Today's Blue & White May 11, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, May 11, 2012


First Pitch!

The white garrison caps flew skyward to conclude this past Saturday’s Commencement Exercises.  A highlight of the graduation came when soccer player Shanna Couch received the prestigious David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award.  She became the first female ever to be recognized as the first honor graduate as she sported a perfect 4.0 during her cadet career.  That is most impressive, and congratulations, Shanna!!!!

Although the campus is relatively quiet even though Maymester has begun, baseball continues this weekend with the final homestand of the season as rival Furman comes to the friendly confines of Riley Park.  Friday’s game begins at 6 pm, Saturday’s will be at 2 pm and Sunday’s Senior Day will begin at 1 pm.

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


Shanna Couch Earns Top Honor Graduate among the Corps of Cadets

Shanna Couch, a member of the soccer team, was recognized Saturday with the David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award for the Corps of Cadets during this past Saturday’s commencement.

The award recognizing the two cadets with the highest academic achievement are sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston.  Couch is the first woman ever to become first honor graduate. 

Couch of Edwardsville, Kan., graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a health, exercise and sport science major with a minor in biology.

Her academic distinctions include being selected this year's Outstanding Student from the School of Science and Mathematics.  Last summer, she studied in Spain as a Star of the West Summer Scholar and was later named an Outstanding Major of the Year by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education. 

Earlier this spring, Couch received the Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship, earning that selection from a pool of 37 candidates based on academic, athletic and community service achievements. She was also selected as the recipient of the Coleman Lew Leadership Award in 2010.

On the soccer field, Couch was a four-year starter and served as a team captain last fall. She appeared in 71 games, the fifth-most in school history, and was one of the top defensive players in the Southern Conference.

Next month, Couch begins work on her doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  With more than 150 volunteer hours logged in at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston, she has gotten a head start on her career.


Baseball Takes Davidson Series

While Tuesday’s game at USC Upstate was postponed due to the threat of rain, the Bulldogs took two of three from Davidson over the weekend.  The Cadets now host rival Furman in a three-game set beginning Friday.

In the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader at Davidson, Logan Cribb tossed six shutout innings while James Reeves and Ryan Hines kept them off the scoreboard in the final three frames as The Citadel completed the doubleheader sweep of the Wildcats with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap.

Cribb improved to 3-2 on the season as he allowed two hits and struck out three with one walk.  Reeves gave up one hit over his 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, while Hines picked up his sixth save as he surrendered up one hit in 1.1 innings of work.  Mason Davis and Johnathan Stokes each had two hits to lead the offense.

The Bulldogs broke the scoreless tie in the seventh with a single run on a RBI single by Davis.  Grant Richards led off the frame with a four-pitch walk and Hayden Hendry pinch ran for Richards.  A sacrifice bunt by Bailey Rush moved Hendry to second and a single by Stokes put runners at the corners.  One out later, Davis lined a single to center on the first pitch to plate Hendry for the only run The Citadel would need.

In Sunday’s first game of the doubleheader, Davis recorded a career-high four RBI on three hits and Joe Jackson added three knocks and three RBI as The Citadel routed Davidson, 15-2, as the Bulldogs used a seven-run fifth inning to break open the game.  TJ Clarkson picked up the win, tossing the final six innings in relief of starter Kevin Connell.  Clarkson struck out six batters, walked none and allowed one unearned run on three hits.  Connell scattered six hits over three innings, allowed one run with four walks and one strikeout.  Stokes scored a career-high three runs as the Bulldogs' 15 runs also represented a season-high.

On Friday Henry Sisson tossed his third complete game of the season to lead Davidson to a 6-2 victory over The Citadel.  Sisson scattered six hits and allowed two runs while striking out four and walking two.  Calvin Orth had a pair of hits to pace the offense, while Austin Pritcher took the loss as he allowed five runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  Nick Orvin's single in the fifth inning was the 310th of his career and moved him into a tie for fourth all-time with Bryan Altman (2007-10).

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Allen Nabs Second Place at Bob Pollock Invitational

Clay Allen threw the javelin 203'10" and captured second place at the Bob Pollock Invitational held at the Rock Norman Track in Clemson on Saturday.

Clemson will host the Tiger Qualifier this weekend where Allen will have another shot to crack the top 48 and move on to the NCAA East Preliminary Round held in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 24-26.  The sophomore is currently ranked 51st on the NCAA Division I East Outdoor Qualifier list with a mark of 204'6".  


Darien Robinson Selected to CFPA Watch List

Fullback Darien Robinson has been selected one of 39 FCS running backs named to the College Football Performance Awards “Watch List” for the upcoming 2012 season.

Robinson, a rising junior, is coming off a 2011 campaign which saw him play in all 11 games with 10 starts and carry 136 times for 862 yards and nine touchdowns.  He led the Bulldogs and ranked sixth in the Southern Conference and 48th in the nation with an average of 78.4 yards per game.

The 6-0, 210-pound native of McKeesport, Pa., averaged 6.34 yards per carry a year ago, tied for the seventh-highest figure in school history, and his career yards per attempt average of 5.90 also stands seventh.  Robinson enters the 2012 season just 38 yards shy of joining The Citadel's 1,000-yard rushing club.

Robinson went over the 100-yard mark three times last season, including consecutive games of 109 vs. Appalachian State and 106 vs. Western Carolina while also reaching the plateau with 103 vs. Elon.  He gained 92 yards on only nine carries vs. Georgia Southern and added 88 vs. South Carolina.

Robinson played in nine games as a reserve fullback as a freshman in 2010, gaining 100 yards on 27 carries including a season-high 56 vs. top-ranked Appalachian State.


Janeil Jenkins Signs with Basketball

Basketball Coach Chuck Driesell announced the third member of his 2012 class with the signing of point guard Janeil Jenkins to a National Letter of Intent.  The 5-10 point guard, who hails from Jacksonville Fla., guided The Miller School to a combined 37 victories over the last two seasons, including a 20-10 record this past season. 

Jenkins scored 244 points and dished out 43 assists in his junior season with the Mavericks.  Among his standout performances were three 20-point games.  In 2011-12, he scored 218 points, including 10 double-figure contests, as a senior.  He also added 56 steals the last two seasons.

Jenkins joins Matthew Van Scyoc (6-6, 210 lbs., from Green Lake High in Green Lake, Wis., and Raemond Robinson (6-3, 190 lbs. from Goose Creek High in Moncks Corner) as the other incoming basketball freshmen.


Wrestling Hosts BBQ Fundraiser on May 16

The wrestling program will host a barbecue fundraiser for associate head coach Jeff Ragan on Wednesday, May 16, in the fourth-floor club level of Johnson Hagood Stadium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fundraiser will consist of barbecue chicken, potato salad and baked beans and will be available for eating at the stadium or for take-out.  Donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of Ragan's kidney transplant that occurred on April 4 at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Ragan, who received a kidney from his brother, Brad, was an All-American at Oklahoma State.  A husband and father of two, Ragan is also an adjunct math professor, runs the school's math lab and coordinates The Citadel's summer wrestling camp.

For more information or to place advance orders for pickup, please contact head coach Rob Hjerling at


6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic Set for Friday, Sept. 28

The Sixth Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic, hosted by Bufort Blanton ’54, will be held at Miler Country Club in Summerville on Friday morning, September 28.  All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the football program.  The Citadel Football Association looks forward to your participation as a player, sponsor or both.  

For registration and additional information, please contact Connie Tuza ’58 at or 843/452-9801.


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 and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!


Upcoming Birthdays

May 23            Al Buddin             Administration


Upcoming Events

May 11            Greenville County/Spartanburg Citadel Club Golf Outing & Meeting

May 16            Wrestling BBQ Fund-Raiser @Johnson Hagood Stadium

May 17            Pee Dee Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 18            Columbia Area Citadel Club Golf Outing & Meeting

May 22            Chester/Winnsboro Area Citadel Club Meeting

May 23            Rock Hill/York/Charlotte Area Citadel Club Meeting

June 7              Summerville Area Citadel Club Golf Outing & Meeting 

July 27             CFA’s Football 101 @Seignious Hall/Johnson Hagood Stadium

Sept. 28           6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Miler Country Club

Sept. 28           35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


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