May 9, 2013

The Citadel Hosts College of Charleston to Wrap Up 2013 Home Schedule

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel wraps up its 2013 home season and plays College of Charleston for the final time as Southern Conference rivals when the teams meet in a three-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m. at Riley Park.

The series continues with games at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. There is a possibility that a doubleheader will be played on Saturday depending on the weather forecast for the weekend.

The Bulldogs will be looking to get back to their winning ways after dropping four of their last five and three of their last four in the SoCon. The Citadel (28-21, 15-9) leads Elon by percentage points and the Cougars (26-22, 14-9) by one-half game in the battle for second place in the conference standings.

Western Carolina has won 11 straight conference games and at 18-6 has control of the SoCon race heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

Prior to the start of the final game of the series, The Citadel baseball team will recognize the senior members of this year's squad, a group that includes pitchers Austin Pritcher and Ryan Hines and infielder Ryne Hardwick. Also honored will be team manager Bryce Amick and graduate student Brett Bullard, who is playing his only season as a Bulldog.

Pritcher will start on Friday against College of Charleston senior southpaw Jake Zokan. Pritcher is 6-2 and leads the SoCon in ERA at 2.56, just ahead of Zokan at 2.57. Pritcher is the winningest active pitcher in the conference with 20 and also ranks first in innings pitched (299 1/3), second in strikeouts (220) and fourth in ERA (3.82).

Junior lefty Logan Cribb (3-3, 3.54) will pitch for the Bulldogs on Saturday against senior right hander Ryan West (4-1, 4.28). The final game of the series will pit Citadel freshman righty Austin Mason (3-3, 6.40) and College of Charleston senior righty Matt Pegler (3-2, 3.55). 

The Citadel needs two more wins to secure its 18th season of at least 30 wins in 22 years under head coach Fred Jordan. With two victories this weekend, the Bulldogs will have 20 at Riley Park for the 14th time in 16 full seasons at the facility.

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