March 22, 2012

Bulldogs Take to the Road to Face Minnesota

THE MINNESOTA SERIES

THE CITADEL (9-11) at MINNESOTA (9-13) 

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (63,669)
Series: Minnesota leads 1-0
Trend: MINN W1
Live Blog: The Citadel's Cover It Live
TV: None
Radio: Live Audio on GopherSports.com
Internet: Live Video on GopherSports.com 

FULL GAME NOTES

PROBABLE STARTERS – THE CITADEL
FRIDAY - RHP #5 Austin Pritcher
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K          SV
2-1          3.77        31.0        36           14           13           11           18        0 

SATURDAY - RHP #11 Bryce Hines
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K          SV
0-1          6.17        11.2        12           9              8              13       16           0 

SUNDAY - LHP #7 Logan Cribb
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB         K           SV
1-1          3.58        27.2        33           16           11           14       20          0

PROBABLE STARTERS – MINNESOTA
FRIDAY – RHP #39 TJ Oakes
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
4-1          1.67        32.1        28           7              6              6              21           0 

SATURDAY – LHP #29 DJ Snelten
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
1-1          2.45        25.2        18           7              7              12           17           0 

SUNDAY – RHP #40 Austin Lubinsky
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
0-2          5.96        22.2        34           17           15           5              17           0 

DOGS TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCON ACTION
The Citadel continues an extended break from Southern Conference action this weekend as it heads north to face Big Ten foe Minnesota for a three-game set at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Bulldogs then ends their non-conference stretch with a home game against the back-to-back national champions South Carolina at Riley Park on Tuesday. 

LAST TIME OUT
Four Bulldog 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 Riley Park. 

SCOUTING MINNESOTA
Minnesota enters the weekend series with a 9-13 overall record after dropping a pair of games against North Dakota State earlier this week. The Golden Gophers are 8-11 at home on the 2012 season and begin Big Ten play next weekend against Michigan. Minnesota was picked to finish third in the conference. 

Dan Olinger leads Minnesota with a .369 average, 31 hits and 12 RBI. TJ Oakes, the projected Friday night starter, has a 4-1 record with a 1.67 ERA. The junior right hander has a team-high 21 strikeouts over 32.1 innings of work in five starts. 

ORVIN CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Nick Orvin is steadily making his mark on the Bulldogs' record book in his final season. The Moncks Corner, S.C. native is posed to overtake the top spot in the career runs and hits charts this season. 

CAREER RUNS

1.

Philip Hartig

229

1998-01

2.

Terrence Smalls

222

1995-98

3.

Chris Swauger

211

2005-08

4.

Bryan Altman

208

2007-10

5.

Sonny Meade

199

2006-09

6.

David Beckley

198

1993-96

7.

Nick Orvin

196

2009-Current

8.

Bo Betchman

189

1994-97

9.

Jon Aughey

185

2002-05

10.

Anthony Jenkins

179

1989-92

 

CAREER HITS     

1.

Philip Hartig

360

1998-01

2.

Sonny Meade

355

2006-09

3.

Chris Swauger

314

2006-09

4.

Bryan Altman

310

2007-10

5.

Chris Ard

296

2002-05

6.

Terrence Smalls

295

1995-98

7.

Bo Betchman

291

1994-97

8.

Nick Orvin

275

2009-Current

9.

Jon Aughey

266

2002-05

10.

Matt Matulia

258

2003-06 

SPORTS RADIO 1450 TO BROADCAST 21 BULLDOG BASEBALL GAMES IN 2012
Citadel baseball fans will be able to follow the Bulldogs this season on Sports Radio 1450 with the "Voice of the Bulldogs," Danny Reed. The Bulldogs sport one of the region's toughest schedules with games against South Carolina, Coastal Carolina and an always-competitive Southern Conference slate.

Sports Radio 1450 will broadcast the majority of games from the second half of the Bulldogs' schedule, including home games against South Carolina and Coastal Carolina, home series with Wofford, UNC Greensboro, Georgia Southern and Furman, and road games at South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

All season long, fans can watch home games online through Bulldog Insider with subscription broadcasts on CitadelSports.com.

Below are the remaining games that will air on Sports Radio 1450.
Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m. vs. South Carolina
Friday, March 30, 6 p.m. vs. Wofford
Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. vs. Wofford
Sunday, April 1, 1 p.m. vs. Wofford
Tuesday, April 3, 6 p.m. vs. Coastal Carolina
Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. at South Carolina
Friday, April 13, 6 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro
Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro
Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro
Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. at College of Charleston
Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m. at College of Charleston
Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. at College of Charleston
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Friday, May 11, 6 p.m. vs. Furman
Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m. vs. Furman
Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m. vs. Furman
2012 Southern Conference Tournament starting May 23 

THE 700 CLUB
Head coach Fred Jordan is just five victories away from becoming the 36th active member of the 700-club of NCAA Division I baseball head coaches that have recorded 700 career victories. Jordan had 686 victories entering this, his 21st, season of Citadel baseball. 

TWO SELECTED PRESEASON ALL-SOCON; BULLDOGS PICKED EIGHTH
Drew DeKerlegand was selected to the Southern Conference preseason all-conference first team and Nick Orvin was chosen to the all-conference second team, as voted on by the league's 11 head coaches. 

Last season, DeKerlegand was selected to the SoCon All-Freshman Team after starting all 56 games in 2011 at third base for the Bulldogs and finishing with an average of .317 with 32 runs, 66 hits, 11 doubles, four triples, two homers and 24 RBI to go with 15 walks. The freshman was second on the team in triples, on base percentage and total bases and reached base in the final 16 contests of the season.

Orvin earned first team all-conference in 2011 after being named to the second team in 2010 and to the all-freshman team in 2009. He entered the career top-10 at The Citadel in runs scored last season and sits just three base knocks away from entering the career top-10 in hits. Last season, Orvin batted .320 with 74 hits, 47 runs, 14 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBI, 23 walks and 19 stolen bases. He led the squad in hits, runs, homers, total bases, slugging percentage, walks and stolen bases in 2011. The center fielder reached base in the final 23 games of the season.

The Citadel was picked to finish eighth in both the coaches' and media preseason polls. The SoCon baseball coaches have selected College of Charleston as the preseason favorite to win the league championship in 2012, while the media representatives who cover the league have chosen Georgia Southern as the conference favorite.

A FRESH LOOK
With 18 newcomers this season, The Citadel will feature a new look in several areas this season. The entire middle of the infield will be experiencing their first playing time in college as freshmen Bailey Rush and Johnathan Stokes will battle for the starting spot at short and Mason Davis has grabbed the spot at second. Two freshmen are likely to see significant time in starting pitching roles as Kevin Connell and James Reeves toe the rubber. With the loss of a handful of members of the last season's bullpen, several first-year players are expected to contribute in that area as well.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Citadel will play their first 16 games in the friendly confines of Riley Park to start the 2012 season. The Bulldogs don't leave Charleston until March 16 when they travel to Appalachian State. In addition, two of their first three SoCon series of the year will take place at home.

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