May 10, 2012

Bulldogs Host Furman in SoCon Clash on Senior Weekend

CITADEL GAME NOTES
FURMAN GAME NOTES

THE FURMAN SERIES

FURMAN (22-26, 9-15 SoCon)
at THE CITADEL (22-27, 11-13 SoCon)
 

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Charleston, S.C.
Stadium: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Capacity: 6,000
Series/Trend: Citadel 130-90-2 / CIT W1
TV: None
Radio: SportsRadio 1450 AM w/Danny Reed (pxp)
Internet: Live Video on Bulldog Insider at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – FRIDAY
CIT: RHP #5 Austin Pritcher, 5-4, 3.82 ERA, 77.2 IP, 21 BB, 46 K
FUR: RHP #29 Bobby Lyne, 5-4, 4.78 ERA, 64.0 IP, 14 BB, 46 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SATURDAY
CIT: LHP #16 Kevin Connell, 1-4, 3.49 ERA, 49.0 IP, 31 BB, 30 K
FUR: LHP #15 Nate Smith, 4-4, 6.05 ERA, 58.0 IP, 17 BB, 48 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SUNDAY
CIT: TBA
FUR: RHP #31 Tyler Wood, 3-7, 6.45 ERA, 53.0 IP, 22 BB, 29 K

DOGS HOST FURMAN IN SOCON CLASH ON SENIOR WEEKEND

The Citadel closes out the home portion of its 2012 slate with a three-game series against Furman on Senior Weekend. The Bulldogs enter the series after taking a key Southern Conference series against Davidson last weekend. 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.

SENIOR SENDOFF
The Bulldogs will honor their five seniors before Sunday's game: Damon Ardis, TJ Clarkson, Justin Mackert, Nick Orvin and Grant Richards.

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 FURMAN
Furman enters the weekend in 8th place in the SoCon with a 9-15 mark and a 22-26 overall record. The Paladins dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 3 South Carolina Wednesday night in Columbia after taking a league series from Wofford last weekend at home. Furman is 8-12 on the road this season, including non-conference victories at Georgia and USC Upstate. Will Owens leads the Paladins with a .332 average, while Will Miller has a team-high 10 home runs and 41 RBI. Will Muzika has reached base safely in 26 straight games.

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 312 hits also ranks third among active SoCon players, behind Western Carolina's Ross Heffley and Georgia Southern's Eric Phillips, and is good for 10th all-time in the conference.

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            Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m. vs. Furman         
Saturday, May 12, 2 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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs close the regular season on the road with a three-game series against Elon from May 16-18 at Latham Park.

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