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The Crab House Shootout Day 2 Recap

The Liberty Flames took a 2-1 victory over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon. Dustin Umberger of Liberty picked up the win by pitching 7.0 innings while only letting up 2 hits and one run. Matt Crim pitched a career high eight innings in the losing effort for the Bulldogs.

Liberty Recap
The Citadel Recap

The University of South Carolina continued their strong start to the season with a 9-2 victory over the Richmond Spiders on Saturday. Jay Brown started the game and struck out nine batters in his six innings of work to pick up the victory. James Darnell also hit a homer for the second straight day to provide the offense.

South Carolina Recap
Richmond Recap

Day 1 of The Crabouse Shootout

The Citadel took out the Richmond Spiders tonight in a very good game by a score of 7-6 in 10 innings to pick up number three for the win column against one loss. The Citadel was led by a clutch performance from Link Saunders who picked up the victory by pitching 2.2 innings of shutout baseball while striking out three against only one hit. Conrad Kellahan hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth to drive in the winning run for the Bulldogs. The Citadel will face off against Liberty tomorrow while the Spiders will face South Carolina.

The Citadel Recap
Richmond Recap

The University of South Carolina picked up the victory over the Liberty Flames on Friday by a score of 10-2. James Darnell and Phil Disher both hit homeruns to led the Gamecocks to the victory. Harris Honeycutt picked up the victory by going 5.1 innings while letting up two runs on four hits. He extends his streak of victories to start his career to 10.

South Carolina Recap
Liberty Recap

The Crab House Shootout

The Crab House Shootout presented by Trademark Properties will take place this weekend in Charleston SC. The teams participating will be South Carolina, Richmond, Liberty and the host school The Citadel. The match-ups on Friday are South Carolina facing Liberty and Richmond facing The Citadel. On Saturday, South Carolina will face Richmond and the Flames will face The Citadel. The final games of the weekend will have Richmond and Liberty facing off in the early game and The Citadel facing off with South Carolina.

South Carolina Game Notes
The Citadel Game Notes
Richmond Season Preview
Liberty Game Notes

ETSU knocks off The Citadel in Extra Innings

East Tennessee State bounced back today with a 5-3 victory in 13 innings over The Citadel. The Bucs were able to scratch across two runs in the 13th inning to pull out the victory. The Citadel got two runners on in the 13th but were unable to get any of them across against reliever Caleb Glafenhein who did give up the two tying runs in the bottom of the ninth to force the game to extra frames. Glafenhein pitched six innings while only giving up those two runs. Link Saunders pitched 2.0 innings while giving up the winning runs and getting his first loss of the season. Justin Aughey led the Bucs with three hits and two RBI’s. The Citadel was led on offense by Matt Arnold who hit the big homerun to start the rally in the ninth inning. The teams will be back in action tomorrow to play the rubber game of the series.

The Citadel Recap
ETSU Recap

Georgia Southern knocks off Tech

The Georgia Southern Eagles knocked off the Yellow Jackets today 11-4 in the season opener for Georgia Tech. Chris Hollis, Jeremy Beckham, and Matt Miller led the offensive charge for the Eagles. Hollis had a 2-4 day with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Jeremy Beckham went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. The big day was had by Matt Miller who pumped in five RBI’s in his two hits. The Eagles pitching on the day was led by a very good pitching performance from reliever A.J. Battisto who pitched 3 innings of shutout relief to give the Eagles the victory. Georgia Tech leading offensive force Matt Wieters was held hitless on the day in four at-bats. Danny Payne had two hits in three at bats today. David Duncan pitched five innings but gave up six runs (all earned) to pick up the loss in his first start of the year. Duncan looked shaky to the CBB staff last season when we had a chance to see him.

Georgia Tech Recap
Georgia Southern Recap

Georgia Tech heads to Georgia Southern

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will open the season on Saturday with a visit to Georgia Southern. The Jackets are coming off a 50-18 season in 2006 and a CWS appearance. The Jackets are led by All-American catcher Matt Weiters who also closes games. He was named the number 2 pro prospect this summer in the CCBL behind Justin Smoak. David Duncan will be the lead returning pitcher. Georgia Southern is heading into the series with a 1-2 record from their series in Hawai’i.

Georgia Tech Press Notes
Savannah Morning News Preview

The Citadel hosts East Tennessee State

The Citadel will open the season this weekend against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers for a 3 game weekend series. The Bulldogs will start Wes Wrenn on Friday night against ETSU starter Brandon Langston. Saturday’s matchup will be Matt Crim against Drew Story. In the final game, Justin Smith will take the mound for the Bulldogs against an unknown starter.

The Citadel Game Notes
ETSU Season Preview

Fred Jordan checks in with the CBB

Fred Jordan of the Citadel was kind enough to answer some few questions about the upcoming season. The College Baseball Blog would like to thanks Coach Jordan and Melanie Long of the Citadel Media Relations department for taking the time to set up the interview. Coach Jordan is coming off a 34-27 season where they finished as the runner-ups in the Southern Conference Tournament.

1) The Citadel lost some key players up the middle. Do you have any players that have stepped up to take their places?

Freshmen Kyle Jordan and Bryan Altman will play at shortstop and second base. Junior Chris Swauger could move over to center from left field in some situations along with Chance Smith and Graham Couch. Conrad Kellahan, who got some starts at second last year, and freshman Matt Simonelli will provide some offensive depth in the middle infield.

2) The Citadel is returning two of the three weekend starters this season. You have two sophomores in Matt Crim and Wes Wrenn who were able to be solid starters in the Southern Conference last year. After reading the season preview, it is expected that Justin Smith will fill the third starter role on the weekend. Who do you think will be able to replace Smith in the bullpen?

Freshman Matt Reifsnider will work as our top set-up guy and is the number four starter. Brett Bull, Timmy Martin and Chris Boyce are our right-handed set-up guys, while Jamie Maxwell, Chris McGuiness and Nick Sprowls are our left-handers. Freshman Raymond Copenhaver is our sidearm specialist.

3) The uniform start date goes into effect next season, how will that affect your team in the future? Do you see your school hosting any more tournaments? Also, what are your thoughts on the rule change?

The new start date will affect every team the same. Everyone is going to have to play more Tuesday/Wednesday combos than in years past. We are still planning on hosting two tournaments in the beginning of the season as we have done for the last 12 years. The rule is hopefully going to improve college baseball as a whole, so if that is the case then I am in agreement with the decision even though we play in a warm-weather climate.

4) What team in the Southern Conference will provide the biggest challenge for the Bulldogs this season?

Western Carolina, Elon and the College of Charleston all have outstanding teams. Georgia Southern and Furman have plenty of depth in certain areas. The SoCon is by far the strongest it has been in my 15 year tenure. This could be the first year that we place three teams in post-season play.

5) Your son is an incoming freshman this season. What is the toughest challenge in coaching your son at the collegiate level?

The toughest challenge is not being overcritical of Kyle. We have established that our assistant coaches will handle the majority of the coaching.

6) What player or coach have you enjoyed working with the most during your long career?

I established a tremendous relationship with Jack Stallings at Georgia Southern at the end of his career and the beginning of mine. I still draw from his wealth of knowledge in many instances. I can’t pick one player that I have enjoyed working with the most. All players become part of my family so they are all very special to me.

7) What is the greatest challenge you face coaching at one of the top military institutes in the country?

The greatest challenge is educating the parents and student-athletes during the recruiting process of how beneficial a Citadel career and degree can be for their future. Development within the program is a key element to success in college baseball, but recruiting is the lifeline for your success.

We would like to thank Coach Jordan for taking the time to do this interview and hope him so good luck in this season and his career.