March 28, 2013

Bulldogs Resume Southern Conference Action with Trip to Western Carolina

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel plays its first Southern Conference series in two weeks when the Bulldogs visit Western Carolina for three games beginning Friday at 5 p.m. in Cullowhee, N.C.

Saturday's game begins at 2 p.m. while the Sunday getaway game starts at 1 p.m.

The Citadel (15-10, 4-2 SoCon) is looking to reverse a trend which has seen the Bulldogs drop 12 of their last 15 games in Cullowhee, including Catamount sweeps in 2007 and 2011. The Citadel has lost five straight series at Western since taking two of three in 2002.

Senior right hander Austin Pritcher (3-1, 2.21 ERA) will pitch for the Bulldogs on Friday and will be opposed by Catamount sophomore righty Jeremy Null (2-1, 3.16). Pritcher ranks third in the SoCon in ERA while also placing seventh in opponent batting average (.233) and eighth in innings (36 2/3).

Pritcher has the only Bulldog win over Western in the last two years, earning a 4-2 victory in 2012 when he allowed seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts in seven innings. The Catamounts won the other two games of that series at Riley Park by scores of 11-4 and 6-5.

Saturday's starter for The Citadel has not yet been determined, with sophomore left hander James Reeves (1-1, 4.79) and junior southpaw Logan Cribb (1-2, 3.57) in contention to take the ball. Senior lefty Morgan McKinney (1-2, 3.92) will start for the Catamounts.

In the series finale on Sunday, freshman right hander Austin Mason (2-1, 5.52) will face junior righty Jordan Smith (1-3, 4.86).

Despite the recent lack of success against Western on the road, the Bulldogs hold a narrow 38-37 lead in the series since Fred Jordan became head coach in 1992, including 28-18 in Charleston and 10-19 in Cullowhee. The Citadel is 8-5 against the Catamounts in the SoCon tournament under Jordan.

Following the weekend at Western, the Bulldogs play a home-and-home series against Coastal Carolina, hosting the Chanticleers on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before traveling to Field in Myrtle Beach the following evening, also at 6 p.m.

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