April 26, 2012

Bulldogs Host Defending SoCon Champ Georgia Southern This Weekend

FULL GAME NOTES

THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN SERIES

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (23-19, 10-8 SoCon)
at THE CITADEL (17-24, 7-11 SoCon)

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Charleston, S.C.
Stadium: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Capacity: 6,000
Series/Trend: GSU 41-34 / GSU W3
TV: None
Radio: Sports Radio 1450 AM with Danny Reed (pxp)
Internet: Live Video on Bulldog Insider at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – FRIDAY
CIT: RHP #5 Austin Pritcher, 4-3, 3.99 ERA, 65.1 IP, 18 BB, 39 K
GSU: RHP #25 Chris Beck,  4-4, 3.82 ERA, 70.2 IP, 18 BB, 87 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SATURDAY
CIT: LHP #16 Kevin Connell, 1-3, 3.60 ERA, 40.0 IP, 24 BB, 26 K
GSU: RHP #8 Justin Hess, 2-2, 5.20 ERA, 45.0 IP, 13 BB, 52 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SUNDAY
CIT: LHP #7 Logan Cribb, 1-2, 4.91 ERA, 51.1 IP, 29 BB, 38 K
GSU: RHP #3 Will Middour, 2-2, 3.76 ERA, 38.1 IP, 14 BB, 23 K

DOGS HOST DEFENDING SOCON CHAMPS THIS WEEKEND
The Citadel will host Georgia Southern, the defending Southern Conference champions, for a three-game series at Riley Park this weekend. The Bulldogs enter the game after being handed a three-game sweep at the hands of the College of Charleston and sport an overall record of 17-24. The Bulldogs currently sit in seventh place in the SoCon standings with an 7-11 league mark. Friday's opening game of the series has a 6:00 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday and Sunday's contests begin at 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively. All three games of the series can be heard on Sports Radio 1450 AM with the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Danny Reed handling the play-by-play.

LAST TIME OUT
Rob Harding's one-out single in the bottom of the 11th scored Brandon Murray from second and gave the College of Charleston a 6-5 victory over The Citadel Sunday evening at The Ballpark at Patriots Point in Southern Conference action. With the score knotted at 5-5, Bradley Goodson doubled off the wall in left to lead off the 11th. TJ Clarkson intentionally walked Murray to set up the force out and Daniel Aldrich popped up a fielder's choice on a bunt, with the Bulldogs getting Goodson, the lead runner, at third. Harding then slapped a 0-1 pitch through the left side that plated Murray with the winning run.

The extra-inning game was the first ever played between the two local rivals in a 104-game history that dates back to 1899. The Citadel leads the all-time series, 58-46, but the Cougars have taken the last five meetings.

Joe Jackson led the Bulldogs with three hits on the evening, while Hughston Armstrong collected three RBI. Clarkson suffered the loss, allowing one run on two hits and three walks in two innings with two strikeouts. Fellow reliever Ryan Hines turned a solid performance, scattering three hits over 4.1 shutout innings and striking out three. Starter Logan Cribb gave up five runs on eight hits in four innings with three strikeouts and three walks.

SCOUTING GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Georgia Southern has won its last three Southern Conference series and is 7-2 after starting SoCon play with a 3-6 record. After dropping the Furman series on the final play, the Eagles rallied from eighth place in the standings into a tie for fifth with Western Carolina. With four hits this weekend Eric Phillips will take over sole possession of second place in the school career hits column. One win this weekend will secure Head Coach Rodney Hennon's 550th career victory. Hennon currently owns a 549-341-1 record in his 15th season as a head coach at Georgia Southern and Western Carolina.

MR. 300
With a four-hit performance in the Bulldogs' 10-3 victory over Winthrop on April 17, Nick Orvin became the fifth player in Citadel history to reach the 300-hit plateau. Orvin stands at 304 hits and is six hits from tying Bryan Altman for 4th place all-time.

THE 700 CLUB
With the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over UNC Greensboro on April 13, head coach Fred Jordan became the 36th active member of the 700-win club of NCAA Division I head coaches. In his 21st season, Jordan is 703-532 all-time at the helm of the Citadel program. Jordan had 686 victories entering this, his 21st, season of Citadel baseball.

ALL THE WAY AUSTIN
Austin Pritcher tossed a complete-game four-hitter on April 13 to give head coach Fred Jordan his 700th career victory as The Citadel blanked UNC Greensboro 3-0 to open their three-game Southern Conference series at Riley Park. 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.

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

207

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.

Nick Orvin

304

2009-Current

6.

Chris Ard

296

2002-05

7.

Terrence Smalls

295

1995-98

8.

Bo Betchman

291

1994-97

9.

Jon Aughey

266

2002-05

10.

Matt Matulia

258

2003-06

 

OUR JOE JACKSON WEARS SHOES
Sophomore catcher Joe Jackson is the great-great-great nephew of one of the most beloved players in baseball history, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. Jackson, played in the major leagues from 1908-1920, playing for the Chicago White Sox from 1915-1920 and posting a career batting average of .356 in 1,332 games.

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
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, April 28, 5 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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs host North Florida for a pair of midweek games at Riley Park. Tuesday's game has a 6 p.m. first pitch and Wednesday's first pitch of 3 p.m. is the first game of a Bulldogs-Charleston Riverdogs doubleheader. The Ospreys have a 24-16 overall record and 6-9 in the Atlantic Sun.

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