March 26, 2012

Bulldogs Host South Carolina Tuesday Evening

THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAME

SOUTH CAROLINA (17-7) at THE CITADEL (9-14)

 

GAME INFORMATION

Location: Charleston, S.C.

Stadium: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park

Capacity: 6,000

Series/Trend: SC 121-47-1 / CIT W1

TV: None

Radio: SportsRadio 1450 AM with Danny Reed (pxp) and Andy Solomon (color)

Internet: Live Video on Bulldog Insider at CitadelSports.com

 

FULL GAME NOTES

 

PROBABLE STARTER – THE CITADEL

RHP #30 Brett Tompkins

W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV

0-0          1.93        14.0        13           4              3              6              2              0

 

PROBABLE STARTER – SOUTH CAROLINA

LHP #34 Jordan Montgomery

W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV

0-0          4.40        14.1        14           7              7              1              13           0

 

DOGS TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCON ACTION
The Citadel completes a five-game break from Southern Conference action Tuesday as it hosts back-to-back national champion South Carolina at Riley Park. The Bulldogs were swept last weekend at Big Ten opponent Minnesota, while South Carolina dropped two of three at home against top-ranked Florida. 

LAST TIME OUT
Austin Lubinsky tossed eight shutout innings to lead Minnesota to a 5-0 victory and a three-game sweep of The Citadel Sunday afternoon at the H.H.H. Metrodome. Logan Cribb took the loss for the Bulldogs, falling to 1-2 on the season. The southpaw was tagged for seven hits in 6-2/3 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, with five strikeouts and three walks. TJ Clarkson struck out one in 1-1/3 innings of perfect relief. Mason Davis recorded a pair of hits, while Drew DeKerlegand had an eight-inning triple, the Bulldogs' only extra-base hit of the weekend. 

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina is ranked No. 10 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, No. 11 in the Baseball America Top 25 and No. 14 in Collegiate Baseball's Top 30. South Carolina continues to lead the SEC in opponent's batting average as opponents are hitting just .190 against the Gamecock pitching staff on the year. Carolina's 2.74 team ERA is third best in the league with the squad at 228 strikeouts in 216.2 innings and just 77 walks. 

ORVIN CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Nick Orvin is steadily making his mark on the Bulldogs' record book in his final season. The Moncks Corner, S.C. native is posed to overtake the top spot in the career runs and hits charts this season. 

CAREER RUNS

1.

Philip Hartig

229

1998-01

2.

Terrence Smalls

222

1995-98

3.

Chris Swauger

211

2005-08

4.

Bryan Altman

208

2007-10

5.

Sonny Meade

199

2006-09

6.

David Beckley

198

1993-96

7.

Nick Orvin

196

2009-Current

8.

Bo Betchman

189

1994-97

9.

Jon Aughey

185

2002-05

10.

Anthony Jenkins

179

1989-92

 

CAREER HITS

1.

Philip Hartig

360

1998-01

2.

Sonny Meade

355

2006-09

3.

Chris Swauger

314

2006-09

4.

Bryan Altman

310

2007-10

5.

Chris Ard

296

2002-05

6.

Terrence Smalls

295

1995-98

7.

Bo Betchman

291

1994-97

8.

Nick Orvin

277

2009-Current

9.

Jon Aughey

266

2002-05

10.

Matt Matulia

258

2003-06

 

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Senior Justin Mackert has recorded a team-high nine doubles on the season, ranking 2nd in the Southern Conference and 48th nationally. Mackert also leads the Bulldogs in average, HR and RBI. 

SPORTS RADIO 1450 TO BROADCAST 21 BULLDOG BASEBALL GAMES IN 2012
Citadel baseball fans will be able to follow the Bulldogs this season on Sports Radio 1450 with the "Voice of the Bulldogs," Danny Reed. The Bulldogs sport one of the region's toughest schedules with games against South Carolina, Coastal Carolina and an always-competitive Southern Conference slate.

Sports Radio 1450 will broadcast the majority of games from the second half of the Bulldogs' schedule, including home games against South Carolina and Coastal Carolina, home series with Wofford, UNC Greensboro, Georgia Southern and Furman, and road games at South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

All season long, fans can watch home games online through Bulldog Insider with subscription broadcasts on CitadelSports.com.

Below are the remaining games that will air on Sports Radio 1450.

Friday, March 30, 6 p.m. vs. Wofford

Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. vs. Wofford

Sunday, April 1, 1 p.m. vs. Wofford

Tuesday, April 3, 6 p.m. vs. Coastal Carolina

Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. at South Carolina

Friday, April 13, 6 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro

Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro

Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro

Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. at College of Charleston

Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m. at College of Charleston

Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. at College of Charleston

Friday, April 27, 6 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern

Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. vs. Georgia Southern

Friday, May 11, 6 p.m. vs. Furman

Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m. vs. Furman

Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m. vs. Furman

2012 Southern Conference Tournament starting May 23

 

THE 700 CLUB
Head coach Fred Jordan is just five victories away from becoming the 36th active member of the 700-club of NCAA Division I baseball head coaches that have recorded 700 career victories. Jordan had 686 victories entering this, his 21st, season of Citadel baseball. 

TWO SELECTED PRESEASON ALL-SOCON; BULLDOGS PICKED EIGHTH
Drew DeKerlegand was selected to the Southern Conference preseason all-conference first team and Nick Orvin was chosen to the all-conference second team, as voted on by the league's 11 head coaches. 

Last season, DeKerlegand was selected to the SoCon All-Freshman Team after starting all 56 games in 2011 at third base for the Bulldogs and finishing with an average of .317 with 32 runs, 66 hits, 11 doubles, four triples, two homers and 24 RBI to go with 15 walks. The freshman was second on the team in triples, on base percentage and total bases and reached base in the final 16 contests of the season.

Orvin earned first team all-conference in 2011 after being named to the second team in 2010 and to the all-freshman team in 2009. He entered the career top-10 at The Citadel in runs scored last season and sits just three base knocks away from entering the career top-10 in hits. Last season, Orvin batted .320 with 74 hits, 47 runs, 14 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBI, 23 walks and 19 stolen bases. He led the squad in hits, runs, homers, total bases, slugging percentage, walks and stolen bases in 2011. The center fielder reached base in the final 23 games of the season.

The Citadel was picked to finish eighth in both the coaches' and media preseason polls. The SoCon baseball coaches have selected College of Charleston as the preseason favorite to win the league championship in 2012, while the media representatives who cover the league have chosen Georgia Southern as the conference favorite.

A FRESH LOOK
With 18 newcomers this season, The Citadel will feature a new look in several areas this season. The entire middle of the infield will be experiencing their first playing time in college as freshmen Bailey Rush and Johnathan Stokes will battle for the starting spot at short and Mason Davis has grabbed the spot at second. Two freshmen are likely to see significant time in starting pitching roles as Kevin Connell and James Reeves toe the rubber. With the loss of a handful of members of the last season's bullpen, several first-year players are expected to contribute in that area as well. 

HOME SWEET HOME
The Citadel played their first 16 games in the friendly confines of Riley Park to start the 2012 season. The Bulldogs didn't leave Charleston until March 16 when they travelled to Appalachian State. In addition, two of their first three SoCon series of the year will take place at home. 

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