The Citadel Opens 2014 Baseball Season with Altered Weekend Schedule

CHARLESTON, SC - Winter weather and travel conditions has created a change in the schedule for the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House this weekend at Riley Park.

With Delaware unable to travel until Friday, Virginia Tech has been added to the tournament field to fill out the slate of games.

Instead of playing the Blue Hens, The Citadel will begin its 2014 season on Friday against the Hokies. That game will begin approximately 40 minutes following the opening contest of the tournament between Louisville and West Virginia at noon.

Saturday's schedule has also been altered. Virginia Tech will play Delaware at 11 a.m., followed by The Citadel's game with Louisville 40 minutes after the Hokies and Blue Hens wrap up. The day concludes with West Virginia taking on Delaware.

Sunday's schedule remains the same with Delaware playing Louisville at 10 a.m., and The Citadel meeting West Virginia 40 minutes after the conclusion.

A video stream for all three Citadel games will be available via Bulldog Insider. Go to the video link on the baseball schedule page on to access the broadcast.

The Bulldogs will throw junior left hander James Reeves (3-1, 4.01 ERA in 2013) in the opener against Virginia Tech. The Citadel is 4-4 overall and 2-1 in NCAA regional play against the Hokies under head coach Fred Jordan.

The Bulldogs defeated Virginia Tech 4-3 during the East Regional at Clemson in 1994. In 2010 in Columbia, The Citadel won 7-2 in the opening round before being eliminated by the Hokies by a score of 4-3.

Senior southpaw Logan Cribb (4-3, 3.60) gets the call in Saturday's game against Louisville, which is coming off a 51-14 season and berth in the College World Series. The game marks the second return to Charleston for Cardinals' head coach Dan McDonnell.

McDonnell was the starting second baseman on The Citadel's College World Series team in 1990 and later served as an assistant coach under Jordan from 1993-2000. He was enshrined in The Citadel's Athletic Hall of Fame last November.

In his first trip back to face the Bulldogs in 2008, The Citadel rode the shutout pitching of Matt Crim and Matt Reifsnider to a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Cardinals, who were ranked No. 23 in the nation at the time.

The weekend concludes with The Citadel throwing sophomore righty Austin Livingston (4-2, 5.09) against West Virginia. The Bulldogs are 4-0 against the Mountaineers under Jordan, including regular season victories in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Like McDonnell, West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey is no stranger to the Lowcountry. Mazey was the head coach at Charleston Southern from 1994-96 and culminated his run by leading the Bucs to the Big South title.