Today's Blue & White May 25, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, May 25, 2012


First Pitch!

The Bulldogs notched a huge upset of rival College of Charleston in the opening round of the Southern Conference Baseball Championship on Wednesday at Flour Field in Greenville but was defeated Thursday, 8-1, by Georgia Southern.  The Bulldogs play in an elimination game today (Friday) against Elon, with the game’s first pitch slated for 3 pm.

Congratulations are extended to Spike’s good buddy, Tom Culler ’50, on his being honored with the 2012 Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award that will be presented to him next week in Asheville.  Congratulations, Tom!

Our friends at the Horry Citadel Club (Myrtle Beach/Georgetown) are extending an invitation to participate in their 28th Annual Golf outing on June 23 that features a 50/50 reverse raffle that could land someone $5,000.  See below for more information.

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


Tom Culler ’50 to Be Recognized with SoCon Distinguished Service Award

He’s easily recognized with his trademark black hat, large belt buckle, solid gray goatee and an ear-to-ear smile.

Tom Culler, truly one of the most energetic of all Citadel fans, will be honored with the 2012 Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award.

The citation, inaugurated in 2002 by then-Commissioner Danny Morrison, is a way for the league to recognize individuals from its member institutions that have contributed to all aspects of the university.  The award will be presented on May 30 during the league’s Honors Dinner in Asheville, NC.

Though Culler, a native of Tampa, Fla. who currently lives in Cameron, SC, never played in a Citadel athletic contest or played a musical instrument, is always is seen around both. 

Not too long after he graduated in 1950, Culler realized how much intercollegiate athletics and the college’s Regimental Band contribute to the rhythm of life at The Citadel.  He consistently expresses his appreciation by making it possible for worthy student-athletes and musically-inclined students alike to have the benefit of a Citadel education.

For his efforts, affinity for his alma mater and for his generous contributions to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, Culler was recognized in 2006 as The Citadel’s Alumnus of the Year.

Culler is a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and a long-time supporter of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.  He is a veteran of World War II, retired attorney and banker and has worked tirelessly to support the Regimental Band and Pipes, Summerall Guards and Palmetto Battery, all campus groups.

Major Herb Day, the late director of the Regimental Band, penned a composition that was debuted on Parents' Weekend in October of 2005.  The rousing tune, called Stalwart Friend, was written in honor of Culler, who had established the Thomas R. Culler Band Scholarship.



The Citadel’s Recipients of the SoCon Distinguished Service Award

2012 – Tom Culler ‘50

2011 – Jess Jackson ‘80

2010 – Bill Schupp ‘62

2009 – Bill Sansom ‘64

2008 – Dr. Sam Pearson ‘55

2007 – Gene Moore III ‘50

2006 – Tom McQueeney ‘74

2005 – Dr. Kenny Caldwell ‘79

2004 – Gene Brooker ‘68

2003 – Julian Frasier ‘59

Bulldogs Top CofC, Fall to Georgia Southern in SoCon Tournament

Seventh-seeded The Citadel scored twice in 11th inning to outlast No. 2 seed College of Charleston, 8-6, in the opening game of the 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship at Fluor Field on Wednesday morning.

Justin Mackert led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-4 effort, including a home run and three RBI while Tyler Griffin went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in, including the game-winner in the 11th.

 In the decisive 11th inning, Joe Jackson led off the frame with a single to left and was replaced at first by TJ Clarkson, who reached on a fielder's choice.  Griffin then drove a double into the gap in right center to plate Clarkson from first.  An error by the CofC third baseman on a grounder by Grant Richards, one of Charleston's four miscues on the day, allowed Griffin to cross the plate to make the score 8-6.

Clarkson pitched the final 3.1 scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit.  He earned the win to improve to 4-4 on the year while also scoring the game-winning run.

Mason Davis, Drew DeKerlegand and Johnathan Stokes joined Mackert and Griffin with multiple hits.

Behind T.D. Davis' grand slam in the fifth inning and a strong outing from starting pitcher Justin Hess, No. 6 seed Georgia Southern defeated The Citadel, 8-1, in Game 7 of the tournament Thursday evening at Fluor Field.

In six innings of work, GSU’s Justin Hess allowed only four hits and one run to the Bulldogs while striking out seven.

Brent Pugh grounded out to the pitcher to lead off the bottom of the third before Zac Lenns and Scooter Williams both walked.  Eric Phillips flied out to left field prior to Chase Griffin and Garren Palmer drawing walks to load the bases and score Lenns.

Davis then blasted a grand slam over the left field wall on a 2-1 pitch to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead.



Kevin Connell, Mason Davis Earn Baseball All-Freshman Team Accolades

Pitcher Kevin Connell and second baseman Mason Davis were named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team as voted by the coaches.

A left-hander from Gray, Tenn., Connell posted a 1-4 record with a 3.79 ERA in 10 starts covering 19 appearances.  The southpaw tossed 57 innings prior to the tournament and allowed 61 hits while striking out 32.

 Davis was one of three Citadel players to start in the same defensive position for all 55 games.  The Conyers, Ga. native entered the tournament batting .259 with nine doubles, three triples and three home runs.  He has 24 RBI to go with 18 walks and 14 stolen bases.  
 College of Charleston center fielder Marty Gantt was voted player of the year, while teammate Christian Powell was the pitcher of the year.  Georgia Southern catcher Chase Griffin earned Freshman of the Year honors, while Appalachian State’s Chris Pollard was voted Coach of the Year after guiding ASU to a share of the regular season championship for the first time since 1987.  The Mountaineers were picked to finish fifth and sixth in the respective preseason polls.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players or themselves in the voting process. 

2012 SoCon Baseball All-Conference Team
Player of the Year Marty Gantt, Sr., OF, College of Charleston
Pitcher of the Year Christian Powell, Jr., RHP, College of Charleston
Freshman of the Year – Chase Griffin, C, Georgia Southern
Coach of the Year – Chris Pollard, Appalachian State 


First Team
SP     Christian Powell, College of Charleston
SP     Josh Martin, Samford
RP     Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina
C       Alex Swim, Elon
1B     Saxon Butler, Samford
2B     Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
SS     Will Callaway, Appalachian State
3B     Eric Phillips, Georgia Southern
OF     Marty Gantt, College of Charleston
OF     Phillip Ervin, Samford
OF     Brandon Miller, Samford
DH    Daniel Kassouf, Appalachian State 


Second Team
SP     Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State
SP     Brandon Yarusi, Wofford
RP     C.K. Irby, Samford
C       Brad Moss, Samford
1B     Ryan Kinsella, Elon
2B     Hector Crespo, Appalachian State
SS     Bradley Goodson, College of Charleston
3B     Thomas Troelstrup, UNCG
OF     Tyler Tewell, Appalachian State
OF     Tyler Zupcic, Appalachian State
OF     Brandon Murray, College of Charleston
DH    Jacob Hoyle, Western Carolina 


All-Freshman Team
Brandon Burris, Appalachian State
Jamie Nunn, Appalachian State
Kevin Connell, The Citadel
Mason Davis, The Citadel

Henry Sisson, Davidson
Chris Ohmstede, Furman
Elliott Warford, Furman
Tyler Avera, Georgia Southern
Chase Griffin, Georgia Southern
Jacob Hoyle, Western Carolina
Jeremy Null, Western Carolina
Bradley Strong, Western Carolina


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Orces Honored with Marion S. Lewis Tennis Award

David Orces was honored with the 2012 Marion S. Lewis Tennis Award, an annual citation presented to the member of the team who has made the greatest contribution to The Citadel program as determined by team and coaches.  The award has been honored to one player every season since 1953.

Lewis is a 1983 honorary inductee to The Citadel Hall of Fame.  The Citadel's tennis coach for 17 years before retiring in 1962, Lewis was the first business administration department head and remained in that positions for 31 years.

Orces, a junior, posted a team best 13-7 singles record while netting a 6-4 SoCon mark in the No. 1 position.  He enjoyed an eight-match winning streak in mid-season that included a victory over Samford foe Zac Dunkle, a two-time 2012 SoCon player of the week.  Additionally the Guayaquil, Ecuador native was named first team all-conference in singles by the coaches and was awarded the MVP of the tennis team at The Citadel Athletics Award Banquet.


Horry Citadel Club Invites All to Their 28th Annual Golf Tournament

Our good friends at the Horry Citadel Club are inviting everyone to attend their 28th Annual Golf Tournament that will be held on Saturday, June 23, at the Litchfield Country Club on Pawley’s Island (for those of you with a GPS, use this: 619 Country Club Drive, Pawley’s Island SC 29585).

Check-in is set from 12-1 pm with a 2 pm shotgun start.  Format is Captain’s Choice, and single entries will be paired.  The $100/person entry fee includes green and cart fees, on-course beverages, post-tournament food and drinks, two mulligan tickets and one blind raffle ticket for appropriate prizes.

In addition, the club is holding a reverse 50/50 Raffle with only 100 tickets sold at $100 each and the winner can bring home $5,000.  Drawing will be held at their annual Holiday Event at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot in Dec. 2012.  One does not have to be present to win.

Proceeds benefit the Horry Citadel Club Scholarship Fund that aids cadets from Horry and Georgetown counties.  For more information, please contact Gary Browning ’74 (; 843/839-1344), Mike Howle ’66 (; 843/361-4088) or Jonathan Kresken ’87 (; 843/222-0147).


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 25-28                   Day Camp                   

                                    June 29-July 1              Father/Son Camp


Basketball                    June 8-9                       Team Camp

                                    June 11-15                   Day Camp                   

                                    June 18-22                   Day Camp  

                                    August 3-5                   Shooting Clinic


Wrestling                    July 5-13                      Multiple                       


Soccer                          June 4-8                       Day Camp                   

                                    June 18-22                   Day Camp                   

                                    July 9-13                      Day Camp       


Football                        June 11-15                   Youth Camp

                                    June 15-16                   Skill/Lineman Camp

                                    June 20-22                   QB/WR Camp


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


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! 

He Said It:

“Tom has clearly earned the highest respect of his fellow alumni in all of his endeavors and accomplishments.  His actions have been in keeping with the finest traditions of The Citadel, and we’re delighted that he’ll be recognized by the Southern Conference for his many contributions.”

  • Senior Associate Athletics Director/Development John McAleer, on Tom Culler ’50, The Citadel’s 2012 recipient of the Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award.


Upcoming Birthdays

June 3              Craig Condeto                          Football

June 9              David Beckley                          Baseball

June 27            Rob Hjerling                             Wrestling

June 28            Jamie Stewart                           Soccer


Upcoming Events

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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