May 7, 2012

Trip to USC Upstate Closes Bulldogs' Non-Conference Slate

CITADEL GAME NOTES
UPSTATE GAME NOTES

THE USC UPSTATE GAME

THE CITADEL (22-27)
at USC UPSTATE (32-14)

 

GAME INFORMATION
Location: Spartanburg, S.C.
Stadium: Harley Park
Capacity: 500
Series: Upstate leads 7-6             
Trend: Upstate W2
TV: None
Internet: Live Audio and Video at UpstateSpartans.com
Live Stats: CitadelSports.com 

 

PROBABLE STARTERS – TUESDAY
CIT: RHP #15 Zach Sherrill, 0-0, 5.70 ERA, 23.2 IP, 9 BB, 13 K
UPST: LHP #26 Chris Cox, 2-0, 4.15 ERA, 17.1 IP, 10 BB, 10 K

 

DOGS CLOSES NON-CONFERENCE SLATE WITH TRIP TO USC UPSTATE
The Citadel closes out the non-conference portion of its 2012 slate with a trip to Spartanburg to face USC Upstate Tuesday evening at Harley Park. The Bulldogs enter the game after taking a key Southern Conference series against Davidson. After dropping the series opener 6-2 on Friday, the Bulldogs routed Davidson 15-2 in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader and took the rubber match 2-0 in the nightcap. Sporting an overall record of 22-27, The Citadel currently sits in seventh place in the SoCon standings with an 11-13 league mark.

LAST WEEKEND
After using a seven-run fifth inning to rout Davidson 15-2 in game one, The Citadel won a 2-0 pitcher's duel in the nightcap to sweep the host Wildcats in a Southern Conference doubleheader Sunday at Wilson Field. Mason Davis recorded a career-high four RBI on three hits and Joe Jackson added three hits and three RBI as The Citadel routed Davidson 15-2 in game one of a Southern Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field.

TJ Clarkson picked up the win for the Bulldogs, tossing the final six innings in relief of starter Kevin Connell. Clarkson struck out six Davidson batters, walking none and allowing one unearned run on three hits. Connell scattered six hits over three innings, allowing one run with four walks and one strikeout. Johnathan Stokes scored a career-high three runs as the Bulldogs' 15 runs also represented a season-high. Ryan Overcash suffered the loss for Davidson, allowing nine runs on nine hits in four innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Andrew Barna and Kelly Meyers had two hits apiece for the Wildcats.

Logan Cribb tossed six shutout innings, while James Reeves and Ryan Hines kept Davidson off the board in the final three frames as The Citadel completed the doubleheader sweep of the Wildcats with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap. Cribb improved to 3-2 on the season, allowing two hits over the six frames and striking out three with one walk. Reeves gave up one hit over his 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, while Hines picked up his sixth save of the season, giving up one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Davis and Stokes each had two hits to lead the Bulldogs. Beeker took the hard-luck loss for Davidson, allowing one run on five hits through eight innings with three walks and six strikeouts. Forrest Brandt had two hits for the Wildcats.

Henry Sisson tossed his third complete game of the season to lead Davidson College to a 6-2 Southern Conference victory over The Citadel Friday evening at Wilson Field. Sisson scattered six hits and allowed two runs while striking out four and walking two. Jake Berman and James Cerbie each collected two hits for the Wildcats, who improve to 17-26, 8-17 in the SoCon. Calvin Orth had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs, while Austin Pritcher took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Pritcher struck out three and walked two.

SCOUTING USC UPSTATE
Upstate took two of three games from A-Sun rival Stetson last weekend to improve to 32-14 on the season and 15-6 in the A-Sun, good for first place in the conference. The 2012 season marks the first season of full NCAA Division I eligibility for the Spartans. After a five-year transitional phase from D-II to D-I, Upstate is eligible for postseason play. Head Coach Matt Fincher is in his 15th season at the helm of the Spartan baseball program. Since dropping all three contests at Belmont (Apr. 6-7), the Spartans have won 12 of their last 15 contests and have won three straight A-Sun series. At 32-14, Upstate is just four wins shy of tying the school-record for wins (36, 1987).

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 312 hits and is two hits from tying Chris Swauger for 3rd 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 708-535 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.

Nick Orvin

213

2009-Current

4.

Chris Swauger

211

2005-08

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.

Nick Orvin

312

2009-Current

5.

Bryan Altman

310

2007-10

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 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 close the home portion of the 2012 schedule with a three-game series against Furman at Riley Park from May 11-13.

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