Archive for March, 2013

Citadel Hosts Second Baseball Tournament of Season this Weekend at “the Joe”

March 1, 2013

RedDogs

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel will play host to Pittsburgh, VCU and UNC Asheville in the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites Friday through Sunday at Riley Park.

The Bulldogs take on the Panthers at 4 p.m. on Friday and VCU at the same time on Saturday before playing UNC Asheville in a doubleheader Sunday at approximately 2:30. The second game is the makeup of a contest rained out on Tuesday.

The games not involving The Citadel begin at noon on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The Citadel (4-4) will be looking at snap a three-game losing streak when it takes on the Panthers. Pittsburgh is off to a 5-1 start, sweeping perennial national power Wichita State and taking two of three against Wofford last weekend.

VCU has won all five of its games to open the 2013 campaign including a victory over Elon while UNC Asheville is 3-4 on the year.

The Citadel has played a total of seven games with three wins against the teams in the field. Two of those victories have come over UNC Asheville by scores of 4-3 in 2007 and 13-7 in 2008, both at Riley Park.

The Bulldogs have dropped two of three regular season games to VCU and lost 3-2 in 11 innings at Clemson in the NCAA East Regional in 1998. The only meeting with Pittsburgh resulted in a 12-10 Panther victory in the 1995 Mideast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Citadel will be going with its usual weekend pitching rotation of senior right-hander Austin Pritcher, sophomore lefty James Reeves and freshman righty Austin Mason. The trio has combined to allow only nine earned runs in 35 1/3 innings for an ERA of 2.29.

Pritcher has not given up a run in 13 innings so far this season and has not allowed an earned run at Riley Park in his last 32 1/3 innings. Mason has turned in two solid starts to begin his collegiate career, surrendering only seven hits and three runs in 12 1/3 innings for an ERA of 2.19.

Following this weekend’s games, the Bulldogs play at Winthrop on Tuesday before opening Southern Conference play against Samford on March 8-10 at Riley Park.

Dogs Sweep Season from Paladins.

March 1, 2013

Furman drops the ball against The Citadel

By Cullen Murray-Kemp 

The Greenville News 3/1/13

Special to The News

CHARLESTON — Fur­man’s (6-22, 3-14) season can be encapsulated in one play from Thursday night’s game against the Citadel (8-20, 5-12). With eight minutes remaining in the first half, freshman Kendrec Ferrara missed a jumper. The ball found the hands of one Furman player, then another, then another, as each attempt­ed to lay the ball back into the basket. Each time the ball bounced off the rim. The Paladins did not give up—chasing down five straight offensive re­bounds in the possession until finally the ball trick­led off a Furman player and out of bounce. A media timeout was called, and Coach Jackson and his assistants ran to the Furman players in appre­ciation of their efforts.

Unfortunately, effort wasn’t enough to push Furman past Citadel as they dropped their ninth straight game in Southern Conference play. The first half was scrappy—the two teams battled to stay out of last place in the SoCon’s south division. Furman senior center Colin Reddick (14, 10) controlled the inside for the Paladins with an array of nifty up and un­der post moves, while Cit­adel guards Ashton Moore and Dylen Setze­korn (11 points) controlled the perimeter each net­ting back-to-back Bulldog three pointers.

Furman struggled from the field in the first half shooting only 8-28 (28.6%).

By the half, Citadel seemed to be pulling away with a seemingly secure 30-22 lead. Yet, the tena­cious Paladins would not give up.

Led by Senior forward Bryant Irwin (12, 7) and freshman guard Larry Wideman (17,4) Furman chipped away at the Cita­del lead, bringing the Pal­adins to within three, 50-47 with 8:13 remaining in the contest.

Despite the far better second half shooting (48%), that was as close as the Paladins would get all evening.

Furman was forced to play a 2-3 zone defense due to a lack of able bod­ies— only dressing seven players after losing David Brown prior to last week’s Georgia Southern game. In the second half, Fur­man’s defense struggled to qualm the efforts of senior captain Mike Gro­sell who finished with his career 27 th double-double (24, 10).

“I’m proud of our guys, but with only six scholar­ship players it made things really hard at the end of this season,” said Coach Jackson.

Citadel finished Thurs­day night’s game 18-8 run with a final score of 68-57.