Baseball schedules can be a funny thing, especially during a tournament when as many as four games are scheduled at a single facility. The Bulldogs have learned that lesson over the past 24 hours.
After defeating Appalachian State on Joe Jackson’s walk-off home run yesterday, The Citadel had to wait until later in the day to find out its next opponent and time of first pitch. The first matter was decided when Western Carolina dispatched Samford, creating a second round game against the Catamounts. When tournament host Furman knocked off Elon, it meant The Citadel would play at 8:30 Thursday night.
Or so they thought. Wednesday’s final game between College of Charleston and Georgia Southern was rained out, forcing the schedule to be reconfigured. Just that quickly the Bulldogs and Catamounts were now playing at 5:00.
The person most affected by these changes was not head coach Fred Jordan or any of the players but rather Matt Smith, The Citadel’s athletic trainer for baseball and coordinator of travel. Among his many responsibilities is arranging for all meals – something that’s difficult to do when you don’t know from hour-to-hour when your team is going to play.
The Bulldogs usually eat about three hours before first pitch, so it would seem obvious that the pregame meal would be at 2:00. But what if the two earlier games run late, forcing a starting time considerably later than 5:00?
“We are having our pregame meal at our hotel (the Hilton in Greenville), and I have the cell number of the managing caterer in case we need to change anything on the fly,” said Smith. “I will make an adjustment after the first game if necessary. We have a good relationship with this hotel, which is why we like staying here.”
So make sure you plan on listening to Danny Reed’s broadcast on 1450 in Charleston or on the web at http://www.charlestonsportsradio.com. Just don’t be surprised if it’s later than what the schedule says.
Sports Information Director