Citadel baseball fans will see a familiar face in the opposing dugout today when the Bulldogs host East Tennessee State at 6 p.m. at Riley Park.
Former Citadel baseball and football standout Tony Skole, a member of the Bulldogs’ College World Series team in 1990, is the head coach of the Buccaneers and a member of The Citadel’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Citadel (20-17, 9-6 Southern Conference) is coming off a three-game sweep of Georgia Southern, and is tied with Elon and Western Carolina (both 12-6) and College of Charleston (11-6) for fewest in SoCon play.
In the three wins over the Eagles, the Bulldogs allowed only 13 hits and two unearned runs with 25 strikeouts in 29 innings.
East Tennessee State is 21-12 and 10-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference in its 14th season under Skole. The Buccaneers have won seven of their last eight games, a run interrupted only by a 4-3 loss to Tennessee, and outscored Lipscomb 20-4 in a three-game sweep last weekend.
Skole played his final season at The Citadel in 1992, which was the first as head coach of the Bulldogs for Fred Jordan, and he has a record of 7-19 against his former mentor while at East Tennessee State. Jordan has an overall record of 34-17 against the Buccaneers including 28-6 at home and 21-3 at Riley Park.