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Citadel Downs Western Carolina in SoCon First Round


Charleston, S.C. – Seventh-seeded The Citadel knocked off No. 2 Western Carolina, 7-2, in the first round of double-elimination play in the Southern Conference Tournament Tuesday night at Riley Park. Sophomore hurler Matt Crim tossed seven innings of shutout ball and tied a career-best eight strikeouts while freshman catcher Richard Jones belted his third home run in as many games.

The Bulldogs held the Catamounts scoreless all the way until two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Blake Murphy drew a bases loaded walk. Senior hurler Link Saunders came in to record the final out and pick up his sixth save of the year as he caught Kenny Smith looking to end the game.

Jones put the Bulldogs on the board first for the second consecutive night with a solo shot to right in the second inning. Jones has homered in the last three games, belting a round-tripper in his first at bat in the last two. Junior third baseman Matt Arnold was able to race home from third on a passed ball to give the Dogs a 2-0 advantage.

The Citadel struck again in the fourth as senior center fielder Chance Smith ripped a run-scoring double to the gap in left center. Junior left fielder Chris Swauger followed that up with a base hit up the middle to make it 4-0 Bulldogs.

Swauger earned his second RBI of the evening with a solo bomb off the batter’s eye in the ninth before sophomore Sonny Meade was awarded a free pass. Brown followed that up with a two-bagger off the top of the wall in right to plate freshman Matt Simonelli, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Meade. Jones then sent Brown across the dish with a single to right, extending The Citadel lead to seven.

After holding opponents to 22 consecutive scoreless innings, the Bulldogs surrendered two bases-loaded walks with two outs in the ninth.

Crim (7-3) earned the victory for the Dogs as he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while fanning eight and walking four. Western starter Tyler Sexton (8-3) suffered the loss as he lasted 3.2 frames, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out two and walking one.

Swauger, Jones and Arnold each collected three-hits on the night as Arnold extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. Nick Liles lead the Catamount offense with three hits of his own, including a triple.

No. 7 The Citadel will now face No. 3 Elon in game 10 of the SoCon Tournament on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Riley Park. The Bulldogs were 1-2 versus the Phoenix during the regular season when they visited Riley Park. The Dogs are 2-1 when facing Elon in the SoCon Tournament. The last time the two met in the tourney was in 2006 when The Citadel eliminated top-ranked Elon with a 14-11 victory.

Southern Conference Players of the Week

The Southern Conference has announced Alex Garabedian of College of Charleston was named the player of the week for the week ending on April 23rd. He hit .522 (12 for 23) with two homers while scoring five runs and driving six runs in.

College of Charleston Release
Southern Conference Release

The Southern Conference also has announced that Western Carolina’s Greg Holland. He picked up three wins in four appearances last week.

Western Carolina Release

Southern Conference Release

Western Carolina completes sweep

The Western Carolina Catamounts completed a sweep over The Citadel with a 18-3 victory on Sunday. Corey Martin only let up one hit in his six innings of work to get his second win of the year in his first start. The Catamounts jumped on Bulldogs starter Justin Smith for seven runs in the first inning knocking Smith out of the game after recording only a single out. They continued to extend the lead throughout the game as the Bulldogs were not able to recover from the first inning. Western Carolina will return to action when they visit Kentucky on Tuesday before heading to Davidson in the next Southern Conference match-up. The Citadel will play College of Charleston at Riley Park in the annual “Turn Back the Century” game on Wednesday before hosting Wofford.

Western Carolina Recap
The Citadel Recap

Western Carolina clinches series victory

The Western Carolina Catamounts scored nine runs in the seventh inning to rally from a 5-3 deficit and cruise to a 12-5 victory over The Citadel. Barrett Shaft for the second straight game went 3-4 to lead the Catamounts attack. Chris Masters picked up the victory by working on 1/3 of an inning to up his record to 4-2. Drew Saberhagen started for Western Carolina and allowed five runs in his 6.2 innings of work. (Anyone know if he is Bret’s son?) Raymond Copenhaver picked up the loss by not recording an out and allowing three runs on two hits while facing only three batters. Western Carolina goes for the sweep on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Western Carolina Recap
The Citadel Recap

Western Carolina drops The Citadel in Game 1

The Western Carolina Catamounts picked up a 7-3 victory over The Citadel Bulldgos in a key Southern Conference showdown. Barrett Shaft got the Catamounts offense going by giving them a 3-4 game with 3 runs scored from his lead-off role in the lineup. Tyler Sexton pitched 8.0 excellent innings to get his fifth victory of the season against no losses. Wes Wrenn got the loss from The Citadel and drops to 3-3 on the season. The teams continue their series with a first pitch scheduled at 4:00 pm.

Western Carolina Recap

The Citadel Recap

The CItadel visits Western Carolina

The Citadel Bulldogs will head to Cullowhee NC to take on Western Carolina in a big Southern Conference showdown. This will be the first time all season that the Bulldogs will leave the state of South Carolina. They were originally scheduled to head to Minnesota earlier in the season but couldn’t get there because of a major blizzard. The Citadel is led by Zach Brown who is hitting .337 with seven homers and 22 RBI on the season.

Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Wes Wrenn (3-2, 4.64 ERA) vs Tyler Sexton (4-0, 4.64 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Crim (2-2, 4.89 ERA) vs Drew Saberhagen (2-1, 2.68 ERA)
Sunday: Justin Smith (4-1, 5.31 ERA) vs TBA

ACC Recap for 3/28

UNC 28 Davidson 3

North Carolina hit six homers including two from Benji Johnson to give the Tar Heels the 28-3 victory over Davidson. UNC scored eleven runs in the second inning and then twelve in the third to take full control of the game. UNC will be back in action on Friday when they host Wake Forest.

UNC Recap
Davidson Recap

Maryland 12 Coppin State 0

The Maryland Terrapins held Coppin State hitless and used a balanced attack by scoring in seven out of their eight at bats to continue the Coppin State losing streak to 20 games. Mike Murphy went 2-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Maryland offensive attack. Brett Curll, Tim Kearney, Brett Jones, and Nick Pearce all went two innings without allowing a hit while Brian Shellhamer pitched a perfect ninth to complete the no-hitter. Maryland will visit Georgia Tech this weekend for a big ACC series.

Maryland Recap
Coppin State Recap

Virginia 4 Longwood 3

Brandon Marsh hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Cavaliers to a 4-3 come from behind victory over Longwood. Casey Lambert struck out 2 batters in the top of the ninth to pick up the victory for the Cavs. Virginia will travel across the state to Virginia Tech for a weekend series.

UVA Recap
Longwood Recap

Clemson 15 Western Carolina 6

The Clemson Tigers blew out Western Carolina 15-6 in non-conference action on Wednesday in Clemson SC. Taylor Harbin and Doug Hogan led the offense with three hits a piece. Clemson will return to action on Friday when they host the Hurricanes.

Clemson Recap
Western Carolina Recap

NC State 6 UNC-Greensboro 0

The NC State Wolfpack received a stellar pitching performance from Nate Karns, Jeff Stallings, and Sam Brown who combined on a three hit shutout. Caleb Mangum and Pat Ferguson each picked up two RBIs to lead the offense. NC State heads to Chestnut Hill to open the BC home schedule this weekend and The College Baseball Blog should be there on Saturday and Sunday.

NC State Recap
UNC-Greensboro Recap

Georgia Tech 6 Georgia Southern 2

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets used nine pitchers and were able to limit the Georgia Southern Eagles to two runs. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher were the only two Yellow Jackets with two hits on the day. Georgia Tech will host Maryland this weekend for a big ACC series.

GA Tech Recap
Georgia Southern Recap

Winthrop 15 Wake Forest 9

The Winthrop Eagles used a ten run fifth inning to pick up a 15-9 slugfest victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday. Winthrop will visit UNCAsheville while Wake Forest heads to UNC for a big ACC weekend series.

Winthrop Recap
Wake Forest Recap

Boston College and Holy Cross were postponed until Thursday when they will try again to play their big non-conference game in a battle of Massachusetts.

BC Release

HC Release

ACC Recap for 3/20

UNC 10
Towson 2

The UNC Tar Heels picked up a 10-2 victory over the Towson Tigers behind a three hit game from Tim Fedroff. Adam Warren picked up his fourth victory of the season by going five innings while only giving up a run.

UNC Recap
Towson Recap

Western Carolina 6
Clemson 3

Western Carolina used a five run sixth inning to upset the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-3. The Catamounts were led by catcher Blake Murphy who went 2-4 with two RBI. D.J. Mitchell hit a two run homer to lead the Tigers.

Western Carolina Recap
Clemson Recap

Virginia 11
Richmond 1

The Virginia Cavaliers used a 13 hit attack to pick up their 20th victory of the season over the Richmond Spiders. Brandon Guyer went 4-6 with 4 RBI to lead the Cavs to the victory. Pat McAnaney picked up the victory by going five strong innings while giving up only one unearned run.

Virginia Recap
Richmond Recap

Wake Forest 6
Ohio University 4

Willy Fox hit his fourth homer on the year and Dustin Hood went 3 for 4 to lead the Deacons to the 6-4 victory. This win broke a five game losing streak for the Deacons and gave them their 12th win on the season.

Wake Forest Recap
Ohio University Recap

Boston College and Central Connecticut State had their game canceled due to the unplayable field conditions throughout the Northeast. They will try to make up the series later this year on a date yet to be determined.

BC Release

Western Carolina favorites in Southern Conference?

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
3. Elon
4. UNC Greensboro
5. The Citadel
6. Georgia Southern
7. Furman
8. Appalachian State
9. Davidson
10. Wofford