April 4, 2013

The Citadel and Elon Meet in SoCon Series Beginning Friday at Riley Park

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel returns to Southern Conference play this weekend when Elon visits Riley Park for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs and Phoenix also meet Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Citadel (16-14, 5-4 SoCon) will be looking to reverse a skid that has reached seven losses in the past nine games against an Elon team that is heading in the opposite direction, having won 11 of its last 15 to improve to 18-12 and 10-5 in the conference. The Phoenix trail only Georgia Southern (9-3) in the SoCon standings heading into the weekend.

The Phoenix, picked to win the SoCon in the preseason coaches' poll, has won seven straight against the Bulldogs. A year ago, Elon swept the regular season series at home and then captured a 7-3 victory in the second round of the conference tournament in Greenville. The Phoenix also took three games on its last visit to Charleston in 2011.

Prior to the current Phoenix winning streak, The Citadel won all five games in 2010 including SoCon tournament contests by scores of 6-3 and 6-5 en route to its most recent conference title.

On the strength of its current winning streak over The Citadel, Elon has taken a 20-17 lead in the all-time series dating back to its entry into the SoCon in 2004. The Bulldogs have a narrow 10-9 edge over the Phoenix at Riley Park.

Right hander Austin Pritcher (3-2, 3.24 ERA) will face against lefty Dylan Clark (3-2, 3.00) on Friday in a matchup of seniors. The pair opened last year's series and tossed gems in a 2-1 Elon win. Clark allowed four hits and struck out four in 8 1/3 innings while Pritcher was the tough luck loser, going the distance and giving up five hits and no earned runs with five strikeouts.

Junior left hander Logan Cribb (1-2, 3.90) and senior righty Kyle Webb (3-0, 3.07) take the mound on Saturday followed by a matchup of freshman right hander Austin Mason (2-1, 5.94) and another Elon senior, southpaw Spencer Medick (4-1, 1.76).

Cribb and Medick started the Sunday game last year that was won by Elon 4-2. Cribb went 6 2/3 and surrendered five hits and all four runs with four strikeouts. Medick was the winner, giving up five hits and both Bulldog runs with five punchouts in 7 1/3 innings.

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