CHARLESTON, S.C. – 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 Friday evening to open their three-game Southern Conference series at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 14-21 on the season and 5-8 in the league.
Pritcher was magnificent on the mound, striking out nine Spartans and scattering four hits, walking 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 tonight's win, Jordan becomes the 36th active member of the 700-win club of NCAA Division I head coaches. In his 21st season, Jordan is 700-529 all-time at the helm of the Citadel program.
The Bulldogs jumped on the scoreboard early, scoring once in the second and twice in the third for a 3-0 lead. With one out in the second, Drew DeKerlegand reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by TJ Spina at short. Bailey Rush jumped on a 1-1 pitch by Spartans starter Tyler Hollstegge for a RBI single up the middle, plating DeKerlegand from second.
Mason Davis led off the third with a triple off the wall in right, his second of the season. Justin Mackert followed up with a RBI single off Hollstegge's foot to score Davis for a 2-0 lead. Mackert stole second and with Bo Thompson at the plate, Mackert swiped third and scored when Cambric Moye's throw from the plate went into right field for the three-run cushion.
Hollstegge took the loss for UNCG (18-14, 4-9), allowing three runs on six hits in 2-2/3 innings. Zach Leach had two of the Spartans' four hits.
Mackert led the Bulldogs with two hits and three stolen bases.
Saturday's first pitch against is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Sports Radio 1450 AM with the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Danny Reed handling the play-by-play. The broadcast can also be heard online at CharlestonSportsRadio.com.
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