedule.

Against Whitewater, the Cadets swept the doubles point and then took four of the six singles matches, all in straight sets.  Dillon Berkabile, playing in the No. 4 slot, encountered the closest match as he won, 7-6, 6-2.

David Orces, Peter Bleach and Elliott Sperr claimed individual victories as The Citadel fell to Chattanooga, 4-3.  Bleach, playing in the No. 5 singles spot, earned his second consecutive win, a 7-6, 7-5 straight-setter, and his first Southern Conference victory.   

Orces, playing in the No. 1 position, earned another victory as he defeated his rival, 6-4, 6-2.  Sperr, playing No. 6, won his match, 6-3, 6-3 to improve to second on the team in wins behind Orces.

Though The Citadel split evenly the singles matches, the Bulldogs could muster only one doubles victory and fell to the University of Chicago Maroons, 4-3, at the Earle Tennis Center.

Orces (No. 1), Josh Cook (No. 2) and Bleach (No. 5) posted straight set victories while only the No. 2 doubles team of Berkabile/Bleach could get a victory as they won their match, 8-3.

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Pellegrini Leads Way at Low Country Intercollegiate

The golf team shot a final round of 335 on Monday afternoon on the South Course at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head to complete the Low Country Intercollegiate in 15th place.  Sophomore Erica Pellegrini (163, +19) carded a second-round 81 to finish tied for 37th alongside USC Upstate's Amanda Hill.

Bree Baumgartner (166, +22) also posted a top-50 finish by firing a 78 to mark the Bulldogs’ lowest score of the day.  TaKima Butler (174, +30) and Kellie Anderson (176, +32) both shot an 88 in the second day’s action, placing 67th and 69th, respectively.

The Bulldogs (675) improved on their first round score of 340 by firing a combined 335, to close 56 shots back of Appalachian State (621).  The Mountaineers were followed closely by Radford (623) and Jacksonville (624).

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Ruiz Qualifies for the 2012 Mexican Olympic Wrestling Team

Jesse Ruiz, a volunteer assistant wrestling coach, finished second at the 2012 at the FILA Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Sunday to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, set for this August in London.

Competing for Mexico, Ruiz, a NAIA national champion while at Menlo College, qualified his country for the Olympics at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.  Ruiz placed second in the division, placing behind Canada's Arjan Bhullar.  The top two finishers at each weight class qualified their countries for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Ruiz was instrumental in the recent success of heavyweight Odie Delaney this past season.  Ruiz worked closely with the 2012 Southern Conference champion, guiding him to his third NCAA Championship appearance and within one win of All-America status.


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.

The deadline for reservations is noon Tuesday.

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


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


Raleigh Jackson Accepts Coaching Position at Slippery Rock

Raleigh Jackson has left The Citadel football coaching staff for a fulltime position as linebackers coach at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

Jackson served as tight ends coach for the Bulldogs in a restricted earnings position the past two seasons.  Nathaniel Hogge, who coached wide receivers last season, will once again coach the tight ends after holding that position his first three years at The Citadel. 

Jackson was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Bulldogs and graduated from The Citadel in 2007.  Prior to returning to his alma mater, he spent three seasons as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri Southern State.  Jackson began his coaching career as an assistant at Goose Creek High School under former Baylor coach Chuck Reedy.

He appeared in 42 of a possible 44 games with 17 starts during his playing days.  He earned a starting spot his senior year and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first winning record in the Southern Conference in 15 years.


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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Today’s Blue & White is the official electronic publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. with its office located at The Citadel, McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC  29409 (office 843/953-5277).

Publishers………Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor………………Andy Solomon

Layout……………Mike Petrini


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