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Diamond Dog tidbits & Charleston Southern up this afternoon….

February 27, 2013

Tyler Griffin honored for his three dingers vs North Florida……

Citadel freshman pitcher Nate Brecklin is slated to make his first college start when the Bulldogs visit rival Charleston Southern today.   Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Buccaneer Field.  Brecklin, a left-hander from Eustis, Fla., has appeared in one baseball game so far this season for the Bulldogs (4-3). He has allowed two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings.

CSU (4-3) will counter with junior lefty Tory Schroff, who is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA.  Bobby Ison leads the Bucs with a .435 batting average, while Tyler Griffin is hitting .484 with four home runs and 11 RBIs for The Citadel

The Citadel’s Monday scheduled  game with UNC Asheville was postponed due to impending rain. The game will be made up as part of this weekend’s Charleston Crab House Shootout at Riley Park. The Citadel faces Pittsburgh on Friday and VCU on Saturday, both at 4 p.m., and plays UNC Asheville in a doubleheader Sunday.

After hitting three home runs against North Florida on Saturday, Bulldogs right fielder Tyler Griffin was honored as one of three national hitters of the week by Collegiate Baseball. The junior shared the award with Marcus Davis of Florida State and Charlie White of Maryland after going 8 for 17 (.471) with nine RBIs.


Diamond Dogs Drop 2 of 3 to North Florida

February 25, 2013

Ospreys 3 of 5 over lifetime versus Bulldogs

Jacksonville, Fla. – For the third time in as many days, North Florida staged a late rally to take the rubber game of a three-game series with a 4-3 victory over The Citadel on Sunday in Jacksonville.

Tyler Marincov lined a single through a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth off Skylar Hunter to cap a comeback from a 3-0 deficit. The Ospreys scored twice in the seventh and two more in the ninth to spoil an outstanding performance by freshman starter Austin Mason.

The Bulldogs dropped to 4-3 heading into a busy week with five games in five days beginning at home on Tuesday against UNC Asheville at 4 p.m.

Blue Hose Complete 68-65 Win Over The Citadel

February 25, 2013


Dogs win at App State Thursday but can’t beat Big South member Presbyterian???

 Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian College’s Khalid Mutakabbir recorded a game-high 25 points as the Blue Hose earned a 68-65 victory over The Citadel in the ESPN Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster game on Saturday evening.

Mutakabbir knocked down 9-of-18 from the floor and 3-of-7 from 3-point range to lead a Blue Hose offense that shot 25-of-53 (47.2%) from the field. He was joined in double figures by Eric Washington who tallied 11 points by virtue of hitting 4-of-4 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line. Presbyterian also received solid individual outings from Joshua Clyburn and Ryan McTavish who crashed the boards for five rebounds apiece.

The Blue Hose (8-21) exploited its inside game to finish with a 36-30 advantage in points in the paint. PC also took advantage of McTavish’s nine points in reserve to close with a 15-7 edge in bench points.

Senior Mike Groselle led four Citadel players with a team-high 15 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the field and 5-for-8 at the charity stripe. Also reaching double figures for The Citadel were P.J. Horgan (14 points), Marshall Harris III (12) and Matt Van Scyoc (10). The interior of Horgan and Groselle narrowly missed double-doubles as they posted nine rebounds apiece.


Wessinger, Porter Win as Bulldogs Complete at SoCon Indoor Championship

February 25, 2013


 Citadel does have some winners over the weekend!

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Geno Porter and Micah Wessinger earned spots on the winner’s pedestal in the weight throw and 800, respectively, as The Citadel track and field teams wrapped up action on Sunday at the 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Championships on the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Porter, who dominated the Bulldogs’ throwing team throughout the season, heaved the 35lb. weight 56’6″ to take third place in the event and earn a spot on the all-conference team. Porter, in his first collegiate season, recorded a mark of 50-feet or more in five of the six indoor meets.

The throw moves the Fort Dorchester graduate into second place in Citadel history.

Micah Wessinger ran her way to the pedestal for the third time and scored for her team for the fourth time of her career at the indoor conference championship meet as the senior captain topped her own school record in the 800 with a time of 2:12.70 to earn third place in the event.

Wessinger won the 800 her freshman year before returning in 2011 with a third place finish and a time of 2:12.79. The Chester, S.C., native took seventh place last season in the event.

Both the men’s and women’s 4×400 relay teams took third place and were tabbed with all-conference honors on Sunday.

The men’s 4×400 team of Brantley, Williams, Gus Vazquez-Milan and Kevin Polandposted a time of 3:20.92, while the women’s quartet of Wessinger, Danielle McKeeDanielle Williams and Tanisha Bethel clocked in at 3:55.04.

Groselle and Van Scyoc Lead Dogs to 80-77 OT Win over Mountaineers

February 21, 2013


BOONE, N.C. – Mike Groselle completed his 26th career double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 points in the extra session, as The Citadel earned an 80-77 overtime victory in Southern Conference action on Wednesday evening. He was joined in double figures by freshman sharpshooter Matt Van Scyoc who added a season-high 24 points, due in large part to four 3-pointers, as The Citadel earn its third win at the Holmes Convocation Center since the 2008-09 campaign.

Van Scyoc capped off his fourth 20-point performance by hitting 8-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He also grabbed six rebounds including five on the defensive glass in a career-high 41 minutes. Groselle combined his 7-of-16 shooting from the floor and 8-of-9 outing from the free throw line to record the 19th 20-point game of his Bulldog career. The senior center hauled in five of his 14 rebounds on the offensive end as The Citadel edged Appalachian State in rebounds (37-36) and points in the paint (34-26).

The Bulldogs (7-19, 4-12 SoCon) offense was charged by a 29-of-60 (48.3%) performance from the field. Four Citadel players converted at least one trey as the Dogs finished 7-of-13 from beyond the arc. The backcourt tandem of Marshall Harris III and Raemond Robinson were the catalysts to the offensive with nine and five assists, respectively, as The Citadel dished out 23 assists as a unit. It marks the fourth time this season with 20 or more assists for the Cadets.

The trio of Tab Hamilton, Mike Neal and Tevin Baskin scored 13 points apiece to share team-high scoring honors for Appalachian State. Jamaal Trice rounded out double figure scorers for ASU with 11 points, finishing 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from long distance. Hamilton was the most effective player for the Mountaineers offense, knocking down 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Neal capped off his double-digit performance by hitting 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.

All eight players in the Appalachian State (12-15, 8-8) lineup finished with multiple field goals as the Mountaineers knocked down 29-of-61 (47.5%) from the field. ASU took advantage of its sharpshooters to hit 12-of-27 (44.4%) from beyond the arc.

Trailing by four points in the final 42 seconds of regulation, The Citadel combined a solid defensive effort with layups by Van Scyoc and Groselle to send the game into overtime tied at 68-68.

The Bulldogs carried that momentum into the first 2:26 of the overtime session by outscoring Appalachian State 6-2 en route to a 74-70 lead.

Neal responded with four straight points for ASU as the game reached its ninth tie, 74-74, just under a minute later.

Groselle broke the tie with a pair of free throws, following a foul by Michael Obacha, to provide the Dogs with a slim 76-74 lead. That was followed by a Hamilton 3-pointer from the corner as the Mountaineers seemingly grabbed the momentum with a 77-76 advantage at the 1:09 mark.

Groselle slid past the Appalachian State defense and scored a layup to give The Citadel a lead it would not relinquish with 48 seconds remaining. A series of Bulldog defensive stops on the Mountaineers end forced ASU to foul Groselle with four seconds remaining. The senior calmly stepped up to the line to convert the final free throws for the 80-77 win.

Behind eight points from Van Scyoc and four off the hand of Robinson, The Citadel opened the second half with offensive determination as they outscored Appalachian State 12-3 in the first 2:48 of the frame.

That 46-37 lead by the Bulldogs was quickly trimmed to two following a 7-0 ASU run that included a 3-pointer from Healy and buckets by Obacha and Chris Burgess.

Clinging to a 48-47 lead at the 13:46 mark The Citadel turned to Ashton Moore, who converted a pass from Janeil Jenkins into a 3-pointer and a 51-47 advantage.

Continuing to apply pressure, Appalachian State regained the lead, 52-51, on a trey by Healy at the 11:30 mark.

As the two teams battled over the next six minutes of play neither was able to take larger than a three point lead. With a slim 60-59 lead, Groselle followed a 3-pointer by Van Scyoc with a pair of free throws and a layup to extend the Dogs’ advantage to 64-59.

Consecutive treys by Nealy and Hamilton forged the Mountaineers back in front, 68-64, before four straight Citadel points inside the final minute sent the game into overtime.

Behind nine points from Van Scyoc and six points each from Harris and Horgan, The Citadel ended the first half deadlocked, 34-34, with Appalachian State. The Bulldogs took advantage of 12-for-25 (48%) shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 (57.1%) from beyond the arc, to mark the seventh straight half of better than 40 percent shooting under Chuck Driesell.

Van Scyoc knocked down 3-of-6 from the floor, two of which came from long distance, while converting 1-of-2 from the free throw line to lead all Citadel scorers. Horgan was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and Harris wrapped up the opening frame by sending home 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Groselle climbed the glass for seven rebounds, snagging three on the offensive end to give the Dogs an 18-11 advantage on the boards.

Appalachian State’s offensive attack was highlighted by nine points from Baskin, whose 3-pointer to end the first half allowed him to finish 3-of-6 from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. Neal closely followed for the Mountaineers with eight points and Canty tacked on six.

ASU finished 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the floor in the first half, sending home 4-of-8 (50%) from the perimeter. The Mountaineers took advantage of their inside scoring to close with a 14-12 edge in points in the paint. They also capitalized on 11 Citadel turnovers to outscore the Dogs 10-2 in transition.

A Canty dunk in transition provided Appalachian State with a 10-5 advantage at the 16:30 mark and forced The Citadel to spend its first timeout. The Dogs regrouped and responded with a 7-0 run over the next 3:01 of the contest, keyed by six points in the paint from Horgan, Groselle and Stephen Elmore.

Appalachian State knotted the game at 12-12 after a pair of free throws by Baskin only to see the Bulldogs regain the advantage, 15-12, on a Dylen Setzekorn trey.

Five points by Baskin, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key, provided the Mountaineers with their first lead since the 15:50 mark.

The ASU lead reached six, 24-18, with just over seven minutes left in the half following Mike Neal’s first 3-pointer of the contest. Just under a minute later Neal sent home his second trey, extending the Mountaineer lead to 27-20.

After Appalachian State pushed the lead to nine on an Obacha layup, The Citadel used five points from Van Scyoc and two each from Janeil Jenkins and Groselle to send the game to its fourth tie, 29-29.

The two teams split the final 10 points of the half with the Dogs using a trey by Harris and a layup from Horgan to send the two teams to the lockerroom deadlocked.

The Citadel returns to action on Saturday evening when they head to Presbyterian College for their first ever ESPN Bracketbusters contest. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m. at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.

Bailey Rush’s Clutch Double Powers Citadel Past Winthrop

February 21, 2013


Citadel 3rd baseman Bailey Rush

Citadel 3rd baseman Bailey Rush

Charleston, S.C. – Bailey Rush drove a two-out double into right center to score Drew DeKerlegand with two outs in the eighth, breaking a 4-4 tie and giving The Citadel a 6-4 victory over Winthrop Wednesday night at Riley Park.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 3-1 while the Eagles dropped to 1-2. The teams will meet again on March 5 in Rock Hill.

With two outs and nobody on in the eighth, DeKerlegand was hit by a pitch by Sam Kmiec. On a 1-0 count, Rush’s drive split the gap and DeKerlegand easily raced home to make it 5-4. Rush also scored on the play when the relay throw eluded Winthrop catcher Reid Langdale.

The Eagles threw a scare into the Bulldogs in the ninth when Matt Lobacz walked and Clay Altman singled off closer Skylar Hunter to put the tying runs on base with nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt, the freshman right hander struck out Kyle Edwards and Chad Smith to earn his first collegiate save.

David Rivera, the sixth of seven Citadel pitchers in the game, worked a perfect eighth with one strikeout to pick up his first win as a Bulldog. Kmiec allowed three hits and one earned run in three innings in taking the loss.

Winthrop scored twice in both the first and third innings and took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Johnathan Stokes led off with a single, Hughston Armstrong reached on an error and both runners advanced on a sacrifice by Mason Davis.

One out later, Joe Jackson continued his RBI splurge with a two-run single through the right side to even the game at 4. The junior catcher has driven in nine runs through the first four games of the season, the top mark in the Southern Conference.

The Eagles reached Austin Livingston for two runs on three hits in the first inning before the Bulldogs battled back to tie it on RBI singles by Bo Thompson in the bottom of the first and Armstrong an inning later. Winthrop regained the lead in the third, taking advantage of a pair of Citadel errors.

Livingston, from Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, was making his first career start. He went the first two innings and allowed four hits and all four Winthrop runs (three earned) with three walks and three strikeouts.

Another Bulldog freshman, left hander Nate Brecklin, made his collegiate debut and threw shutout innings in the fourth and fifth, giving up two hits and fanning a pair.

The Citadel hits the road for the first time this season when the Bulldogs travel to Jacksonville to face North Florida in a three-game series Friday through Sunday. The teams split a two-game set at Riley Park a year ago.

Delaney Caps Regular Season with 3rd Straight SoCon Wrestler of the Week Award

February 21, 2013

Spartanburg, S.C. – In his final week of regular season competition, redshirt senior Odie Delaney has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week, marking his third consecutive weekly award. The selection is made by the league office.

The honor is Delaney’s fourth of the season, pushing his career total to a league-record eight. This week’s selection breaks Delaney’s tie with former Appalachian State standout Austin Trotman, who won the award seven times from 2008-12.

Delaney went 3-0 with a pin and a major decision on the week, leading the Bulldogs to a 2-1 team showing.

In The Citadel’s 25-9 win over VMI on Friday, the heavyweight from Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., pinned the Keydets’ Mike LaPrade in 4:34. The pin was Delaney’s league-best 15th of the season and clinched his third undefeated SoCon dual slate. The redshirt senior finished his conference dual career with a 20-3 mark.

On Sunday, the Bulldogs trailed Duke 17-15 heading into the heavyweight bout. Delaney lifted The Citadel to the win, earning a 13-4 major decision over the Blue Devils’ Brian Self to clinch the team victory, 19-17.

In his second match of the day, Delaney squared off against No. 24 North Carolina’s Jake Barnhart. Delaney took an 11-4 decision, but The Citadel fell 27-9 to the Tar Heels. The win was the 117th of Delaney’s career, moving him into a tie for second place in school history behind Sean Markey (’06) who has 125.

The winner of 14 consecutive matches, Delaney is ranked 13th in the nation according to the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings.

Prior to this season, no SoCon wrestler had ever been named wrestler of the week three straight times, but The Citadel has now had two student-athletes pull off the feat this season. Delaney’s teammate, seventh-ranked Ugi Khishignyam, took the weekly honor three consecutive times in December and January. The award originated with the 2000-01 season.

The Citadel (7-6, 5-2 SoCon) is idle until the SoCon Wrestling Championship, hosted by VMI in Lexington, Va., on March 9.

2012-13 SoCon wrestlers of the week
Nov. 7    Nick Soto, Chattanooga
Nov. 14    Niko Brown, Chattanooga
Nov. 21    Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Dec. 5    Patrick Myers, SIUE
Dec. 12    Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Dec. 19    Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Jan. 3    Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel

Jan. 9    Zack Strickland, Appalachian State
Jan. 16    Eric Montoya, Campbell
Jan. 23    Marshall Haas, The Citadel
Jan. 30    John Merickel, Campbell
Feb. 6    Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Feb. 13    Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Feb. 20    Odie Delaney, The Citadel

S.C. Corps of Cadets to celebrate 170th birthday Corps Day weekend

February 20, 2013


The Citadel will celebrate the 170th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in March.  Corps Day is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the an alumnus and the youngest cadet in the corps share cake-cutting honors.

Most Corps Day events are free and open to the public. Please see the schedule of events for details and exceptions.

Corps Days is held in conjunction with the annual Principled Leadership Symposium, which begins March 7 and is sponsored by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

“Principled Leadership as Duty: Aspiring to a Higher Ideal” is the theme for the 2013 symposium. For more information click on Leadership Symposium schedule of events.

 2013 Corps Day Schedule of Events

Friday 8 March
3:45 p.m. Washington Light Infantry Review to commemorate the 170th birthday of the Corps of Cadets
Gold Corps Alumni Recognition
Summerall Field
Saturday 9 March  
8 a.m. Board of Visitors Breakfast. For former and current BOV members
Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall
Invitation only
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sale of photographs
Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
8-8:50 a.m. The Citadel Rifle Legion performance
Summerall Field
8:30–10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors
Regimental Pipe Band will perform at each barracks
9 a.m. Summerall Guards performance/ Bond Volunteers exchange of rifles
Presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword and Clubb Award
Summerall Field
(Inclement weather, awards presentation moved to McAlister Field House)
10:15 a.m. The Citadel Story – A musical narration of the history of The Citadel
Summerall Field
11 a.m. Dress parade
Presentation of Palmetto Medals
Summerall Field
(Inclement weather: Parade cancelled; awards presentation moved to Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall)
Noon Gold Corps Luncheon
Speaker: Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa
Regimental Commanders Riverview Room
Invitation Only
12:30 p.m. 3rd annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Johnson Hagood Stadium
11:30 – registration
Noon – judging
1:45 p.m. – winners announced during halftime of the Blue-White spring football game
Sponsored by The Citadel Football Association
Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, March 9.
NEW THIS YEAR: Competition is limited to 60 dogs. Advance registration required. Registration not permitted the day of the event.
For entry details visit The Citadel Football Association web site.
2 p.m. Blue-White Spring Football Game
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Sunday 10 March  
9 a.m. Protestant Service
Summerall Chapel
11 a.m. Catholic Service
Summerall Chapel
11 a.m. Episcopal Service
Summerall Chapel
  NOTE: Schedule subject to change.

Citadel ready to move on without Sellers

February 18, 2013


Friday February 15, 2013 The Charleston Post & Courier

The relationship between Citadel football players Ben Dupree and Mike Sellers went beyond the typical quarterback-center thing. The duo came in to together as freshmen, and endured the rigors of knob year off the field and a couple of losing seasons on it as the Bulldogs made the transition to the option offense. After last year’s breakthrough 7-4 season, the friends were prepared to reap the rewards of their senior seasons in 2013, Dupree as the starting quarterback and Sellers as an All-American center.

 Those plans came to an end last week as the Bulldogs began spring practice without Sellers, who has resigned from the Corps of Cadets after being accused of a academic violation of the military school’s honor code.  It was a blow that the team was coming to grips with as the Bulldogs held their third practice of the spring Thursday.

 “Everyone is handling it fine,” Dupree said. “At first, it was a big shock. But we’re both ready to move on. Mike is ready to move on, too, so everything will be all right.” Sellers, a 6-0, 290-pounder from Fort Dorchester High School, won the Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman in the Southern Conference last season. He could transfer to another school to complete his education and play one more season of football. “He’s doing fine,” Dupree said of Sellers. “He’s thinking about where to go to school next. He said a couple of schools already have contacted him, so that’s good.” 

Meanwhile, coach Kevin Higgins said sophomore Sam Frye (5-10, 270) and redshirt freshman Harrison Davis (6-2, 265) are the next men up at center. Frye was Sellers’ backup last year while Davis redshirted and played guard and tackle on the scout team.  “Harrison and Sam will both have an opportunity to battle for that spot,” Higgins said. “But we have five fifth-year seniors coming back up front, so we’re excited about that.”

 Dupree said the team will recover from the loss. “We have no choice but to recover from it,” he said. “It’s Division I football, and we’ve got guys who were backing up Mike. We’ll be ready.”

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Dogs Win 2 of 3 over the weekend

February 18, 2013
Joe Jackson had 5 RBIs in Friday's win

Joe Jackson had 5 RBIs in Friday’s win


High Point 7, The Citadel 2

High Point (2-1) took advantage of a two-out error to score five times in the top of the eighth inning, and the Panthers went on to hand The Citadel (2-1) a 7-2 defeat at Riley Park on Sunday.

The Citadel returns to action Wednesday at Riley Park with a 6 p.m. game against Winthrop before hitting the road for a 3-game series at North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., starting Friday.


The Citadel 10, Kansas State 8

Bo Thompson slugged a three-run home run and Joe Jackson drove in two runs as The Citadel defeated Kansas State, 10-8, at Riley Park.


Jackson & Pritcher Lift Bulldogs Past George Mason in Opener

Joe Jackson got The Citadel off and running with a two-run homer in the first and drove in five runs on the day while Austin Pritcher worked six shutout innings in a 9-1 victory over George Mason to wrap up the first day of the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House