Today's Blue & White April 20, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, April 20, 2012


First Pitch!

Congratulations are extended to veteran baseball coach Fred Jordan on his 700th career victory that came on a complete-game shutout of UNC Greensboro Friday night at Riley Park.  Now in his 21st year at the helm, the proud member of the Class of 1979 has a career record of 703-529.  He became the 36th active member of the 700-win club among NCAA Division I head coaches.  Jordan will lead his troops to Patriots Point for a three-game series against rival College of Charleston, beginning tonight (Friday).

On the courts, we tip our collective caps to David Orces, who earned a spot on the All-Southern Conference team while leading the Cadets at the No. 1 singles position.  Way to go, David.

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


Baseball Takes Series with UNCG as Jordan Reaches 700 Wins

Mason Davis posted career-highs with three hits and three RBI -- including a two-run home run -- to lead The Citadel to a 10-3 victory over Winthrop in non-conference action Tuesday evening at the Winthrop Ballpark.  Davis went 3-for-6 at the plate with a double and a home run, scoring three times and stealing a base.  Nick Orvin tied a season-high with four hits and Justin Mackert and Joe Jackson chipped in two hits each.  Connor Walsh picked up the victory as he allowed two hits in two innings of a predetermined split.  The freshman southpaw walked one and struck out one for his first collegiate win.

Johnathan Stokes' RBI single to left with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth capped of a wild six-run final frame and gave The Citadel an 8-7 victory and a series sweep over visiting UNC Greensboro Sunday afternoon at Riley Park.  Trailing 7-2 after eighth complete, the UNCG pitcher quickly retired Calvin Orth and Stokes to put the Spartans within one out of a victory.  The Bulldogs had other plans, however, using four hits, two errors and three walks to complete the improbable comeback.  Ryne Hardwick started the rally with a double down the left-field line and Orvin put runners at the corners with an infield single.  Davis lined a double down the left-field line to plate Hardwick and put a pair of runners in scoring position with the Bulldogs down 7-3.

A new UNCG pitcher promptly walked Mackert to load the bases.  Jackson reached on an error at first base, allowing Orvin to score from third with the first of five unearned runs in the frame.  Back-to-back bases-loaded walks by Grant Richards and Drew DeKerlegand pushed across two more runs to cut the deficit to 7-6, and forced UNCG to go back to the bullpen. Orth came to the plate for the second time in the inning and reached on a fielding error by the shortstop that allowed Jackson to score the tying run.  With the outfield pulled in, Stokes roped a 1-1 pitch to left and allowed pinch-runner Hayden Hendry to score as the Citadel bench raced out to mob the freshman shortstop.  Orvin had three of the team’s 10 hits.

On Saturday Grant Richards' two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth brought home Joe Jackson with the go-ahead run as The Citadel rallied back for a 5-4 victory over UNC Greensboro at Riley Park.  Jackson reached on a bunt single to first to lead off the eighth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bo Thompson.  A groundout by Drew DeKerlegand advanced Jackson to third and Richards then sharply hit a 0-1 pitch to third.  The UNCG third baseman made an acrobatic stop, but Richards beat the throw by a half-step to give the Bulldogs the 5-4 lead.  Four different Citadel batters (Orvin, Jackson, Richards and Hughston Armstrong) collected four hits apiece and James Reeves improved his record to 5-3, earning the win in relief.  The southpaw allowed no runs on three hits in 1.2 innings with one strikeout.  Ryan Hines came in and got the final out in the ninth for his third save.  Citadel starter Kevin Connell went 5.2 innings, scattered five hits while allowing three runs, one earned.

On Friday, Austin Pritcher tossed a complete-game four-hitter to give head coach Fred Jordan his 700th career victory as The Citadel blanked UNC Greensboro, 3-0.  Pritcher was magnificent as he struck out nine, scattered four hits and walked none.  The complete-game shutout was the first for The Citadel since Matt Talley did it against UNCG on May 15, 2010 and was Pritcher's first complete-game effort.

With the win – in which Mackert led the offense with two of the team’s seven hits –Jordan became the 36th active member of the 700-win club of NCAA Division I head coaches. 

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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

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Tennis Ends Regular Season with Loss at Georgia Southern; Falls to Elon in SoCon Tournament

The tennis team concluded their 2012 season as they fell to the No. 6-seed Elon, 4-0, at the Southern Conference Tennis Championships at Patriots Point on Thursday night. 

Due to inclement weather in the morning, the match began with singles play. 

Stefan Fortmann clinched the first point for the Phoenix defeating Josh Cook in the No. 2 position, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.  Jordan Kaufman, playing in the No. 3 position, defeated James Atkinson, 6-2, 6-2, to give Elon a 2-0 advantage.  In the No. 5 slot, Juan Madrid defeated Peter Bleach, 6-2, 6-3, to push the Phoenix ahead, 3-0.

The matchup on court one featured a battle between two all-conference performers as Elon’s Cameron Silverman defeated David Orces, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 6-2, to send the Phoenix to the quarterfinals and concluded The Citadel’s first season under Coach Kemper Baker.

David Orces earned the lone point for the Bulldogs in a 6-1 loss to Georgia Southern on Friday in Statesboro, Ga.  Orces collected his victory at No. 1 singles, and won by 6-0, 6-3 scores.  Orces led the team all season to conclude with a 13-6 dual record and 6-4 SoCon record.  Although no point was collected, the duo of Elliott Sperr and Alex Howle earned a win at No. 3 doubles, 8-6.  The duo led the team with a 10-12 dual record and 4-6 Southern Conference record.

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Tennis Standout David Orces Named to All-SoCon First Team

David Orces was named first team all-conference by the Southern Conference on Tuesday.  Postseason balloting was conducted by the league's head coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athlete.

Playing in the No. 1 position, Orces led the Bulldogs with a 13-6 singles record and went 6-4 in the Southern Conference, including two conference wins to end the regular season over fellow first team honoree Mickael Trintignac from College of Charleston and Alain Garrido from Georgia Southern.

Orces enjoyed an eight-match winning streak in mid-season and defeated Samford's Zac Dunkle, the two-time SoCon player of the week.  Orces, a junior, finished second at No. 1 singles in the league with a .684 winning percentage, trailing only UNCG's Orcun Seyrek, the Southern Conference’s player of the year.


Bulldogs Break Two School Records and Capture Numerous Season Bests at Carolina’s Cup

David Melton broke his own school record in the pole vault for the third time this season as the sophomore cleared the bar at 16-feet, while Micah Wessinger nabbed the school record in the 400m with a mark of 57.20, .18 seconds better than Alexis Moore's record-breaking run in 2007 as the Bulldogs competed at the Carolina's Cup on Friday.

Seven other Bulldogs recorded season-best marks on the day as Quintin Turner heaved the discus 157'.25" to capture second place while Jamaal Brantley (56.06) and Brandon Fetrow (57.08) posted season- and personal-bests in the 400m hurdles.  In the relays, the men and women's 4x100m both ran season best times as the men's team, consisting of Brantley, Blane Woodfin, Benjamin McCoy and Daniel Till, posted a 42.62 while the women's quartet of Alexandria Moss, Christina Hinds, Francesca McCrary and Tanisha Bethel recorded a 49.40 to claim sixth place on the all-time list.

On the track, Bethel and Till nabbed season bests in the 200m as Bethel posted a 25.55 to move her into third place all-time while Till recorded a 22.30.

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Pellegrini Tops Golfers at 2012 SoCon Championships

Behind sophomore Erica Pellegrini, the golf team completed the season at the Southern Conference Championships held at Moss Creek Golf Club.  Pellegrini carded a final round 88 to finish the 54-hole event tied for 41st with a 255 (+39).

Alanna Jean-Keith put the finishing touches on her four-year career with a final round 82, shooting a 256 at the tournament.  Fellow senior Bree Baumgartner wrapped up her collegiate career with an 87 on the day which gave her a 265 (+49) for the Championships.  Freshman Kellie Anderson carded the lowest round of the tournament for the Bulldogs, posting a 79 in the final round.  One of 17 players to record a final round in the 70s, Anderson completed the tournament with a 263.

The Cadets (1,033, +169) wrapped up the 11th season in program history with a 10th place showing.

Chattanooga earned its third consecutive Southern Conference crown with a final score of 921 (+57).  UNCG, which led the field in each of the first two days, finished with a score of 924.  College of Charleston rounded out the top three with a score of 939.

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Volleyball Adds Five Players for 2012 Season

Volleyball coach Amir Khaledi announced the addition of five cadet-student-athletes who will join the Bulldogs' program for the 2012 season.

The additions include outside hitter Carson Gosnell (Mt. Pleasant/Wando High); middle hitter Megan Heyer (Richmond, Va./Godwin High); setter Rachael Keefer (Fleming Island, Fla./Orange Park High); middle hitter Bailey Kernodle (Fort Mill/ Nation Ford High); and setter Mikaela Tracy (Marietta, Ga./Pope High).

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We Regret to Inform You

We regret to inform you that Robert “Bob” Carson ’73, a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away on Thursday morning.  Carson began his football career as a walk-on and was awarded a full scholarship after his freshman year.  He was the 1972 team captain who was also voted the team’s most valuable player, and for 24 years, he held the school record for the longest run from scrimmage (95 yards).  Carson accumulated six games in which he rushed for more than 100 yards, and his personal high was 205 yards that came in a 52-35 home win over Chattanooga.  The Associated Press recognized Carson as a second-team All-Southern Conference performer and as an honorable mention All-American, and the S.C. Coaches Association pointed to Carson as the runner-up for the Jacobs Blocking Award.  He was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. 


Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

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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


Upcoming Birthdays

April 20            Aashon Larkins                        Football

April 24            J.D. Powell                               Basketball


Upcoming Events

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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