The Citadel Bulldogs picked up an 8-5 victory over Appalachian State to get a series victory. The Bulldogs were led by Matt Arnold who went 3-3 with two RBI’s. David Rubinstein of ASU had a perfect day at the plate with a hit in each of his four at-bats. Matt Reifsnider pitched three innings in relief to get his second win of the season. Link Saunders got his fifth save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth while striking out two batters. Zach Quate got the loss by giving up two runs in 1/3 of an inning.
The Citadel Recap
The Citadel and Appalachian State split a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. In Game 1, Appalachian State scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to knock off the Bulldogs 9-7. Garrett Sherrill picked up the win for the Mountaineers by working the final 2.0 innings to send his record to 7-3. Justin Smith picked up the loss for the Bulldogs by letting up five runs in 1.1 innings to send his record to 4-3.
Game 1 Recap from The Citadel
Game 1 Recap from ASU
The second game of the doubleheader was a 17-0 victory for The Citadel. They used a complete game shutout by Matt Crim who allowed nine hits and one walk while striking out seven batters to get his record to 4-2 on the season. Zach Brown led the offense by hitting two homers in the game. Appalachian State starter Jason Rook pitched 5.0 innings while surrendering six runs to drop his record to 4-5.
Game 2 Recap from The Citadel
Game 2 Recap from ASU
The Citadel Bulldogs have made a change to their schedule for their upcoming weekend series with Appalachian State. They will play a doubleheader on Friday that starts at 2 pm and a single game on Saturday at 1pm but could start at noon to try to beat the bad weather that is coming late Saturday into Sunday this weekend.
ASU Game Notes
The Citadel Game Notes
The Citadel Bulldogs will head on a four game road trip this week which starts on Wednesday at Winthrop then they head to Appalachian State for a weekend series. The Bulldogs enter the four game stretch with a record of 20-12 (4-5 SoCon). Winthrop have a solid record of 22-15 record but lost to The Citadel 8-3 on March 20th. Appalachian State has a record of 20-14 (7-5 SoCon) after knocking off Gardner-Webb on Tuesday 6-1.
Wednesday: Matt Reifsnider (1-1, 4.09 ERA) vs Ryan Schwartz (2-2, 4.50 ERA)
Friday: Wes Wrenn (3-3, 5.69 ERA) vs Matt Andress (3-3, 7.00 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (3-2, 4.80 ERA) vs Jason Rook (4-4, 4.47 ERA)
Sunday: Chris McGuiness (2-0, 5.76 ERA) vs TBA
The Citadel’s Justin Smith picked up the Pitcher of the Week Award from the Southern Conference for the week ending March 5th. Smith earned two wins out of the teams three games last week. He pitched 9.1 innings while only allowing the opponents to hit .118. Appalachian State hitter David Rubinstein picked up the Player of the Week Award by going 13-16 over the four games last week for a batting average of .812.
The Citadel Release
Appalachian State Release
The Western Carolina Catamounts were picked by Collegiate Baseball to win the Southern Conference in 2007. The full press release from Western Carolina is available here.
Projected Order of Finish
1. Western Carolina
2. College of Charleston
4. UNC Greensboro
5. The Citadel
6. Georgia Southern
8. Appalachian State