After a senior season which saw him earn Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year honors, The Citadel's Austin Pritcher has been selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Pritcher joins Joe Jackson as Bulldogs heading to professional baseball. Jackson was taken by the Texas Rangers in the fifth round yesterday. The Citadel has had multiple players chosen nine times in Fred Jordan's 22 seasons as head coach, with Pritcher the 29th player selected in the Jordan era.
Pritcher finished the 2013 season with a record of 8-3 and an ERA of 2.99, ranking third in the SoCon in wins and fourth in ERA. He was also third in innings pitched with 99 1/3, ninth with an opponent batting average of .255 and tied for ninth with 80 strikeouts. He had a conference-low 2.45 ERA entering the SoCon tournament.
The James Island High School graduate threw a pair of complete games during his senior campaign, including his second career shutout when he blanked Furman 6-0 on April 26. He also went the distance in a 7-1 win over College of Charleston on May 10. Those two wins were part of his six in SoCon play.
Pritcher helped carry The Citadel during the second half of the season, winning five times and taking two no-decisions in his final seven starts of the year. After losing to Western Carolina on March 29, he allowed only 10 earned runs in 50 1/3 innings the remainder of the regular season.
As part of that late season run, Pritcher was named the SoCon Pitcher of the Month in April, repeating the award he also won for his performance in February.
He pitched in 56 games with 53 starts in his career and won 22 games, the most by any SoCon hurler who was active during the 2013 season. He threw a total of 321 1/3 innings and finished with an ERA of 3.87 and 236 strikeouts.