April 19, 2013

Today's Blue & White - April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

First Pitch!

Congratulations are in order for senior track and field captain Micah Wessinger, who last week broke another school record in the 400m. We also salute baseball coach Fred Jordan on capturing his 500th home victory that was set Wednesday night at Riley Park.

Most of our spring sports conclude action this week/weekend at their respective Southern Conference championships, although the Diamond Dogs have yet another month of play before their tournament that will be held May 22-26 at Flour Field in Greenville.
As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue full of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Baseball Sweeps at Georgia Southern; Tops ETSU in Coach Fred Jordan’s 500th Home Victory

Hughston Armstrong and Johnathan Stokes homered in consecutive innings to stake The Citadel to sizeable early lead, and the Bulldogs cruised to a 7-3 victory over East Tennessee State in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Riley Park.

The win was the 500th at home for The Citadel in 22 seasons under head coach Fred Jordan, a total that includes 365 at Riley Park. It came at the expense of former Bulldog standout and Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame member Tony Skole, who is in his 14th season as the head coach at ETSU.

The Bulldogs took advantage of three ETSU errors in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded and two out, Calvin Orth hit a grounder that was booted by the shortstop, who parlayed the miscue by throwing the ball into right field for his second error on the play. Armstrong and Joe Jackson came across to score for the quick Citadel lead.  That's when the power took over.

With two on and one out in the second, Armstrong drove one over the fence in right field for his first home run in 102 career games, extending The Citadel lead to 5-0. The center fielder had two hits in the contest.  An inning later, Orth walked to lead off the frame and Stokes launched a 0-2 pitch just inside the left field foul pole for a two-run shot and a 7-0 Bulldog cushion. The round tripper was Stokes' second of the season and career and increased his RBI total to 30 after driving in five his entire freshman season.

The Citadel’s pitching staff completed a dominating three-game performance at Georgia Southern behind the best start of the season by freshman Austin Mason in an 8-2 win over the Eagles on a rainy Sunday in Statesboro.

Mason turned in the longest performance of his young career and the longest for a Citadel pitcher this season, going eight innings and allowing five hits and two unearned runs with no walks and five strikeouts. He was working on The Citadel's third straight shutout until Georgia Southern took advantage of a two-out error to score an unearned run in the seventh.

Including an 11-0 win on Friday and a 1-0 victory in 11 innings on Saturday, the Bulldogs allowed the fewest runs in a SoCon series since giving up just one in a sweep of Marshall in 1995. Georgia Southern managed only 13 hits and one extra base hit the entire weekend while losing all three games at home in a series for the first time since that Citadel sweep three years ago.

Calvin Orth led the offensive attack on Sunday, blasting his third home run of the series and driving in three to give him eight RBI over the weekend. The junior first baseman entered the series with just three home runs in his career but had two including a grand slam on Friday and added a solo shot in the sixth on Sunday to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.

On Saturday Joe Jackson singled in Mason Davis with two outs in the 11th and The Citadel pitching staff continued to throw up zeroes as the Bulldogs clinched their Southern Conference series with a 1-0 win over Georgia Southern.  Logan Cribb and three relievers combined on a three-hitter to emerge victorious in a classic pitcher's duel.

Cribb worked the first 5 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with a season-high seven strikeouts but did not factor in the decision. Zach Sherrill gave up just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings before David Rivera retired the Eagles in order in the 10th and earned the win after the Bulldogs snapped the deadlock an inning later.

After Rivera hit a batter to lead off the bottom of the 11th, Skylar Hunter came in and struck out the side to finish off the shutout and earn the eighth save of his freshman season. Bulldog pitchers struck out a total of 12 Georgia Southern batters while walking only three.

On Friday Orth homered twice and drove in five runs to back the shutout pitching of Austin Pritcher and two relievers in an 11-0 victory over Georgia Southern in the opening game of the series.

Pritcher cruised through the first seven innings to win for the first time since earning a 12-3 win over Samford on March 8. He allowed five hits and his seven strikeouts pushed him over the 200 mark in his career, finishing the night with 203. With 18 victories in his career, Pritcher is the winningest active pitcher in the SoCon.  Hunter and Ross White both worked a hitless inning to complete the shutout, the first since an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on March 1.

Orth gave The Citadel the only run it would need when he tucked an opposite field solo homer just inside the right field foul pole. He added a grand slam to highlight a five-run eighth that blew the game wide open.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Baseball Ticket Promotions

Our marketing staff has come up with several standing promotions for baseball season that encompasses games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tuesday games will be our Mr. Pigs Twitter Tuesday’s. Starting on the Friday at 11:30 am before a Tuesday game (excluding the South Carolina game) two (2) pictures will be posted on twitter and Facebook identifying two (2) products from Piggly Wiggly. Fans who bring both Piggly Wiggly branded items to the box office on the day of the game (Tuesday) will receive one (1) free ticket for the day’s game. Pictures will be reposted every day at 11:30 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) leading up to the Tuesday game. Most proceeds to benefit the Charleston Food Bank.

Please note that in order to receive a free ticket, all items must be the Piggly Wiggly brand.

Wednesday games will be Wendy’s Winning Wednesday’s as fans will have the opportunity to get a $4 ticket (Student/Faculty price) when they exchange their Wendy’s receipt at the box office on the day of the game. If we win, Wendy’s coupons will be distributed at the gate during exiting.

Please note that one ticket will be rewarded per receipt, and that the receipt will be collected.

Sunday’s games are Family Funday. Kidet Club members receive free admission when they wear their Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt and are accompanied by an adult. Also, fans who bring their Sunday Church Bulletin will receive a discounted $4 ticket.

Baseball Parking Information

Fans coming to Riley Park for home Citadel baseball games this season have several parking opportunities.  Those possessing any level membership in The Citadel Brigadier Foundation (you must have your membership card or window decal), baseball season pass or vehicles displaying the approved handicapped placard are permitted to park in the lot adjacent to the facility. Others are encouraged to park in what is referred to as the “MUSC Lot” across the street, while Brittlebank Park is another viable option. Parking is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Micah Wessinger Breaks School Record in 400m as Track and Field Completes Action at Carolina Cup

A week after shattering her own school record in the 800m, senior captain Micah Wessinger broke another school record in the 400m with a time of 57.15 as the track and field teams completed action at the Carolina Cup in Rock Hill.

The Chester native improved on her record time that she set on the same track a season ago when she clocked in at 57.20.  Nicole Levermann, who was participating in five events to prepare for next week's conference multi-events, took first place and recorded personal bests in the high jump with a clearance of 5'5" and the javelin with a heave of 110'5".

The junior also ran a15.42 in the 100m hurdles and long jumped 16'9.5".  Danielle McKee took third place in the 800m and moved into second in school history with a 2:16.50, while freshmen Jackie Thompson (2:25.29) and Jessica DeWitte (2:26.48) etched their names in The Citadel record book in the same event, moving into fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the field events, Andi Love threw the hammer a personal best 131'4" to move into seventh all-time, while Savannah Emmrich matched her pole vault personal best with a clearance of 10-feet.  Emmrich also recorded a triple jump mark of 31'1.25" to move into second in school history and long jumped a ninth-best distance of 14'6.75".

Mark Boozer cleared the bar at 13'11.25" in the pole vault for a season best, while Capers Williamson, who won last week's SoCon Field athlete of the week citation, took first place in the javelin with a distance of 171'11".

In the relays, the men's 4x100m team of Gus Vazquez-Milan, Tevin Williams, Cody Richardson and Jamaal Brantley ran their second fastest time of the season, clocking in at 42.33, while the school record holding 4x100m team of Chalita Johnson, Tanisha Bethel, Danielle Williams and Levermann posted a time of 48.38.

Darius Johnson and Nick Prestigiacomo both posted season-bests in the 110m high hurdles and 400m hurdles, respectively. Geno Porter continued to improve in the hammer with a personal-best heave of 143'6".

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Samford Whitewashes Netters

The No. 1 doubles team of David Orces and Peter Bleach earned a doubles victory although The Citadel fell to Samford, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Samford Tennis Center.  With the loss, The Citadel earned a No. 11 seed in the Southern Conference tournament, which is set to commence April 18.

Although The Citadel did not win the doubles point, the duo of Orces and Bleach paired for the first time this spring and defeated Samford's duo, 8-4.  All of the Bulldogs dropped their singles matches in straight sets.

Due to rain and slick conditions Monday’s match at Spartanburg Methodist was cancelled.  

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Golf’s Manor Posts Strong Opening at SoCon Championship

Freshman Eraina Manor capped off the 2013 Southern Conference Golf Championship at the Moss Creek Golf Club's North Course in Hilton Head with a three-day 12-over-par to finish tied for 35th place.

Manor (80-81-84=245) finished the final round with nine pars which gave her 31 in her first Southern Conference  Golf Championship.

Kellie Anderson (86-86-86=258) matched Manor as the only Citadel golfer to post three consecutive rounds in the 80s.  Anderson executed her short game to finish with three birdies on the tournament, including one on the 11th hole in Tuesday's action.  Senior TaKima Butler (90-95-85=270) ended her collegiate career on a positive note as she carded a final round 85, which placed her in 46th with a 54-over-par. Hollie Salvo (+54) tied Butler's 270 with scores of 90, 86, 94.

Completing the card for The Citadel was McKenzie Duncan (105-90-91=286) who ended the tournament with a +70.

The Bulldogs ended the tournament in 10th place with a team score of 1,035 (346-343-346, +171). Ahead of The Citadel were Appalachian State (941, +77) and Western Carolina (969, +105).

Chattanooga (895, +31) finished six shots better than Furman (901) to earn their fourth straight team title in as many years and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mocs' Agathe Sauzon (75-71-72=218) earned top individual honors, edging out College of Charleston's Mary Chandler Bryan (76-71-71=218) with a birdie from three feet away in a sudden death playoff. Day two leader, Fanny Cnops (UNCG) tied with Valentina Romero (Furman), for third place with scores of 219.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Basketball Hands Out Honors at 2012-13 Awards Banquet

The Basketball team placed the finishing touches on the 2012-13 season with an awards banquet at Pearson Lounge on Monday evening.

With fans, friends, family and alumni on hand, the team recognized the efforts of sophomores Marshall Harris III and P.J. Horgan, and drew to a close the career of senior Mike Groselle. Groselle earned five postseason honors including a place among the top 10 list for the Senior CLASS Award, where he was named First Team All-American.

That went along with being tabbed as all-conference by the Southern Conference coaches, second team all-conference by members of the media, SoCon Academic All-Conference and CoSIDA Academic All-District.

Groselle leaves as the program's leader in career double-doubles (27), second in rebounds (738), second in field goal percentage (58.9) and seventh in points (1,359). The Plano, Texas, native closed out a senior season in which he hit better than 50 percent from the floor in 21 of 30 starts including a four-game stretch of SoCon games where he knocked down 61.5 percent from the floor. This allowed Groselle to become the first player in Citadel history to lead the team in field goal percentage by hitting 50 percent or better in three straight seasons.

Harris left his mark in The Citadel's record books as he moved to second on the assist list with his 155 dishes in 2012-13. Harris finished behind Jimmy Tharpe (179; 1985-86) and edged out Johnny Smith (153; 1989-90) in single-season assists. 

By virtue of handing out 155 assists and committing 76 turnovers, Harris also put himself in fifth place tie on the Dogs' assist-turnover ratio for a season with 2.0.

2012-13 Citadel Basketball Banquet Award Winners 

Rebounding Award: Mike Groselle
Assist Award: Marshall Harris III
Academic Award: Mike Groselle
Outstanding Free Throw Shooter: Marshall Harris III
CBA Most Improved Player Award: Dylen Setzekorn
William Ackerman Award: P.J. Horgan
Keith Hamilton Award: Quinton Marshall
Most Valuable Player Award: Mike Groselle

Volleyball Releases Schedule

Volleyball coach Amir Khaledi announced his team's 2013 schedule, showcasing a slate that includes 14 home matches and four in-season tournaments beginning with a visit to South Florida to open the season.

The two-day event begins when the Bulldogs square off with the host Bulls on Aug. 30 before facing Ball State and first-time opponent Austin Peay.

On Sept. 3, The Citadel will give fans a preview of the 2013 season when it hosts its the traditional Blue-White scrimmage.

The Cadets then head to their second tournament of the season on Sept. 6-7 where they are slated to meet Loyola (Ill.), Morgan State and the host Pirates at the East Carolina Tournament in Greenville, N.C.  The following weekend the Bulldogs will host a two-day tournament at McAlister Field House which includes meetings against DePaul (Sept. 13), Radford (Sept. 13), S.C. State (Sept. 14) and Charleston Southern (Sept. 14).

Their final in-season tournament will take place on Sept. 20-21 at Winthrop with the Dogs facing UNC Wilmington, Bethune-Cookman and the host Eagles.  The Citadel opens SoCon play by hosting a weekend series against UNCG (Sept. 27) and Elon (Sept. 28).

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Wrestling Set to Host Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

The Citadel Wrestling Club invites alumni, fans and friends of the program to their 5th  Annual Golf Tournament at The Golf Club on Saturday, April 20, at Wescott Plantation in North Charleston. All proceeds benefit The Citadel Wrestling Program.

The event has a scheduled start at 12 noon and will include a catered lunch between 11-11:50 a.m.

Join The Citadel Wrestling team for an afternoon of golf, prizes, food and fun. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams as well as to the participants with the longest drive and closest to the pin at the set locations.

Mulligans will be sold Saturday morning at registration and prizes will be awarded following the conclusion of the tournament. The Citadel’s coaches will provide the group with an update on the program and what is coming next.

Sponsorships and donations are both needed and greatly appreciated. If you are unable to play, please consider becoming a hole, t-shirt or cart sponsor.

Price is $125 per person and it includes cart, greens fees, taxes, range balls and pre-tournament lunch. Team registration is $440 if paid prior to the event and $500 if paid on the day of the event.

For more information, registration or to enquire about a sponsorship, please contact Col. Reedy Hopkins at reedyhopkins@yahoo.com.

Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:

Baseball                       June 24-27                   Day Camp                   

                                    June 28-June 30          Father/Son Camp

Basketball                   June 17-21                   Day Camp

                                    June 21-23                   Team Camp                   

Wrestling                    July 5-12                      Multiple                       

Soccer                         June 10-13                   Day Camp 1                

                                    June 17-20                   Day Camp 2           

                                    June 24-27                   Day Camp 3    

Football                       June 10-14                   Youth Camp

                                    June 14-15                   Skill/Lineman Camp

                                    June 19-21                   Team option Camp

For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.

Director of Music Named 2013 Employee of the Year

Retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson is The Citadel's 2013 Employee of the Year. He will be honored at a faculty and staff reception and take review with Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa during the April 19 military dress parade.

Alverson received a $1,500 cash award, a gift package from Auxiliary Services, free campus parking for one year and 2013 season tickets to Citadel football games with reserved parking.

Alverson came to The Citadel in 2004. Since then he has been instrumental in raising the national and international profile of the Regimental Band and Pipes. In 2010 the cadet company was the only U.S. organization to participate in the Royal Edinburg Military Tattoo. It was the second trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Regimental Band and Pipes. The first was in 1991.

He also played an integral role in securing entrance to the upcoming Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this summer.

Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for  the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

April 20           Aashon Larkins                       Football
April 22           Nelson Burch                          Football
April 24           J.D. Powell                              Basketball

Upcoming Events

April 20           Wrestling’s 5th  Annual Golf Tournament at The Golf Club @Westcott
May 22-26      Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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