February 21, 2013

Bulldogs Head to Jacksonville for Three-Game Set with North Florida

 Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel hits the road for the first time this season for a weekend series against North Florida in Jacksonville.

The Bulldogs and Ospreys, both 3-1 on the season, will play on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.  

The Citadel is coming off a dramatic 6-4 win over Winthrop at Riley Park on Wednesday, scoring the go-ahead run on a double by Bailey Rush with two outs in the eighth. The Bulldogs defeated George Mason and Kansas State and lost to High Point last weekend.

North Florida opened its season by winning two of three games against West Virginia and then needed 11 innings to defeat Bethune-Cookman 4-2 on Tuesday.

The Citadel and North Florida have met three times, including a split of a two-game series last year at Riley Park. The Ospreys won the opener 6-3, and the Bulldogs bounced back for a 5-1 victory. North Florida won the only other meeting with a 7-4 triumph in Jacksonville in 1995.

The Citadel will go with the same three starters who took the mound last weekend. Senior right hander Austin Pritcher starts on Friday followed by sophomore lefty James Reeves on Saturday and freshman righty Austin Mason on Sunday.

All three Bulldog starters had strong efforts last week. Pritcher tossed six innings of four-hit shutout ball with six strikeouts in a 9-1 win over George Mason. Reeves was the winner in a 10-8 victory over Kansas State, going five innings and giving up six hits and three runs (two earned) with no walks and four strikeouts.

Mason made his collegiate debut in Sunday's 7-2 loss to High Point but did not factor in the decision. He allowed only three hits and one run in six innings.

North Florida will send out a trio of seniors to face the Bulldogs, with southpaw Tommy Organ going on Friday followed by right handers Kyle Westwood and Nick Allbritton. Organ was the winning pitcher in last year's Osprey win over The Citadel, striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings.

After the trip to Jacksonville, the Bulldogs return home to face UNC Asheville on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and play at Charleston Southern the following day at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs conclude a busy week by hosting Pittsburgh, VCU and UNC Asheville in the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites on March 1-3.

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