The Citadel Bulldogs and Columbia Lions played a doubleheader on Saturday with each school picking up a victory. In Game 1, The Lions picked up 14 runs on 20 hits to blow out the Bulldogs by a final score of 14-1. Bill Purdy of Columbia pitched eight innings while giving up the only run on six hits. Ron Williams went 4-5 with 4 RBI to lead the offensive attack for the Lions. Andrew Ward also picked up 3 RBI on his three hits. The Citadel was led by Zach Brown and Kyle Jordan who each got two hits on the afternoon. In Game 2, Chris McGuiness hit a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning to provide the winning run. The Citadel starter Matt Crim scattered seven hits in seven innings of work while only giving up one run to pick up his first victory of the year. Link Saunders pitched a scoreless ninth to get his third save of the season. Columbia starter Henry Perkins was the hard luck loser by going eight strong innings while giving up five hits and 2 runs (one earned) to bring his record to 1-1 on the season. The teams will play on Sunday at 1 pm in the rubber game.
The Citadel Game 1 Recap
Columbia Game 1 Recap
The Citadel Bulldogs will open a three games set this weekend with a visit from The Columbia Lions. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 8-4 record. They are led by senior first baseman Zach Brown who is hitting .381 with three homers on the season. The Citadel pitching has been decent this season with Wes Wrenn leading the staff with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 2.62. Columbia enters the series with a 0-3-1 record. They lost three out of the four games last weekend against St. Mary’s and the other game they tied.
Expected Pitching Match-up
Friday: Wes Wrenn (2-0, 2.62 ERA) against Bill Purdy (0-0, 2.00 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (0-2, 5.40 ERA) against Henry Perkins (0-1, 1.50 ERA)
Sunday: Justin Smith (3-0, 4.56 ERA) against John Baumann (NR)
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 picked up a 13-9 victory over Kent State on Saturday night in Rock Hill, SC. Chris Swauger led The Citadel by going 4-6 at the plate while picking up 6 RBI’s in the game. Justin Smith of The Citadel provided excellent relief work by going 5.1 innings while only allowing 3 walks for the only base runners which gave the Bulldogs to rally for the victory. Jared Bartholomew led Kent with a 2-4 evening while driving in four runs and scoring two runs. Kent State will play Temple on Sunday at 11am while The Citadel will play Columbia this upcoming weekend.
The Citadel Bulldogs had a change of plans on Thursday as a blizzard affected the Minneapolis area thus making it difficult for airplanes to land. The Citadel was unable to make it to Minneapolis to play in the Dairy Queen Classic this weekend but they were able to join the Coca-Cola Classic hosted by Winthrop. They will play James Madison on Friday evening at 8 pm and Kent State on Saturday also at 8 pm. They will play Sunday against an opponent that has not been determined.
The Citadel Bulldogs put a 25 hit attack together to beat the Campbell Camels by a score of 20-10. The Citadel offense was led by Senior Zach Brown and Freshman Kyle Jordan who each got four hits on the afternoon. Justin Smith picked up the victory for the Bulldogs. The Citadel will be back in action at the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome this weekend. Campbell now heads home to host Seton Hall for three games.
The Citadel Bulldogs will be hosting the Campbell Camels on Tuesday. The Citadel enters the game coming off a 1-2 weekend with a victory over UNC-Asheville and a loss to Virginia Tech and Minnesota respectively. The Citadel has an overall record of 5-4 on the young season. Campbell University enters with a 1-7 overall record after losing two straight games to Charlotte over the weekend. They picked up their first win of the year beating East Carolina last Wednesday. The game on Tuesday starts at 3 pm at Riley Park in Charleston, SC.
The Citadel Bulldogs knocked off UNC-Asheville by a score of 4-3 in the final game of the Homewood Suites Shootout. The Citadel got a walk-off RBI single from Kyle Jordan in the bottom of the ninth. Link Saunders picked up the victory for The Citadel by pitching 1.2 innings of shutout baseball. The Citadel will play Campbell on Tuesday before heading to the Diary Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. UNC-Asheville will be off until Friday when they head to the University of New Orleans.
The Minnesota Gophers behind a six run sixth inning to pick up a 7-3 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the final day of The Homewood Suites Shootout. VT starting pitcher David Cross pitched no hit baseball until the sixth inning when the Gophers went on their rampage of six runs. Cross ended up picking up the loss with Tyler Oakes picking up the win for the Gophers.
On Day 2 of the Homewood Suites Shootout, The Minnesota Gophers behind a 4-4 performance from Second baseman Derek McCallum picked up a 6-3 victory over the Citadel.
Anthony Sosnoskie hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth inning to lead the Va Tech Hokies to a 9-6 victory over UNC-Asheville at the Homewood Suites Shooutout.
The Citadel Bulldogs suffered a tough 5-4 setback to Virginia Tech in 11 innings on Friday. The Citadel left the bases loaded in five innings and stranded 21 runners on base in the loss. It seems that The Citadel dominated the game but were not able to pull out the victory.
The University of Minnesota pulled out a 7-5 victory over UNC-Asheville. They came from a 4-0 deficit to come out victorious.