Bulldogs Head to Georgia Southern for SoCon Series with Eagles
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel looks to snap out of a two-week skid when the Bulldogs travel to Statesboro for a three-game Southern Conference series against Georgia Southern beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
The series continues with games on Saturday at 5:00 and Sunday at 1:30.
The Citadel enters the weekend with a record of 17-17 overall and 6-6 in the Southern Conference after losing 10 of its last 13 games. The Bulldogs are at the .500 mark for the first time since falling to VCU on March 2.
Georgia Southern is 21-11 and 10-5 in the SoCon but like the Bulldogs has dropped its past two SoCon series. The Eagles are tied with College of Charleston for the fewest conference losses and are a half-game behind Elon (12-6) in the standings.
The Citadel has won just one series in its past five trips to Statesboro, sweeping the Eagles in 2010 en route to its most recent SoCon championship. Last year the Bulldogs took two of three from Georgia Southern at Riley Park.
Georgia Southern holds a 40-34 lead including a record of 23-13 in Statesboro since Fred Jordan became head coach at The Citadel in 1992. The teams have also played 12 times in the SoCon tournament with the Eagles winning seven times.
Senior right hander Austin Pritcher will open a SoCon series for the 15th straight time when he takes the mound on Friday. He is 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts this season, ranking eighth in the SoCon in ERA and ninth in opponent's batting average at .236.
Pritcher will be opposed by sophomore right hander Sam Howard (5-3, 5.55). Logan Cribb (2-2, 3.78) will be making his second Saturday start of the season for the Bulldogs and matches up with freshman lefty Jason Richman (4-2, 4.27).
Freshman righty Austin Mason (2-2, 7.34) continues in his role as the Sunday starter for The Citadel. The Eagles have not yet determined a starter for the series finale.
The Bulldogs will be without the services of Tyler Griffin for an indefinite period. The junior right fielder suffered a fracture in his right foot in a collision with South Carolina's Max Schrock on Tuesday. In Griffin's absence, Hughston Armstrong will move from center to right with freshman Jason Smith expected to see to the majority of the playing time in center.
Following the series at Georgia Southern, the Bulldogs return home to face East Tennessee State on Wednesday at 4:00. The Buccaneers are coached by Tony Skole, a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame and the third baseman on the 1990 College World Series team.
The Citadel takes on Appalachian State in its next SoCon home series April 19-21.