Today's Blue & White May 18, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, May 18, 2012


First Pitch!

It has been relatively quiet on campus this week as baseball and Maymester continue.  Workers are sprucing up Daniel Library, Mark Clark Hall and Munnerlyn Snack Bar, among other buildings, while Summerall Field, now under the watchful eye of Assistant Athletics Director/Facilities Mike Groshon, currently looks the best it has in years.

Baseball cemented a spot in the Southern Conference Tournament, which starts next Wednesday at Flour Field in Greenville.  We hope to see you there.

The various Citadel Club meetings are winding down and we still have outings scheduled for Columbia, Chester/Winnsboro, Rock Hill/York/Charlotte and Summerville. Please refer to the schedule that is listed below.

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


Baseball Takes 2 of 3 from Furman; Drop First Two Games at Elon

After scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to knot the game at five, The Citadel surrendered 13 runs over next two frames and handed Elon an 18-5 victory Thursday night at Latham Park. The Bulldogs look to avoid the series sweep against the Phoenix Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the regular-season finale.

Using RBI singles from Justin Mackert and Bo Thompson to knot the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs then gave up three runs in the bottom of the frame as Elon responded to take the 8-5 lead.  Thompson paced the offense with a pair of hits.

Austin Pritcher struck out five Elon batters over eight innings, but the Phoenix capitalized on two Citadel errors and handed the Bulldogs a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday.  Pritcher tossed his second complete game of the season and suffered the hard-luck defeat to fall to 6-5 on the season.  The junior from James Island scattered five hits and walked three, allowed two unearned runs and dropped his ERA to 2.95.  Nick Orvin led the offense with two of the team's four hits while Grant Richards recorded the lone RBI.

Back-to-back RBI singles by Furman scored a pair of runs in the top of the 12th inning as the Paladins defeated the Bulldogs, 8-6, in The Citadel's home finale at Riley Park Sunday afternoon to avoid a three-game sweep.  With Brett Tompkins on the mound for the Bulldogs, Furman mounted a two-out rally to pull ahead in extra innings.  Tompkins suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits. Nick Orvin and Mackert recorded three hits apiece, while Thompson had two hits and three RBI.  Orvin's three hits gave him 316 for his career, moving into third all-time.  Citadel starter Logan Cribb allowed three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

The Citadel scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie game and earned a 3-1 victory over Furman Saturday afternoon.  TJ Clarkson picked up the victory as he scattered two hits over 2.1 innings of relief work with one walk and one strikeout.  Ryan Hines earned his seventh save of the season as he allowed one hit in the ninth, while starter Kevin Connell tossed 5.2 solid innings and gave up one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

The two runs in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference as Mason Davis started with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a deep fly out to center by Mackert.  Jackson ripped a RBI double down the right-field line on a 0-1 pitch to plate Davis for a 2-1 lead.  Back-to-back walks by Thompson and Griffin loaded the bases, and Grant Richards drove a sacrifice fly to center to score Jackson for the 3-1 lead and clinch the series for the Bulldogs.

On Friday, Griffin hit a fourth-inning grand slam and Austin Pritcher struck out seven over seven shutout innings as The Citadel blanked Furman, 7-0.  Griffin went 2-for-4 on the evening, with a triple and his second career grand slam, while Pritcher improved to 6-4 on the season as he scattered five hits and lowered his ERA to 3.24.  Zach Sherrill tossed two shutout innings of relief and gave up one hit and struck out one.  Thompson and Bailey Rush also had two hits each.

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Seven Soccer Players Achieve Perfect GPAs for Spring Semester

The soccer team netted 26 goals on the field during the  season, but in the spring semester the Bulldogs achieved an impressive goal in the classroom as seven players posted perfect 4.0 GPAs and 16 recorded GPAs of 3.0 or higher. As a team, the Bulldogs posted a cumulative GPA of 3.54, tops among all athletic programs for the spring.

Highlighting the list of perfect marks for the spring semester was senior Shanna Couch, who received top graduate honors among The Citadel Corps of Cadets.  Also named to the President's List were Grace Raines (Biology), Karina Schneider (Business Administration), Leah Hawkins (English), Miranda Johnson (Criminal Justice), Hannah Warne (HESS) and Mariana Garcia (Biology).

Goalkeepers Sarah Katchen (Biology) and Cassie Palmacci (Education) in addition to Ruth Leiva received Dean's List honors which require a GPA between 3.5-3.79.  Vanessa Aponte (Criminal Justice), Nicholle Griffith (Criminal Justice), Jillian Meyer (HESS), Angela Foyt (HESS), Amy Loughran (Psychology) and Whitney Nave (HESS) all made the Athletic Director's List, which includes student-athletes with GPAs in the range of 3.0 and 3.49.


Soccer Inks Seven to Grant-in-Aids

Soccer coach Bob Winch announced last week the addition of seven cadet-student-athletes who will join the soccer program for the 2012 season and the list includes players from Florida, Texas and South Carolina and lands the team's first player from England in its 11-year history.

The additions include high school teammates McKenzie Duncan (defender, Davie, Fla.; American Heritage High) and Jannel Johnson (forward, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; American Heritage High) as well as Taylor Darling (defender, Summerville; Pinewood Prep), Andrea Davila (midfielder, McAllen, Texas; Nikki Rowe High), Isabel Kulinski (midfielder, London, England; Chelsea Academy), Kimberly Maldonado (forward, Lake Wales, Fla.; Lake Wales Senior High) and Samantha Millspaugh (goalkeeper, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; Duncan U. Fletcher High).

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Driesell Adds Farrell, Scherbenske to Basketball Staff

Coach Chuck Driesell announced this week the addition of Quinton Farrell as an assistant coach and Matt Scherbenske as director of basketball operations.

Farrell, who replaces Damien Price, joins Driesell's staff after a five-year stint as an assistant to veteran Presbyterian College coach Gregg Nibert.  Farrell was part of a Blue Hose staff that posted victories over Auburn, Wake Forest and Cincinnati over the course of the last two seasons.

Prior to joining the Blue Hose coaching staff, Farrell spent four seasons as the team's point guard.  Recognized as a solid defender, Farrell was instrumental in leading PC to the 2005-06 NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional semifinals.  In his final three seasons on the court, Farrell was an integral part in leading Presbyterian to a 38-3 home record.  He posted team-high marks in assists and steals in the 2005-06 season and followed that by leading the Blue Hose in steals in 2006-07.

Ferrell graduated in May of 2007 with a bachelor's of science degree in accounting.

Scherbenske, who replaces Kevin Hammack, joins the staff after spending last season at the University of California under former Citadel assistant coach Mike Montgomery.  Scherbenske assumes the role of director of basketball operations after serving as the Golden Bears' program intern.

Scherbenske was a walk-on basketball player at the University of Kentucky.  He began his collegiate career at Oral Roberts University, where he redshirted his freshman season. He later saw action in three games in the 2007-08 season for ORU including games against Liberty, Texas Southern and Florida International.  Scherbenske prepped his senior season in high school at Oak Hill Academy where he shot 47 percent from 3-point range and helped lead the Warriors to 40-1 record and the No. 2 national ranking.


National Wild Turkey Federation Donates $20,000 to the Rifle Team

The National Wild Turkey Federation donated $20,000 to The Citadel rifle team's endowment account through the MidwayUSA Foundation Inc.'s Scholastic Shooting Fund.  Donations are still being accepted and the MidwayUSA Foundation will give three dollars to the team for every dollar donated until July 1, 2012.

To donate, please follow this link:


Wrestling Hosts BBQ Fundraiser for Coach Jeff Ragan

The wrestling team along with family and friends hosted a BBQ fundraiser on Wednesday to support associate head coach Jeff Ragan, who is recovering from kidney transplant surgery last month.

More than 150 friends, co-workers and colleagues came to support Ragan and enjoy a feast of barbeque chicken, potato salad and baked beans on the concourse at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  The donations are being used to defray the medical costs associated with Ragan's April 4 surgery.

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

Ragan received a kidney from his brother, Brad, a former Citadel wrestler and a 2006 graduate with a degree in civil engineering.  Brad is currently serving in the Air Force as a pilot with a rank of captain.

Most recently, Ragan accepted an invitation by the National Kidney Foundation to share his story with doctors, nurses and kidney transplant patients on Sept. 13 in Columbia.


Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

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Upcoming Birthdays

May 23            Al Buddin                                 Administration


Upcoming Events

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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