April 30, 2012

Bulldogs Host North Florida For A Pair of Midweek Games

FULL GAME NOTES
NORTH FLORIDA GAME NOTES

THE NORTH FLORIDA SERIES

NORTH FLORIDA (25-18, 7-11 A-Sun)
at THE CITADEL (19-25, 9-12 SoCon)

 

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Charleston, S.C.
Stadium: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Capacity: 6,000
Series/Trend: UNF 1-0 / UNF W1
TV: None
Radio: None
Internet: Live Video and Audio on Bulldog Insider at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – TUESDAY
CIT: RHP #30 Brett Tompkins, 0-2, 3.38 ERA, 26.2 IP, 8 BB, 11 K
UNF: LHP #17 Tommy Organ, 3-2, 3.80 ERA, 45.0 IP, 19 BB, 39 K 

PROBABLE STARTERS – WEDNESDAY
CIT: TBA
UNF: TBA 

DOGS HOST NORTH FLORIDA AT RILEY PARK FOR PAIR OF MIDWEEK GAMES
The Citadel will host North Florida, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, for a pair of midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Riley Park. The Bulldogs enter the games after taking a key Southern Conference series against the defending SoCon champions, Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs picked up a 4-1 victory in the series opener and clinched the series with a 8-7 win on Sunday. Sporting an overall record of 19-25, The Citadel currently sits in seventh place in the SoCon standings with a 9-12 league mark.

LAST WEEKEND
Joe Jackson collected three hits and The Citadel took advantage of four costly errors by Georgia Southern to defeat the Eagles 8-7 Sunday afternoon at Riley Park and take the Southern Conference series two games to one. Jackson's three hit outing was his 15th multi-hit game of the season and his two RBI effort led the Bulldogs as well. Hughston Armstrong also collected two base hits for The Citadel, which was out-hit 15-9 in the game. James Reeves picked up his team-best sixth win in relief, allowing three runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work. Ryan Hines earned his fifth save, giving up one run on two hits in two frames.

Georgia Southern starter Justin Hess struck out seven over six innings as the Eagles dealt The Citadel a 5-2 defeat in Southern Conference action Saturday night at Riley Park. Kevin Connell suffered the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs – one earned – on seven hits in four innings. Drew DeKerlegand collected two hits to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Hess was the beneficiary of 13 Georgia Southern hits, picking up the win by scattering seven hits over six innings and allowing only one run. Jarret Leverett tossed the final three innings for his fourth save, allowing only one hit and striking out two. Five Eagles collected two hits apiece on the evening.

Austin Pritcher allowed one unearned run and struck out four over seven innings as The Citadel used three Georgia Southern errors to score four unearned runs and defeated the Eagles 4-1 in Southern Conference action Friday evening at Riley Park. Pritcher scattered six hits over the seven frames and walked one to improve to 5-3 on the season. Ryan Hines induced the final two fly outs of the game to earn his fourth save. Justin Mackert led the Bulldogs with two base hits, his 13th multi-hit effort of the year.

SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA
North Florida enters the week winning eight of its last 13 games. The Ospreys began their solid play with a 10-5 victory at Dusty Rhodes Field at Harmon Stadium against #1 Florida. UNF claimed a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference series against East Tennessee State and Lipscomb, while earning a pair of nonconference victories against Florida A&M. In addition, the Ospreys have won their last three road games. Over the weekend, UNF dropped an Atlantic Sun Conference series with Stetson, 2-1. The Ospreys dropped the first game 10-2, but came from behind in the second game to win 4-3. In the rubber match of series, North Florida tried for its second come-from-behind victory in as many games, but was unsuccessful, falling 2-1.

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 306 hits and is four 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 705-533 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.

Nick Orvin

210

2009-Current

5.

Bryan Altman

208

2007-10

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

306

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, 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 return to Southern Conference action this weekend with a road series at Davidson. Commencement activities for both schools factor into the scheduling as the teams will play a single game on Friday at 6 p.m., take Saturday off to graduate, and complete the series with a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

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