May 15, 2012

Bulldogs Close Regular Season With Series at Elon

CITADEL GAME NOTES
ELON GAME NOTES

THE ELON SERIES

THE CITADEL (24-28, 13-14 SoCon)
at ELON (28-24, 17-10 SoCon)
 

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Elon, N.C.
Stadium: Latham Park
Capacity: 2,000
Series/Trend: Citadel 17-16 / ELON W3
TV/Radio: None
Live Blog: Cover It Live at CitadelSports.com
Internet: Live Audio and Live Stats at ElonPhoenix.com 

PROBABLE STARTERS – WEDNESDAY
CIT: RHP #5 Austin Pritcher, 6-4, 3.51 ERA, 84.2 IP, 23 BB, 53 K
ELON: LHP #33 Dylan Clark, 8-3, 3.69 ERA, 75.2 IP, 18 BB, 60 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – THURSDAY
CIT: LHP #16 Kevin Connell, 1-4, 3.29 ERA, 54.2 IP, 33 BB, 32 K
ELON: RHP #45 David Whitehead, 4-3, 4.60 ERA, 62.2 IP, 32 BB, 31 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – FRIDAY
CIT: TBA
ELON: LHP #23 Spencer Medick, 1-3, 3.05 ERA, 65.0 IP, 20 BB, 64 K

DOGS TRAVEL TO ELON TO CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON
The Citadel closes out the regular season with a three-game series at Elon beginning Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs enter the series having clinched a spot in the 2012 Southern Conference tournament after taking a key SoCon series against Furman last weekend. After taking the series opener 7-0 on Friday, the Bulldogs scored a 3-1 victory on Saturday to secure the series win before falling 8-6 in 12 innings on Sunday's home finale. Sporting an overall record of 24-28, The Citadel currently sits in seventh place in the SoCon standings with a 13-14 league mark, one game behind Western Carolina and Georgia Southern.

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

LAST WEEKEND
Tyler Griffin hit a fourth-inning grand slam and Austin Pritcher struck out seven over seven shutout innings as The Citadel blanked Furman 7-0 Friday evening in Southern Conference action at Riley Park. Griffin went 2-for-4 on the evening, with a triple and his second career grand slam, while Pritcher improved to 6-4 on the season, scattering five hits and walking two, lowering his ERA to 3.24. Zach Sherrill tossed two shutout innings of relief, giving up one hits and striking out one. Bo Thompson and Bailey Rush also had two hits for the Bulldogs. Bobby Lyne took the loss for Furman, allowing six runs on six hits in four innings with three strikeouts and one walk. Will Owens had two hits for the Paladins.

The Citadel scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie game and earn a 3-1 victory over Furman Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Riley Park. The win is the fourth straight in SoCon play for the Bulldogs. TJ Clarkson picked up the victory for the Bulldogs, scattering two hits over 2.1 innings of work with one walk and one strikeout. Ryan Hines earned his seventh save of the season, allowing one hit in the ninth, while starter Kevin Connell went tossed 5.2 solid innings, giving up one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Nate Smith took the loss for Furman, despite striking out 10 Citadel batters in seven innings. Smith allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits and two walks. Three errors plagued the Paladins, who outhit the Bulldogs eight to five.

Back-to-back RBI singles by Taylor Johnson and Alex Abrams scored a pair of runs in the top of the 12th inning as Furman defeated The Citadel 8-6 in the Bulldogs' home finale at Riley Park Sunday afternoon in Southern Conference action. With Brett Tompkins on the mound for the Bulldogs, Furman mounted a two-out rally to pull ahead in extra innings. Will Miller lined a single into left and stole second, scoring on Johnson single to left center. Johnson advanced to second on the throw home and scored when Abrams roped a 3-2 pitch into right center for the two-run Paladin advantage. Elliott Warford earned the win for the Paladins, tossing the final five innings, allowing just a single run in the ninth that knotted the game at 6-6. Warford gave up one hit, holding the Bulldogs hitless over the final three frames, striking out one with one walk. Johnson and Abrams each collected three hits for Furman, with Abrams adding three RBI. Furman starter Tyler Wood allowed eight hits over six innings, giving up one run. Tompkins suffered the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs on three hits in the one inning, striking out one. Nick Orvin and Justin Mackert recorded three hits apiece, while Bo Thompson had two hits and three RBI. Orvin's three hits give him 316 for his career, moving into third all-time. Citadel starter Logan Cribb gave up three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

SCOUTING ELON
Elon enters the weekend in 4th place in the SoCon with a 17-10 mark and a 28-24 overall record. The Phoenix last played on May 8, dropping a 4-1 decision to then-No. 30 East Carolina on the road. Elon is 18-7 at home this season, including sweeps of Georgia Southern and UNC Greensboro and a series win over Appalachian State. Alex Swim leads the Phoenix with a .357 average, while Garrett Koster has a team-high 11 home runs. Four Elon batters have over 30 RBI each, with Ryan Kinsella's 41 leading the squad. Dylan Clark has eight wins in 12 starts and Nate Young has eight saves in 20 appearances with a 2.61 ERA.

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 316 hits and is currently in third place all-time. The 316 hits also ranks third among active SoCon players, behind Western Carolina's Ross Heffley and Georgia Southern's Eric Phillips, and is good for ninth 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 710-536 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

215

2009-Current

4.

Chris Swauger

211

2005-08

5.

Bryan Altman

208

2007-10

 

CAREER HITS

1.

Philip Hartig

360

1998-01

2.

Sonny Meade

355

2006-09

3.

Nick Orvin

316

2009-Current

4.

Chris Swauger

314

2006-09

5.

Bryan Altman

310

2007-10

 

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.

 

HE'S GOT CLASS - LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS
Senior outfielder Nick Orvin was one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes named as a candidate for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Orvin has been named to the Dean's List every semester, earning the honor eight times for holding a GPA of over 3.25 or higher. He graduated two weeks ago with a 3.8 overall GPA in Health and Wellness and was a 2011 Capital One Academic All-District 3 second team selection.

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.
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 have secured a spot in the eight-team Southern Conference tournament, scheduled for May 23-27 at Fluor Field in Greenville's West End.

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