May 27, 2010
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The Citadel fights past
Elon in 10
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – What started as baseball
turned into Thursday Night at the Fights.
Top-seeded The Citadel scored twice in the ninth,
with the second run causing a benches-clearing fight, and added
three in the 10th in a 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Elon
Thursday on the second day of the Southern Conference Tournament
at Jospeh P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Bulldogs (40-20) will have an off-day on
Friday before needing one win on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s
championship game. The Phoenix (37-21) will face fifth-seeded
Samford on Friday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner
will have to beat The Citadel twice on Saturday to reach
Sunday’s title contest.
Elon owned a 2-1 lead after eight. Matt Simonelli
drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth for the Bulldogs and
was sacrificed to second. Justin Mackert singled to right to
bring home Simonelli with the tying run and promptly stole
second. Following a strikeout, David Greene was awarded first on
catcher’s interference. Grant Richards singled to left, bringing
Mackert around third and toward home. He collided with catcher
Mike Melillo, who did not hold onto the ball. His run counted
and Richards was thrown out at second to end the frame.
The Citadel players came out of the first-base
dugout to celebrate Mackert’s run. A fight ensued, as the Elon
players poured out of the third-base dugout. Bulldog head coach
Fred Jordan suffered a separated left shoulder. Melillo was
forced to leave the game with swelling in his left thumb.
Mackert was ejected for malicious contact, but his ejection was
rescinded following the game. Elon third baseman Scott Riddle,
the starting quarterback on the Phoenix football team, was
ejected for fighting.
Following a lengthy delay, Elon came to bat in
the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-2. Ryan Adams coaxed a
leadoff walk and was replaced by pinch-runner David Wood, who
was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Ben
Scott singled to right to bring in Wood with the tying run.
Scott moved to second on a fielder’s choice, but was stranded
William Ladd had a leadoff single in the top of
the 10th for the Bulldogs. Nick Orvin followed with a walk and,
one out later, Simonelli drew a base on balls to load the bases.
Bryan Altman had a fielder’s choice to bring home Ladd with the
go-ahead run. Orvin scored on an error and Simonelli came in on
a sacrifice fly by Matt Reifenider to give The Citadel a 6-3
Elon drew a two-out walk, but could not score as
the Bulldogs claimed the victory.
The Bulldogs put together a two-out rally in the
top of the first as Simonelli singled, stole second, stole third
and scored on a base hit by Mackert to give The Citadel the
Elon tied it in the third as Harry Austin had a
leadoff single and scored on a two-out triple by Neal Pritchard,
his first career three-bagger.
Riddle belted a leadoff homer in the bottom of
the fourth to give the Phoenix a 2-1 advantage.
Mackert finished with two
hits, three walks and two RBI, while Simonelli scored three.
Scott and Harry Austin both had two hits for
Following the game, Southern Conference officials
and the umpiring crew reviewed video of the fight. Mackert’s
ejection was rescinded and will not be suspended.
Two players from each school will be suspended
three games according to NCAA regulations. The suspensions go
into effect immediately and could include potential NCAA
From Elon, Riddle and pitcher Jared Kernodle were
suspended. Riddle is a junior third baseman who has appeared in
53 games with 40 starts. He is batting .317 with six homers and
31 RBI. Kernodle is a junior right-hander who has a 6-3 record
with a 5.71 ERA. He had appeared in 17 games with 11 starts.
From The Citadel, Ben Carr and Nick Sprowls were
suspended. Carr is a freshman catcher who has not appeared in a
game this season. Sprowls is a senior left-hander who is 0-1
with a 12.66 ERA in 11 appearances.
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)