April 2, 2012

Bulldogs Host Coastal Carolina, Travel to Charleston Southern, in Mid-Week Battles

FULL GAME NOTES

 

THE COASTAL CAROLINA AND CHARLESTON SOUTHERN WEEK

 

#28 COASTAL CAROLINA (18-8) at THE CITADEL (11-16)

GAME INFORMATION
Location: Charleston, S.C.
Stadium: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Capacity: 6,000
Series/Trend: CCU leads 40-32 / CCU W8
TV: None
Radio: SportsRadio 1450 AM - Danny Reed (pxp)
Internet: Live Video on Bulldog Insider at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTER – THE CITADEL
LHP # 16 Kevin Connell
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
0-2          4.43        20.1        19           13           10           12           16           0

PROBABLE STARTER – COASTAL CAROLINA
LHP # 10 Javier Reynoso
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
2-0          4.15        13.0        9              11           6              12           7              0

 

THE CITADEL (11-16) at CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (9-20)

GAME INFORMATION
Location: North Charleston, S.C.
Stadium: CSU Ballpark
Capacity: 1,500
Series/Trend: CIT 46-26 / CIT W3
TV/Radio: None/None
Internet: Live Video available via Big South Sports at CSUsports.com
Cover It Live: CitadelSports.com
Live Stats: CSUsports.com

PROBABLE STARTER – THE CITADEL
RHP # 11 Bryce Hines
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
0-2          7.07        14.0        16           12           11           16           19           0

PROBABLE STARTER – CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
RHP # 18 Austin Weekley
W-L        ERA        IP            H             R             ER           BB           K             SV
1-2          5.89        18.1        16           13           12           2              11           0

DOGS FACE COASTAL CAROLINA AND CHARLESTON SOUTHERN IN MIDWEEK TILTS
After taking two of three from Southern Conference foe Wofford last weekend, the Bulldogs take the field for a pair of non-conference games this week before heading to Birmingham, Ala. to face Samford on Easter weekend. The Citadel will welcome No. 28 Coastal Carolina to Riley Park for a 6 p.m. clash on Tuesday before heading up I-26 to face Charleston Southern at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

LAST TIME OUT
Mason Davis' RBI single to right center in the bottom of the 10th inning capped a wild comeback by the Bulldogs as The Citadel took its first Southern Conference series of the season with an 8-7 victory over Wofford Sunday afternoon at Riley Park. The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday evening at Riley Park as they host Coastal Carolina in non-conference action at 6 p.m.

Trailing 5-0 after four innings and 7-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Bulldogs (11-16, 3-6 SoCon) engineered the comeback by scoring all eight runs over the final five frames, including three in their last at-bat to send the game into extra innings.

With two down and the game knotted at 7-7 in the 10th, Bailey Rush singled to left and Nick Orvin followed up with a single up the middle to give the Bulldogs runners at first and second. Davis laced a 3-1 pitch from Wofford reliever Alex Wilson into the gap in right center to score Rush from second and set the Bulldogs' dugout into celebration mode.

SCOUTING COASTAL CAROLINA
No. 28 Coastal Carolina is 18-8 on the season and 2-1 in the Big South after taking two of three from league foe Radford last weekend. The Chanticleers are 2-2 on the road after opening the season with 22 straight games at home. Daniel Bowman leads the Chants' offensive attack with a .364 average, three home runs and 15 RBI. Coastal's pitching staff is one of the best in the nation this season, holding a team ERA of 2.29, second-best in the country behind Portland (2.00). Reliever Aaron Burke has the NCAA's second-best ERA at 0.64 and has 22 strikeouts in 28 innings.

SCOUTING CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
The Buccaneers are 9-20 on the season and 2-4 in the Big South. CSU dropped two of three against Campbell last weekend, losing both games of a Saturday doubleheader after wining Friday's opener 4-3. Bobby Ison leads the Bucs with a .345 average, while Brian Welch has two of the team's six home runs on the season. The Citadel defeated Charleston Southern earlier this season, posting a 4-0 shutout on March 20 at Riley Park.

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

 

Nick Orvin

199

2009-Current

7.

David Beckley

198

1993-96

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

283

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 10 doubles on the season, ranking 4th in the Southern Conference and 56th nationally. Mackert also leads the Bulldogs in average, HR and RBI.

BULLDOGS IN THE RANKINGS
The Citadel has committed the third fewest errors in the SoCon, with only 36 on the season. Drew DeKerlegand tops the league's hit by pitch chart with 10, which ranks 35th nationally. Austin Pritcher's 3.00 ERA ranks ninth in the conference and his 45 innings pitched is tied for third. Ryan Hines has made the most appearances in the SoCon this season, getting the call from the bullpen 20 times this season.

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.
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 three 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. The Citadel was picked to finish eighth in both the coaches' and media preseason polls.

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.

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