April 16, 2013

East Tennessee State and Head Coach Tony Skole Head to Charleston for Midweek Clash with The Citadel

Charleston, S.C. – Former Citadel baseball and football standout Tony Skole, a 2011 inductee into the school's athletic hall of fame, brings his East Tennessee State Buccaneers to Riley Park Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game against the Bulldogs.

The Citadel is coming off a three-game road sweep over Georgia Southern which put the Bulldogs in the thick of the race for the Southern Conference regular season title. With a 9-6 league record, the Bulldogs are tied with Elon (12-6), Western Carolina (12-6) and College of Charleston (11-6) for the fewest losses in SoCon play.

In the three wins over the Eagles, the Bulldogs (20-17 overall) allowed only 13 hits and two unearned runs with 25 strikeouts in 29 innings. The Citadel won 11-0 on Friday and 1-0 in 11 innings on Saturday before a couple of errors gave Georgia Southern its only runs of the weekend in an 8-2 defeat in the series finale on Sunday.

East Tennessee State is 21-12 and 10-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference in its 14th season under Skole. The Buccaneers have won seven of their last eight games, a run interrupted only by a 4-3 loss to Tennessee, and outscored Lipscomb 20-4 in a three-game sweep last weekend.

This is only the third time the Buccaneers have played The Citadel since leaving the SoCon following the 2005 season. In 2007 the Bulldogs won two of three in a season-opening series at Riley Park and took a 4-1 decision in the 2010 opener, also in Charleston.

Skole played his final season at The Citadel in 1992, which was the first as head coach of the Bulldogs for Fred Jordan, and he has a record of 7-19 against his former mentor while at East Tennessee State. Jordan has an overall record of 34-17 against the Buccaneers including 28-6 at home and 21-3 at Riley Park.

Skole played in 206 games with 200 starts, mostly at third base, during his Citadel baseball career. He ranked among the school's leaders in several offensive categories at the time of his graduation, finishing with a batting average of .286 with 40 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 149 runs scored, 127 RBI and 29 stolen bases.

He was one of the heroes of The Citadel's postseason run in 1990. He had three hits including a home run in a 4-1 win over Miami in the Atlantic Region championship game and then drove in the game-winning run in the 12th inning in an 8-7 victory over Cal State-Fullerton at the College World Series. 

As a safety on The Citadel football team, Skole intercepted six passes in his career and was a member of the 1988 and 1990 teams that qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Austin Livingston (2-0, 5.57 ERA) will pitch for the Bulldogs against East Tennessee State after turning in solid performances his past two outings.

The freshman right hander from Ashley Ridge High School allowed only two runs (one earned) with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings against South Carolina last Tuesday, and in his previous start he threw four innings of two-hit ball against Coastal Carolina.

Livingston will be opposed on the mound by fellow freshman righty Griffin Kreig (2-3, 6.59).

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