May 3, 2012

Bulldogs Travel to Davidson for Key SoCon Series

CITADEL GAME NOTES
DAVIDSON GAME NOTES

THE DAVIDSON SERIES

THE CITADEL (20-26, 9-12 SoCon)
at DAVIDSON (16-26, 7-17 SoCon)

SERIES INFORMATION
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Stadium: Wilson Field
Capacity: 700
Series/Trend: CIT 114-59 / DAV L1
TV: None
Radio: None
Internet: Live Stats at CitadelSports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS – FRIDAY
CIT: RHP #5 Austin Pritcher, 5-3, 3.61 ERA, 72.1 IP, 19 BB, 43 K
DAV: LHP #16 Henry Sisson, 3-2, 4.25 ERA, 59.1 IP, 28 BB, 45 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SUNDAY (GAME 1)
CIT: LHP #16 Kevin Connell, 1-4, 3.52 ERA, 46.0 IP, 27 BB, 29 K
DAV: RHP #31 Ryan Overcash, 3-7, 4.80 ERA, 75.0 IP, 15 BB, 53 K

PROBABLE STARTERS – SUNDAY (GAME 2)
CIT: TBA
DAV: TBA

DOGS TRAVEL TO DAVIDSON FOR KEY SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SERIES
The Citadel travels to face Davidson this weekend in a key Southern Conference series as the conference tournament looms at the end of the month. The Bulldogs enter the series after splitting a pair of midweek games with North Florida, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bulldogs dropped a 6-3 decision in the series opener and posted a 5-1 victory on Wednesday. Sporting an overall record of 20-26, The Citadel currently sits in seventh place in the SoCon standings with a 9-12 league mark.

LAST WEEK
Bo Thompson collected a pair of base hits and drove in three runs as The Citadel defeated North Florida 5-1 in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at Riley Park. Thompson posted RBI base hits in both the third and fifth innings to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Calvin Orth matched a career-high with three hits as The Citadel out-hit the Ospreys 12-6. Logan Cribb picked up the win to even his record at 2-2 on the season, tossing two frames of no-hit ball. Ryan Roberson had a pair of hits for North Florida, while Osprey starter Spencer Herrmann took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.

Andrew Karmeris' three-run home run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as North Florida handed The Citadel a 6-3 defeat in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Riley Park. Tommy Organ struck out nine Bulldogs over 5.2 innings for the win, improving to 4-2 on the year. The southpaw allowed one run on four hits and walked none. Chandler Jagodzinski tossed a perfect ninth for his third save of the season. Brett Tompkins suffered the loss for The Citadel, giving up six runs on six hits in five innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Grant Richards and Mason Davis each had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.

SCOUTING DAVIDSON
Davidson is looking to snap a seven-game losing streak as it enters the weekend series with the Bulldogs. Entering the week, Davidson ranked 39th in the nation in stolen bases per game at 1.51 and 41st in walks with 189 total. Senior CF Drew Gadaire leads the team in hitting (.314) and RBI (31).

MR. 300
With a four-hit performance in the Bulldogs' 10-3 victory over Winthrop on April 17, Nick Orvin became the fifth player in Citadel history to reach the 300-hit plateau. Orvin stands at 309 hits and is one hit from tying Bryan Altman for 4th place all-time.

THE 700 CLUB
With the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over UNC Greensboro on April 13, head coach Fred Jordan became the 36th active member of the 700-win club of NCAA Division I head coaches. In his 21st season, Jordan is 706-534 all-time at the helm of the Citadel program. Jordan had 686 victories entering this, his 21st, season of Citadel baseball.

ALL THE WAY AUSTIN
Austin Pritcher tossed a complete-game four-hitter on April 13 to give head coach Fred Jordan his 700th career victory as The Citadel blanked UNC Greensboro 3-0 to open their three-game Southern Conference series at Riley Park. Pritcher was magnificent on the mound, striking out nine Spartans and scattering four hits, walking none. The complete-game shutout was the first for The Citadel since Matt Talley did it against UNCG on May 15, 2010 and was Pritcher's first complete-game effort.

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.

Nick Orvin

211

2009-Current

 

Chris Swauger

211

2005-08

5.

Bryan Altman

208

2007-10

6.

Sonny Meade

199

2006-09

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.

Nick Orvin

309

2009-Current

6.

Chris Ard

296

2002-05

7.

Terrence Smalls

295

1995-98

8.

Bo Betchman

291

1994-97

9.

Jon Aughey

266

2002-05

10.

Matt Matulia

258

2003-06

 

OUR JOE JACKSON WEARS SHOES
Sophomore catcher Joe Jackson is the great-great-great nephew of one of the most beloved players in baseball history, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. Jackson, played in the major leagues from 1908-1920, playing for the Chicago White Sox from 1915-1920 and posting a career batting average of .356 in 1,332 games.

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, 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

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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs travel to Spartanburg to face another Atlantic Sun Conference member, USC Upstate, in their final midweek game of the season.

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