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Citadel Notes: Football to play North Carolina in 2016

August 28, 2015

Jeff Hartsell

Aug 2015

Growing up in North Carolina, Mike Houston always wanted to play football for the University of North Carolina. “Unfortunately, I wanted them more than they wanted me,” said Houston, now head coach at The Citadel. Houston, who ended up playing tight end at Mars Hill College, will get to coach in UNC’s Kenan Stadium next year, when the Bulldogs visit the Tar Heels to conclude the 2016 season.

The visit to North Carolina highlights the Bulldogs’ 2016 schedule, which was released Thursday. The Citadel plays non-conference games against Gardner-Webb and North Greenville as well as an eight-game Southern Conference slate which will include new member East Tennessee State.

The 2016 schedule starts with SoCon foes Mercer and Furman, and includes just one home game in the first four. The Citadel will play five home games overall. “It’s a tough start to the season,” said Houston. “But I’m excited about having a full SoCon slate of eight games, and I’ll be excited to go up there to Chapel Hill and play against the Tar Heels. That will be a special deal.”

The Nov. 19 game at North Carolina will be the fifth meeting between the teams, the latest coming in 2009.

The Sept. 17 game at Gardner-Webb is a return game for the Big South team’s trip to The Citadel last season, a game The Citadel won by 37-14. The Parents Day game is set for Oct. 8 against Division II North Greenville, the teams’ first meeting. And homecoming will be Nov. 5 against SoCon foe Samford.

The Citadel football team opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Davidson. To purchase tickets, call The Citadel Athletic Ticket Office at 843-953-DOGS (3647) or visit

QB battle
Houston said he’s close to naming a starting quarterback from between sophomores Dominique Allen and Cam Jackson, but wants to wait until after Saturday’s scrimmage to make a final decision. “I think Dominique is having a good week, and I think our first unit is practicing well,” Houston said Thursday. If he does not start at QB, Jackson will be a starting slotback.
(Editor’s note: sources say Dominic Allen will start the Davidson game at QB and Cam Jackson will start at slotback)

Pritcher added to baseball staff
The Citadel has named former Bulldogs pitcher Austin Pritcher as a volunteer coach. He replaces Aaron Gershenfeld, who has been hired at East Tennessee State. Pritcher, from James Island, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and pitched for the organization until April 2015. Over his career at The Citadel, Pritcher appeared 56 times on the mound with 53 starts. He tossed 321.1 innings, striking out 236 and earning an ERA of 3.87.

During his senior year with the Bulldogs, Pritcher was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the SoCon first team.

Citadel football 2016 schedule
Date Opp.
Sept. 3 at Mercer
Sept. 10 Furman
Sept. 17 at Gardner-Webb
Oct. 1 at Western Carolina
Oct. 8 North Greenville
Oct. 15 Chattanooga
Oct. 22 at Wofford
Oct. 29 East Tennessee State
Nov. 5 Samford
Nov. 12 at VMI
Nov. 29 at North Carolina


Baseball Bulldogs in the Pros

August 26, 2015

The Philadelphia Phillies released Citadel graduate Chris McGuiness from their AAA club. He was third on the team in games played for the ‘Lehigh Valley Iron-Pigs’ but his average was in the .230 range all season. Final stats include a .223 BA, 3 HR, & 36 RBI. He did lead the team in walks (55). We wish him good luck, and hope he can latch on with another club, maybe after MLB roster expansion September 1.

On a bright note, Joe Jackson is in an advanced high Single ‘A’ club – The Desert Mavericks in the Texas Ranger system with a .295 average and 63 RBIs in 92 games. He could move up to ‘AA” this year.

Mason Davis is doing pretty well in the Marlins program with a high – A club as well.

Bo Thompson is moving along, but has not shown the power expected of him by the Yankees single ‘A’ franchise – The Charleston Riverdogs.

Wojo is with the Houston Astros and is on the major league roster but has saw limited action on the mound so far.

3 Diamond Dogs Drafted in MLB Draft

June 12, 2015

Bulldog Pitching staff decimated as Reeves, Hunter & Mason are drafted


Citadel starting pitcher James Reeves was selected by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Summerville, South Carolina, native was taken in the 10th round as the 303rd overall pick, and is the 32nd draft pick to be coached by Fred Jordan at The Citadel.

Reeves pitched in 68 games for the Bulldogs, picking up 20 wins over his 33 career starts. Throughout his 239.0 innings pitched, he struck out 227 opponents, and had a 3.88 earned-run average. In 2015, the senior was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Southern Conference, and was recognized nationally as a Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American. He claimed the SoCon and Louisville Slugger Player of the Week titles twice in the season; first on Feb. 16 and again on April 6 for his no-hitter against Mercer.

Reeves made 15 starts over the season, striking out 115 batters over his 95.0 innings pitched to earn a 3.69 ERA. During the 2014 season, Reeves pitched in seven games and finished with a 3.40 ERA, striking out 36 batters in 39.2 innings. As a sophomore in 2013, Reeves appeared in 24 games and tossed 51.2 innings for the Bulldogs, striking out 42 batters while holding an ERA of 4.01.

In his first season with The Citadel, Reeves made 22 appearances and posted an ERA of 4.44 over his 53.3 innings. He picked up wins in his first three appearance for the Bulldogs and struck out 34 batters over the 2012 season


The Citadel’s closer Skylar Hunter was selected in the MLB Draft on Wednesday going in the 12th round to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Hanahan native was taken with the 354th overall selection. Hunter told Live 5 Sports on Wednesday that he intends to forgo his senior year and sign with the Phillies.

Hunter appeared in 95 games during his career at The Citadel, recording 147 strikeouts with an earned-run average of 3.49 over 131.1 innings. This season, Hunter broke the program and Southern Conference records for career saves with 41.

As a junior in 2015, Hunter tossed 53.0 innings for the Bulldogs, earning 13 saves and striking out 59 opponents with an ERA of 3.74. During his 2014 season, Hunter posted an impressive 1.67 ERA over his 43.0 innings pitched, allowing just eight runs while striking out 44. He earned 15 saves, tying The Citadel record for saves in a season. In 2013, Hunter was a second-team All-Southern Conference performer and was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.


Citadel starting pitcher Austin Mason was selected in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks . The junior right-hander was taken in the 17th round as the 496th overall pick, and is the 34th draft pick to be coached by Fred Jordan at The Citadel. A native of Greer, South Carolina, Mason finished his Citadel career with a 5.28 earned-run average over 165.1 innings pitched. He started in 32 of his 53 appearances, striking out 126 opponents.

In the 2015 season, Mason posted a 4.19 ERA through 53.2 innings of work and struck out 53 batters over his 25 appearances. As a sophomore, Mason returned from offseason shoulder surgery to play in 14 games of the 2014 season. He earned an ERA of 5.02 over 57.1, innings, striking out 39 opponents.

In the 2013 season, Mason appeared in 14 games with 13 starts, contributing to his 6.63 ERA. Over 54.1 innings on the mound, the freshman struck out 34 batters.

Citadel survives SoCon play-in game, now faces top seed Mercer

May 20, 2015
Citadel pitcher James Reeves (28) fires a pitch to ETSU's Jeremy Taylor (6) during the SoCon Baseball play-in game Tuesday. The Bulldogs won the game 8 to 2. (Brad Nettles/P&CStaff)

Citadel pitcher James Reeves (28) fires a pitch to ETSU’s Jeremy Taylor (6) during the SoCon Baseball play-in game Tuesday. The Bulldogs won the game 8 to 2. (Brad Nettles/P&CStaff)

Jeff Hartsell
May 19 2015 12:33 pm

A pitcher of the year award combined with a win-or-else start piled up postseason pressure on Citadel junior James Reeves on Tuesday morning in the Southern Conference baseball tournament. “I was not concerned, but just hoping James would have his ‘A’ game today,” said Bulldogs coach Fred Jordan. “You win that award and then get put in this pressure-packed situation, a lot of times you can have a tough outing.”

Reeves, an easy-going left-hander from Ashley Ridge High School, handled the situation with poise. The 6-3, 200-pounder worked seven innings in the Bulldogs’ 8-2 play-in game win over East Tennessee State before 748 fans at Riley Park, scattering seven hits while walking only one and striking out eight.

His relatively easy 93 pitches left open the possibility that Reeves (8-3), named the SoCon pitcher of the year this week, could pitch again Saturday or Sunday, depending on how far the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (26-28) can advance in the double-elimination portion of the tournament. Freshman J.P Sears will take the mound for The Citadel at 5 p.m. Wednesday against regular-season champion Mercer.

“It was a great outing for James,” Jordan said. “And who knows, maybe we’ll be able to use him again.” The Citadel staked Reeves to a 3-0 lead in the fourth, then broke open the game with five runs in the seventh. Reeves escaped trouble in the seventh, stranding runners at second and third, and closer Skylar Hunter pitched the final two innings to preserve the victory.

“It feels good,” said Reeves, whose 111 strikeouts this season is 10th in Citadel history. “Now, we’re dancing in the tournament, and we’ll see what happens. This was definitely a big win for us.”

Stephen Windham and Steven Hansen each drove in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs, who are now 8-3 in May. Windham also scored twice, as did Jacob Watcher and William Kinney as the Bulldogs piled up 11 hits. The offense came out hot late, and we played pretty good defense,” Reeves said.

Reeves pitched a no-hitter against No. 1 seed Mercer (31-21) on April 2, and Sears had a decent outing in the second game of that series, losing 4-3. The 5-11, 170-pound lefty from Sumter allowed 10 hits and four runs, but walked only one and struck out seven in that game. Mercer won the third game of that series, 17-0, a score Jordan would rather forget. “They are pretty good,” Reeves said. “But if J.P. brings his ‘A’ game, he’ll be all right. Any pitcher can beat anyone on any given day.”

No. 9 seed ETSU will head home as Bucs coach Tony Skole, a former Bulldogs player, ends his debut season in the SoCon with a 21-35 record. Starting pitcher Jimmy Nesselt kept ETSU in it, leaving the game trailing 3-2 with a runner on in the seventh. But reliever Lee Haeberle did not get an out in the inning, surrendering two singles to load the bases and a walk to force in the first of five runs. Johnathan Stokes and Windham followed with RBI singles against reliever Griffin Krieg. Windham’s hit brought in two runs, and Drew Ellis doubled home the fifth run for an 8-2 lead. Stokes’ single was his 200th career hit.

Citadel closer Hunter, who has 12 saves, began warming up when the score was 3-2 and pitched the final two innings, throwing 22 pitches. Jordan said he would be available against Mercer. “It was 3-2 when he started warming him up, and once we heated him up …” Jordan said. “But he threw minimal pitches, and really he’s better the second day he pitches, because sometimes he’s too alive that first day.”

First, Sears will have to get the Mercer game to Hunter, which won’t be easy against the Bears, who won the regular-season title after coming into the SoCon from the Atlantic Sun. Mercer is led by SoCon player of the year Kyle Lewis, a sophomore outfielder who hit a league-best .386 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs. “J.P. will do what he does,” Jordan said. “If he throws strikes and moves the ball in and out, he’ll keep us in the game. We’ll try to shorten the game and get into the seventh inning.”

That’s the formula the Bulldogs will have to follow if they hope to become the third team seeded eighth or lower to win the SoCon Tournament in its 32-year history. No. 8 Furman went 4-0 to win the title in 2005, and No. 8 Wofford was 5-0 en route to the championship in 2007. “Hopefully,” Reeves said, “we’ll be playing on Sunday and I’ll be able to pitch again in that game.”


May 19, 2015


Connor Walsh, Drew Ellis and JP Sears also honored

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Citadel redshirt junior James Reeves has been named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year by the head coaches and SoCon Sports Media Association, it was announced Monday morning by the league office. The left-hander was joined on the first team by senior right fielder Connor Walsh. First baseman/DH Drew Ellis and pitcher JP Sears were chosen to the all-freshman squad.

Reeves is the ninth Bulldog to win top pitcher accolades in 24 seasons under head coach Fred Jordan and fourth in the past seven years. Wes Wrenn and Asher Wojciechowski were back-to-back recipients in 2009-10, and Austin Pritcher was honored in 2013.

Reeves enters his start against East Tennessee State in Tuesday’s SoCon Tournament game with a record of 7-3 and ranks second in the conference (first among starters) with an ERA of 3.44. He is first in the league in opponent batting average (.222), tied for second in strikeouts (103) and seventh in innings pitched (83 2/3).

He has turned in 10 quality starts (six or more innings and three or fewer earned runs) in 13 outings, allowed zero or one run five times and struck out 10 or more on four occasions. His average of 11.08 strikeouts per nine innings places him 19th in the nation.

Reeves tossed the sixth no-hitter in school history in a 4-0 win over Mercer on March 21. He struck out 14 in that game and was a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time this season. He also earned the honor after the season opener against Air Force when he allowed two hits and one run with 14 strikeouts in six innings.

In addition to his performance against Mercer, Reeves was also the SoCon Pitcher of the Week after defeating ETSU on May 8 when he blanked the Buccaneers on five hits while striking out 12 in seven innings.

Walsh was rarely used as a position player prior to this season but exploded on the scene in 2015, leading the Bulldogs in just about every offensive category. He paces the team in batting average (.347), slugging (.569), on-base percentage (.421), hits (70), runs (45), RBI (57), doubles (15), triples (3) and total bases (115) while ranking second in home runs with eight.

Walsh is tied for second in the SoCon in RBI and ranks eighth in batting average and ninth in doubles. He had seven of his home runs in conference games, including three to go along with seven runs scored and nine RBI in a sweep of ETSU to garner him Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week recognition.

Ellis leads the Bulldogs and is tied for 10th in the SoCon with 11 home runs in his debut campaign and also ranks second on the team in RBI (37) and slugging (.488). He had eight home runs in conference play including five in the final seven games of the regular season.

He is the first Citadel freshman to reach double figures in home runs since Richard Jones had 15 in 2007. Ellis had three home runs in the series against ETSU and added two more against Furman last weekend.

Sears has a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 4.61 in 16 appearances this season including 12 starts. In 70 1/3 innings he has struck out 72, the eighth-highest total in the SoCon, while walking only 18.

Sears joined the rotation against Georgia Southern on Feb. 24 and worked five innings of three-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts. He picked up a victory in SoCon play at Samford on May 2, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up six hits and two runs while fanning five. He has struck out at least seven in five starts with a season-high eight against Lafayette and Wofford.

Citadel baseball’s Connor Walsh, James Reeves earn awards

May 13, 2015
Reeves has been a highlight for the 2015 DiamondDogs (photo by Post&courier

Reeves has been a highlight for the 2015 DiamondDogs (photo by Post&courier)

Staff reports
May 11 2015pm

Citadel baseball players Connor Walsh and James Reeves earned awards after the Bulldogs’ weekend sweep of East Tennessee State.

Walsh was named the Louisville Slugger national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball, and Reeves was named Southern Conference pitcher of the week.
Walsh, a senior right fielder, hit three home runs, scored seven times and drove in nine during a three-game sweep of East Tennessee State. He is the second Bulldog to earn Louisville Slugger honors this season, with Reeves gaining the award on two occasions.

Walsh, from Jupiter, Fla., leads the Bulldogs in batting average (.346), hits (64), doubles (14), triples (3), runs scored (42), RBIs (52), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.423) while ranking second with seven home runs.

Reeves, a junior lefty from Summerville, was named SoCon pitcher of the week for the second time for his performance in The Citadel’s 9-1 win over East Tennessee State on Friday at Riley Park.

He pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out 12 to raise his record to 7-3. The quality start was the ninth in 12 starts for Reeves this season, including a no-hitter against Mercer on April 2 when he received the SoCon award for the first time.

Reeves ranks second in the conference in ERA (3.36) and strikeouts (99) and first in opponent batting average (.219). He is the active leader in wins among SoCon pitchers with 19 victories and also has career totals of 2212/3 innings pitched, 211 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA.

CITADEL Alums in the Pros

May 6, 2015
El Cid's Joe Jackson

El Cid’s Joe Jackson


1. Asher Wojciechowski is 0-1 with a 7.31 ERA with the Houston Astros. He has 16 strike outs in16 innings
2. Chris McGuiness with the ‘AAA Phillies is hitting .268 with 5 RBI in 17 games
3. Joe Jackson has played in 20 games with the “AA” Texas Rangers affiliate hitting .276 with 13 RBI
4. Mason Davis with the Florida Marlins Single ‘A’ is hitting .270 with 6 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Right now he is on the ‘DL’
5. Bo Thompson is on the New York Yankees minor league roster but he has not played this season
Thanks to Chris Hoffman ’68, Citadel sports fan extraordinaire for the pro baseball update

Jake Stenson photo by Russ Pace

Jake Stenson
photo by Russ Pace

The Citadel’s Jake Stenson, who finished third on the team in rushing yards with 597 yards in 2014, has earned a spot on the ‘Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie Minicamp’ which will take place this Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at the ‘Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields’ at ‘Ever-Bank Field’ at 1:10 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. both days. Stenson, capped off his Bulldog career with 744 rushing yards.

Justin Oxendine was cut the first week of trials by the Canadian Football team in Ontario


April 24, 2015



The Citadel and VMI meet for the first time as Southern Conference rivals since 2003 when the Keydets visit Riley Park for a three-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games can be seen on the SoCon Digital Network.

The teams have played only once since VMI departed the SoCon, with the Keydets taking 4-3 and 12-1 victories at Riley Park in 2010. In the last SoCon series in 2003, the Bulldogs won two of three at Riley Park, but VMI took a 2-1 win in the conference tournament.

The Bulldogs (18-21, 3-9 SoCon) hold a 64-18 lead in the series since 1965 including 36-9 in Charleston and 8-4 at Riley Park. VMI records show The Citadel with a series advantage of 75-25. Fred Jordan has a record of 33-8 against the Keydets (12-22, 5-7) including 21-5 in Charleston.

James Reeves gets the start for the Bulldogs on Friday. The redshirt junior southpaw has a record of 5-3 and ranks third in the SoCon in ERA (3.12) and strikeouts (77) and second in opposing batting average (.217). His average of 11.42 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 17th in the nation.

Reeves will be opposed by sophomore left-hander Austin Heenan (0-5, 6.25). Saturday will be a matchup between Bulldog freshman lefty JP Sears (4-3, 3.46) and Keydet senior righty Andrew Woods (4-1, 4.93). Sears ranks fourth in the SoCon in ERA and tied for sixth with 55 strikeouts.

Freshman lefty Brandon Barbery (4-2, 3.61) will pitch for VMI on Sunday. The Bulldogs have not decided on a series finale starter.

Astros rookie Asher Wojciechowski says he has ‘a lot to work on’ after debut

April 10, 2015
Wojo  hands the ball to his his manager after leaving his 1st MLB start

Wojo hands the ball to his his manager after leaving his 1st MLB start

Posted on April 9, 2015 | By Jose de Jesus Ortiz The Houston Chronicle

Rookie righthander Asher Wojciechowski, who gave up only three earned runs in 21 innings this spring to win a spot on the roster, lasted only four innings in his major-league debut Thursday. He failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the fifth. Wojciechowski gave up eight hits and four runs with two walks and two strikeouts and two home runs, throwing 50 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

“Definitely a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “A lot to work on. I’m just excited to get to work tomorrow and start to work for my next outing.”

The Indians jumped on Wojciechowski immediately.Michael Bourn led off with a double to left-center field. Jose Ramirez then put runners at the corners with a bunt single back to the mound. Jason Kipnis gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to left. Yan Gomez led off the second with a double to left. Two outs later, Roberto Perez singled to right field. George Springer fielded the ball cleanly and delivered a perfect throw home to Hank Conger. Although the throw beat Gomes home by a few feet, Conger let Gomes slide safely under his tag attempt to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

“He battled himself a little bit early and they hit some mistakes,” A.J. Hinch said of Wojciechowski. “His first outing and he obviously wanted to get that under his belt and get on to the next one. They nicked at him early in the game and were able to put a few runs on the board. “Then in the end he lost his arm-slot a little bit and he was a little bit winded. Unfortunately we didn’t do anything to help him out. That was unfortunate for us as a team.” Perez homered to left-center in the fourth, and Ramirez homered to right in the fifth. Kipnis then singled and Santana walked to prompt a call to the bullpen. Fortunately for Wojciechowski’s 9.00 ERA, Sam Deduno retired the next three to strand the two runners he inherited.

“My changeup was there,” Wojciechowski said. “The fastball didn’t feel all too great today and then I couldn’t find my slider today. I’m struggling with my slider, and I’m just going to have to get to work tomorrow and work on that a lot and get it going.”

Citadel pitcher Zach Sherrill hits home run with on-field proposal

April 9, 2015
Citadel pitcher Zach Sherrill proposes to girlfriend Anna Kate Shuler before Saturday’s game at Riley Park. (Photo provided)

Citadel pitcher Zach Sherrill proposes to girlfriend Anna Kate Shuler before Saturday’s game at Riley Park. (Photo provided)

By: Jeff Hartsell
Apr 7 2015

The Citadel baseball team lost, 17-0, to Mercer on Saturday at Riley Park. But at least one Bulldogs player had something to celebrate that night. Senior pitcher Zach Sherrill did not strike out when he proposed to his girlfriend, Anna Kate Shuler, on the field before the game.

“I’ve always thought about doing that when I proposed, because I’m so into baseball,” said Sherrill, who has known Anna Kate since they went to high school together in Sumter. “I thought that’d be a neat way to do it.”

Sherill had his parents bring the ring from Sumter and felt pretty good about his game plan until Anna Kate hit the field. “I wasn’t too nervous until she got out there,” he said. “Then I got a few butterflies.”

But Sherrill’s scouting report proved accurate. She said yes.

“We had talked about it before,” Sherrill said. The fans on hand cheered, but Sherrill’s teammates knew he’d telegraphed the pitch. “They were eating it up,” he said. “They say I’ve been married since I got here.” Zach and Anna Kate, who attends College of Charleston, will get married in the summer of 2016.