March 1, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Mar. 1, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Opening Tip/First Pitch!

It sure is good to see Caleb Davis back in his TCBF office, wearing his traditional starched shirt and tie, after his heart surgery. We’re glad you’re healthy and back in McAlister Field House!

Last night (Thursday) was the final home game of the basketball season and a pregame salute to senior captain Mike Groselle and graduate student Stephen Elmore was gratifying, especially for Groselle who, during his career, has put up Hall of Fame-type numbers. 

Speaking of Groselle, he needs your (daily) vote as he is one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.  Please see the piece below and be sure to vote for Groselle daily at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/

And if you’re planning to attend the SoCon Basketball Tournament in Asheville, NC from March 8-11, we ask that you secure your tickets from us by calling 843/953-DOGS (3647).

The baseball team returns home this weekend as it hosts the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites.  The Citadel plays Pittsburgh and VCU on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at 4 pm and then faces UNC Asheville in a doubleheader on Sunday at 2:30. The second game is a makeup of a contest that was rained out on Tuesday.

Speaking of baseball, we tip our caps to right fielder Tyler Griffin, who was honored as one of three national hitters of the week by Collegiate Baseball (see below). 

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Hoopsters Fall to PC in ESPN Bracket Busters Game

Presbyterian College's Khalid Mutakabbir recorded a game-high 25 points as the Blue Hose earned a 68-65 victory over The Citadel in the ESPN Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster game on Saturday evening in Clinton.

Senior Mike Groselle led four Citadel players with a team-high 15 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the field and 5-for-8 at the charity stripe.  Also reaching double figures for The Citadel were P.J. Horgan (14 points), Marshall Harris III (12) and Matt Van Scyoc (10).  Horgan and Groselle narrowly missed double-doubles as they posted nine rebounds apiece.

The Citadel capitalized on its offensive possessions, finishing 20-of-38 (52.6%) from the floor.  That marks the Cadets' 12th game this season of shooting better than 50 percent.  The struggles came from the free throw line where the Bulldogs converted just 21-of-32 (65.6%).

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

Attention Citadel Fans:  Mike Groselle Needs Your Vote

Basketball senior Mike Groselle has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. 

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in October.  Nationwide fan voting has begun and fans can vote EVERY DAY from now until March 25.  Please take a moment and support Mike Groselle for this award by casting your ballot at (http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/)

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

SoCon Basketball Tournament Information

The Southern Conference Basketball Tournament returns to Asheville, March 8-11, and if you’re planning to attend – and we hope that you will – we respectfully request that you secure your tickets from us.  All of our tickets are good for any two-game session and are $18 each.  We have tickets on sale now through The Athletic Ticket Office, so call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647) and we’ll set you up.  If you need assistance or suggestions for travel, please refer to www.SoConTravel.com.

Baseball Drops Two of Three at North Florida; Falls at Charleston Southern

Charleston Southern scored six times in the first and built an early 7-0 lead before holding off a Citadel rally in an 8-6 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday at CSU Ballpark.

Charleston Southern had six hits including a pair of home runs in the first against freshman Nate Brecklin, who was making his first career start.  The Citadel tallied four runs in the sixth inning when Jason Smith and Joe Jackson singled and Bo Thompson walked to load the bases with nobody out.  A fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Tyler Griffin scored one run, and another came across on a pinch-hit double by Drew DeKerlegand.

With two outs, Johnathan Stokes came through with a two-run single for his first two RBI of the season and brought The Citadel within 7-5. Three walks and a wild pitch made it 7-6 in the seventh, but the Bulldogs could not get a big hit with runners on second and third and one out.

For the third time in as many days, North Florida staged a late rally to take the rubber game of a three-game series with a 4-3 victory over The Citadel on Sunday in Jacksonville.

Tyler Marincov lined a single through a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth off Skylar Hunter to cap a comeback from a 3-0 deficit.  The Ospreys scored twice in the seventh and two more in the ninth to spoil an outstanding performance by freshman starter Austin Mason.

Mason took a one-hit shutout into the seventh when Donnie Dewees lined a two-run homer just inside the right field foul pole to get the Ospreys within 3-2.  A single and walk followed before Zach Sherrill escaped further damage by striking out Drew Weeks with the bases loaded.  David Rivera allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth before Hunter took over in the ninth.  Alex Bacon led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored the tying run on a base hit to right off the bat of Corey Bass.

On Saturday, Griffin's third home run of the game staked The Citadel to an 8-4 lead in the top of the seventh before North Florida rallied for four runs in its half of the inning and another in the eighth to pull out a 9-8 victory.  Griffin became the first Bulldog to hit three homers in a game since Richard Jones did it against Davidson on April 12, 2009 and the first with a multi-homer performance since Justin Mackert had two against Furman on April 7, 2011.

Griffin had a career-high five RBI. He had a final chance for a school record fourth home run following a Thompson double with two outs in the eighth and The Citadel down by a run but struck out.  Griffin increased his home run total on the season to four while Thompson slammed his second of the year. Thompson and Griffin went back-to-back as part of a three-run fifth that gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead, and Jackson added an RBI ground out in the inning.

On Friday, The Citadel took advantage of three hit batters and a crucial error to score three times in the 11th inning for a 6-3 victory over North Florida in the opener in Jacksonville.   After North Florida wiped out a 3-0 deficit with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth, Hughston Armstrong was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the 11th.  After fouling off two bunt attempts, Mason Davis bounced a single over the head of the third baseman to put two on with nobody out.  Davis was forced at second on a bunt by DeKerlegand. Jackson then hit a grounder back to the pitcher, whose low throw eluded the second baseman and allowed Armstrong to score the tiebreaking run

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

Tyler Griffin Earns National Award from Collegiate Baseball

After a sizzling four-game stretch which included a three-homer performance, junior right fielder Tyler Griffin has been honored as one of three national hitters of the week by Collegiate Baseball.  He shared the award with Marcus Davis of Florida State and Charlie White of Maryland.

Griffin went 8-for-17 last week for a .471 batting average.  He scored three runs and drove in nine and became the first Bulldog since Richard Jones against Davidson in 2009 to hit three home runs in a game when he accomplished the feat in the middle game of the North Florida series on Saturday.

The previous day against the Ospreys, Griffin went 4-for-5 with an RBI.  He nearly hit a fourth home run in the series when he drove one to the fence in left center in Sunday's game but had to settle for a sacrifice fly.

Griffin is one of only four players in Citadel history to hit three home runs in a game.  In addition to Jones, the other two players to do so were Garrick Haltiwanger vs. South Carolina in 1994 and Philip Hartig vs. UNC Greensboro in 2001.

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.

Porter, Wessinger Earn Spots on the Pedestal as Bulldogs Complete Action at SoCon Track and Field Indoor Championships

Geno Porter and Micah Wessinger earned spots on the winner's pedestal in the weight throw and 800m, respectively, as The Citadel track and field teams participated in the 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Championships on the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

 

Porter, who dominated the Bulldogs' throwers throughout the season, heaved the 35-lb. weight 56'6" to take third place in the event and earned a spot on the all-conference team.  Porter, in his first collegiate season, recorded a mark of 50-feet or more in five of the six indoor meets.  The throw moves the Fort Dorchester graduate into second place in Citadel history.

Wessinger ran her way to the pedestal for the third time and scored for her team for the fourth time of her career at the indoor conference championship meet as the senior captain topped her own school record in the 800m with a 2:12.70 to earn third place in the event.  She won the 800m her freshman year before returning in 2011 with a third place finish and a time of 2:12.79.  The Chester native took seventh place last season in the event.

Both the men and women's 4x400m relay teams took third place and were tabbed with all-conference honors.  The men's team of Jamaal Brantley, Tevin Williams, Gus Vazquez-Milan and Kevin Poland posted a 3:20.92, while the women's quartet of Wessinger, Danielle McKee, Danielle Williams and Tanisha Bethel clocked in at 3:55.04.

Two other Bulldog throwers, Clay Allen and Dylan Gidado, scored for the men's team in the weight throw taking seventh and eighth place, respectively.  Allen heaved the weight a personal-best 49'3" to move into seventh all-time, while Gidado took eighth with a throw of 48'9" to improve on his eighth place mark in The Citadel's record book.

Jamaal Brantley finished in fifth place in the 60m-sprint finals with a 6.94.  Tevin Williams took seventh in the 400m on the men's side with a 50.71, while Caillian Colquitt's 5,000m time of 19:16 moved her into fourth in Citadel history for the event.

Freshmen distance runners Jackie Thompson and Jessica DeWitte also etched their names in the school's record book as Thompson posted a mile time of 5:30.03 to move into eighth all-time, while DeWitte finished closely behind with a 5:30.21 to take ninth in Citadel history.  Darius Johnson earned a spot on the all-freshman squad for his performance in the 60m high hurdles, clocking in at 8.78.

During the opening day, Nicole Levermann and Andi Love shined as Levermann kicked off the championship by earning a school-record 3,327 points in the pentathlon to take fourth place.

The junior, who bettered her previous school record of 3,255, has now scored for the Bulldogs in each of her three conference indoor meets.

In the women's shot put, Love posted a monster heave of 43'6.5" to take fifth place in the meet and move into second all-time in Citadel history.

Tevin Williams advanced to the finals in the men's 400, winning his heat with a time of 50.71.  Dylan Gidado took seventh place in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 48'11", while the women's distance medley relay team of Jessica DeWitte, Alex Moss, Jackie Thompson and Danielle McKee ran a 12:46 to move into third place in Citadel history. 

Women’s Team Scores

1.   Western Carolina              1
2.   Appalachian State             143.
3.   Samford                            13
4.   Elon                                   8
5.   Georgia Southern              70.5
6.   The Citadel                       21
7.   College of Charleston       18
8.   Chattanooga                      13
9.   UNC Greensboro              9
10. Wofford                            8
11. Davidson                           7
12. Furman                              4

Men’s Team Scores

1.  Appalachian State              183.
2.  Samford                             179
3.  Western Carolina               161.5
4.  Davidson                            30
5.  UNC Greensboro               29
6.  The Citadel                        27
6.  Chattanooga                       27
8.  Furman                               22
9.  Wofford                             3

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

Manor Posts Top 10 Finish at SCAD Invitational

Freshman Eraina Manor opened the spring golf season with a two-day score of 158 (+14) and tied for 10th at the Savannah College of Art & Design Invitational, which took place at The Club of Savannah Harbor's par-72, 5,900-yard course.

The Bulldogs posted a 649 (341-328, +93) as host Savannah College of Art & Design captured the tournament crown with a 615, three shots better than Lander.  

Manor (81-77—158), who was the only Bulldog to post a round in the 70s, became just the fifth golfer in program history to finish in the top 10 of a tournament.  She was nine shots better than Kellie Anderson, who recorded a 23-over 167 (85-82) for the tournament.

Other Citadel scorecards included TaKima Butler (85-86—171), who placed 44th, Hollie Salvo (91-83—174) and Amelia Goodwin (90-96—186).

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

Weather Washes out Netters’ Weekend

Due to inclement weather, Saturday’s match against Spartanburg Methodist College was cancelled.

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

Spring Football Continues

The football team’s 15 spring practices have begun at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field and they’ll culminate with the Spring Game on March 9 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Here is the schedule of spring practices:

  • Friday, Mar. 1 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 2 @10am
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6 @4pm
  • Friday, Mar 8 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 9 @1pm

Citadel Football Association to Present 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest is just around the corner.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 9 in conjunction with The Citadel’s spring football game at Johnson Hagood Stadium and is sponsored by The Citadel Football Association.

Awards will be given in six categories topped by the Most Beautiful Bulldog. Other categories include Best Costume, Best Tail Wagger, Best Smiler, Miss Congeniality and Mr. Personality. A beauty pageant featuring all of the entered dogs will take place at halftime of the spring game.

Awards will also be presented to the dog that travelled the furthest and for the oldest dog.

All registration will be done online by credit card with a fee of $40 at cfabulldogs.com beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15 and closing at 5 p.m. on March 8. No dogs may be registered at the door on Saturday. A maximum of 60 dogs will be able to compete and no more than two dogs per person or family.

All entrants must be current on vaccinations and heartworm preventative, and a certificate of vaccinations is required at the stadium.  Owners must also be covered by homeowner’s insurance and are also responsible for their dog’s own water and bowl, umbrella for shade and cooling, pad or rug for their dog to rest on and other items for their dog’s comfort.  A veterinarian will be present during the contest.

Entrants will check in under the home side stands at 11 a.m. on March 9, and judging will take place from 11:30-12:30 followed by a free hot dog lunch for owners.  All human friends and family of dog owners are encouraged to visit the dogs in the judging area and attend the spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m.  There is no admission for both the Beautiful Bulldog Contest and the spring game.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Citadel’s live mascots, General and Boo, in addition to The Citadel Football Association’s Scholarship Program.  For additional information, contact Assistant Athletics Director Mike Groshon at 843/953-2161.

Buy an Aerial Photo of Johnson Hagood Stadium; Proceeds Benefit TCBF and Live Bulldog Mascots

Assistant Athletics Director/Facilities Mike Groshon ’76 has come across 40 aerial photos of a filled Johnson Hagood Stadium (see attached) that TCBF is selling for only $10.  Of the $10, five dollars will go toward athletic scholarships while the remaining five dollars will go toward the feeding of the college’s two live bulldog mascots, General and Boo.

To order yours, please call us at 843/953-5277.

Soccer Tops Charleston Southern, Ties Coker in Spring Contests

Mariana Garcia notched a goal in each of Sunday's two spring matches to help lead the soccer team to a 2-1 win over Charleston Southern before playing to a 1-1 draw against Coker at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

In the opening 45-minute period of the round robin event, Jillian Meyer, along with Garcia, each netted a goal before allowing a goal to put the Buccaneers on the board.

In the second frame, Ana Mesa delivered a pass to Garcia, who was able to knock it past the Coker goalkeeper for her second score of the day.

John Hartwell ’87 Joins NCAA Basketball Issues Committee

Troy University Director of Athletics John Hartwell, a member of The Citadel Class of 1987,  has been selected to serve a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee, effective Sept. 1, 2013.
 
The primary duties of the committee are to ensure that appropriate oversight of men's basketball is maintained, with emphasis on recruiting; to enhance the development and public perception of men's basketball; and to make recommendations on policy issues unrelated to legislative and playing rules.
  
The committee is comprised of 18 members, including student-athlete representation and current Division I men's basketball coaching staff members and is currently chaired by University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart.

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.

He Said It:

“I enjoy watching Mike Groselle play.  He’s kind of old-school, a throwback type of player.”

 - Former Maryland great Len Elmore, whose son Stephen also plays for the Bulldogs, on senior center Mike Groselle.
“(He would) fit in very well with the players you see on those old newsreels on ESPN from the 1950s and 1960s. … He uses his IQ so well.  He sees the game so very well and plays the angles. And for a guy who doesn’t jump well, he has an uncanny knack for deflections and blocked shots and preventing second shots.”
 - Davidson coach Bob McKillop, on Groselle.

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

Mar. 1              Amir Khaledi                          Volleyball
Mar. 2              Lynn Meador                          Administration
Mar. 2              Barbara Mellor                        Brigadier Foundation
Mar. 8              Kelly Simpson                         Administration
Mar. 11            Gina Inabnett                          Brigadier Foundation
Mar. 13            Darlene Poston                        Administration
Mar. 17            Jon Cole                                  Administration
Mar. 20            Geoff Von Dollen                   Administration

Upcoming Events

Mar. 8-11        Southern Conference Basketball @Asheville, NC
Mar. 9              Beautiful Bulldog Contest @Johnson Hagood Stadium
                        Spring Football Game @Johnson Hagood Stadium
May 22-26       Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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