April 9, 2012

Bulldogs Face No. 9 South Carolina and Coastal Carolina in Midweek Games

FULL GAME NOTES

THE SOUTH CAROLINA AND COASTAL CAROLINA WEEK

THE CITADEL (13-19) at No. 9 SOUTH CAROLINA (23-9)

GAME INFORMATION
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Stadium: Carolina Stadium
Capacity: 6,400 (8,242 SRO)
Series/Trend: SC 122-47-1 / SC W1
Radio: SportsRadio 1450 AM by Danny Reed (pxp)
Internet: Live Gametracker stats at GamecocksOnline.com
Cover It Live: Live blog at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – TUESDAY
CIT: LHP #16 Kevin Connell (1-2, 3.29 ERA, 17 BB, 20 K)
SC: LHP #15 Nolan Belcher (1-1, 2.25 ERA, 6 BB, 11 K)

THE CITADEL (13-19) at COASTAL CAROLINA (20-10)

GAME INFORMATION
Location: Conway, S.C.
Stadium: Charles L Watson Stadium
Capacity: 1,000
Series/Trend: CCU 40-26 / CIT W1
TV/Radio: None/None
Internet: Live Gametracker stats at GoCCUSports.com
Cover It Live: Live blog at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – WEDNESDAY
CIT: RHP #11 Bryce Hines (0-2, 6.16 ERA, 21 BB, 27 K)
CCU: TBA

DOGS FACE STIFF IN-STATE BATTLES IN MID-WEEK GAMES THIS WEEK
The Citadel faces a pair of tough mid-week contests on the road this week as the Bulldogs travel to face No. 9 (USA Today)/No. 7 (NCBWA) South Carolina in Columbia and then head up the coast to Conway to take on Coastal Carolina. Both contests are the back end of home-and-home series with the Bulldogs. The Citadel lost 7-3 to the Gamecocks on March 27 and defeated Coastal Carolina 3-0 on April 3. Both opponents boast imposing home records: 17-4 for South Carolina and 16-6 for Coastal Carolina.

LAST WEEKEND
Nick Orvin and Mason Davis each had ninth-inning RBI base hits and Orvin's throw from center field was on the mark to tag out the final out of the game at the plate as The Citadel claimed a 5-4 win over Samford in the final game of a three-game Southern Conference series Saturday at Joe Lee Griffin Field. Trailing 4-3, The Citadel came back with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Samford reliever Lex Rutledge came on for starting pitcher Josh Martin to start the ninth inning. After retiring the first two batters, Rutledge hit Grant Richards with a pitch. C.K. Irby then replaced Rutledge on the mound and Orvin promptly doubled down the left-field line to drive in Richards to tie the score at 4-4. Davis then singled to center to drive in Orvin for the eventual game-winning run. Clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, The Citadel gave up a one-out triple to Zeth Stone. Brad Moss then flew out to Orvin who then threw home and catcher Joe Jackson tagged Stone out to end the game.

Samford used a potent offensive attack to sweep a Southern Conference doubleheader from The Citadel Friday evening at Joe Lee Griffin Field. Samford won the first game, 10-5, and took game two by a score of 11-3. The Citadel was led in the first game by Bo Thompson and Justin Mackert, both going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nick Orvin and Mason Davis each went 2-for-5 for The Citadel. Calvin Orth hit a solo home run in his only at-bat of the game. Austin Pritcher (3-2) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits to take the loss on the mound. For The Citadel in game two, Thompson went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI. James Reeves (4-3) pitched three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits to take the loss.

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina is ranked No. 9 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll and No. 7 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after going 3-1 last week with a win over the College of Charleston and a series win over Tennessee. South Carolina continues to lead the SEC in opponents' batting average as opponents are hitting just .195 against the Gamecocks' pitching staff on the year. Carolina's 2.87 team ERA is second best in the league with the squad at 292 strikeouts in 291.2 innings and just 96 walks.

SCOUTING COASTAL CAROLINA
Coastal Carolina is 20-10 on the season and after going 2-2 last week. The Chanticleers dropped a 3-0 decision against The Citadel before taking two of three from Gardner-Webb. Coastal will face UNC Wilmington on Tuesday night before taking on the Bulldogs Wednesday. Daniel Bowman leads the Chants' offensive attack with a .371 average, four home runs and 17 RBI. Coastal's pitching staff is one of the best in the nation this season, holding a team ERA of 2.30, second-best in the country behind Portland (2.12). Reliever Aaron Burke has the NCAA's second-best ERA at 0.59 and has 23 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

THE 700 CLUB
Head coach Fred Jordan is just one victory 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.

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.

Nick Orvin

201

2009-Current

6.

Sonny Meade

199

2006-09

7.

David Beckley

198

1993-96

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

289

2009-Current

9.

Jon Aughey

266

2002-05

10.

Matt Matulia

258

2003-06 

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Senior Justin Mackert has recorded a team-high 10 doubles on the season, ranking 4th in the Southern Conference and 56th nationally. Mackert also leads the Bulldogs in average, HR and RBI.

BULLDOGS IN THE RANKINGS
The Citadel has committed the third fewest errors in the SoCon, with only 40 on the season. Drew DeKerlegand is second on the league's hit by pitch chart with 10, which ranks 35th nationally. Ryan Hines has made the most appearances in the SoCon this season, getting the call from the bullpen 22 times this season.

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, 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

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. The Citadel was picked to finish eighth in both the coaches' and media preseason polls.

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.

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