February 14, 2013

The Citadel Opens 2013 Season This Weekend at Riley Park

Tournament Game Notes

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel gets its 2013 baseball season underway this weekend when it hosts the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House at Riley Park.

The Bulldogs host George Mason on Friday and Kansas State on Saturday, both at 4 p.m., before wrapping up play against High Point on Sunday at 1:30. The games not involving The Citadel start at noon on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The Citadel has a limited history against the other teams in the field, playing a total of only five games (all in Charleston) and winning four times.

On March 13, 1990 at College Park, the Bulldogs edged George Mason 9-8 for the 15th victory in what ultimately turned into a school record 26-game winning streak that launched The Citadel on its way to the Southern Conference and NCAA Atlantic Region titles and berth in the College World Series.

The Bulldogs swept a three-game series from High Point on April 16-18, 2004 at Riley Park and dropped a 2-1 decision to Kansas State on Feb. 21, 2010, also at The Joe.

Fred Jordan is beginning his 22nd season as the head coach at his alma mater and has a record of 711-543, making him the winningest coach in any sport in school history. The 1979 graduate will be looking to lead the Bulldogs back to the top of the SoCon for the first time since winning the league's regular season and tournament titles in 2010.

Senior right hander Austin Pritcher will take the mound for Friday's season opener against George Mason, followed by sophomore left hander James Reeves against Kansas State and freshman righty Austin Mason against High Point.

Pritcher and Reeves tied for the team lead in wins a year ago with six. Pritcher led the Bulldogs and ranked fourth in the SoCon with an ERA of 3.19 and also paced the squad with 61 strikeouts. He has not allowed an earned run in his past 26.1 innings at Riley Park.

Mason was rated the No. 6 right hander and No. 13 overall prospect in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects following his senior season at Eastside High School in Greer.

Season passes good for 36 admissions are available for $149, a savings of nearly half off the regular ticket price. All home games will be streamed live on Bulldog Insider on The Citadel's athletic website, www.citadelsports.com. The lone exception is Saturday's game against Kansas State, which will be an audio only broadcast.

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