April 1, 2013

The Citadel and Coastal Carolina Open Home-and-Home Series Tuesday at Riley Park

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel and Coastal Carolina renew its in-state rivalry when the teams meet in a home-and-home set beginning Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Riley Park in a game sponsored by the Yellow Pages.

The teams will meet again the following night at TicketReturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach, with first pitch also at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs (16-12, 5-4 SoCon) snapped a three-game losing streak, all by one run, with a 5-4 win over Western Carolina in their series finale on Saturday. The Chanticleers (15-12, 4-2 Big South) saw their four-game winning streak snapped with a 10-9 loss to VMI on Saturday.

After starting the season 4-8, Coastal has won 11 of its last 15 including two wins over Michigan and one each over Ohio State and Wake Forest.

A pair of freshman right handers will start on Tuesday. Austin Livingston (2-0, 7.82) will be making his seventh appearance and fourth start of the season and will be opposed by Alex Cunningham (1-1, 3.86).

On Wednesday, sophomore right hander Brett Tompkins (1-0, 5.19) takes the hill against redshirt freshman righty Tyler Poole (3-1, 4.15). Tompkins is making his second start of the year, having earned his first collegiate win against Akron on March 12 when he gave up just one run in four innings.

Coastal has held the upper hand in the series over the past several years. The Chanticleers have won nine of the past 10 meetings and had won eight in a row overall and seven straight at Riley Park before Kevin Connell and two relievers combined for a 3-0 win last April 3.

Fred Jordan has a record of 14-27 against Coastal since becoming head coach at The Citadel in 1992, including 7-12 at home (4-9 at Riley Park). One of those wins was a 10-1 victory in the 2004 NCAA tournament in Columbia.

Following the two games against the Chanticleers, the Bulldogs return to SoCon play this weekend with a three-game set at home against Elon. Friday's game is at 6 p.m. followed by contests on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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