STATESBORO, Ga. -- For the first time since 2004, The Citadel Bulldogs can call themselves Southern Conference baseball champions.
The Citadel clinched at least a share of the SoCon regular season title with a 9-4 victory at Georgia Southern on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (36-20, 22-6) can win the title outright, and grab the No. 1 seed for next week's SoCon Tournament at Riley Park, with one more victory, either in today's 7 p.m. game or in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. regular season finale against Georgia Southern.
"We've accomplished something, but we still have a lot of work to do," said Citadel coach Fred Jordan, who has led the Bulldogs to 11 regular season and tournament titles. "We've got two more games up here against a great club."
Junior pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (10-2) worked his second straight complete game as the Bulldogs snapped GSU's 11-game win streak and eliminated the Eagles from contention for the SoCon regular season championship.
"It feels good, but we don't want to share (the title)," said Wojciechowski,
who allowed seven hits and struck out nine. "We have more to do."
If the Bulldogs lose the final two games at Georgia Southern (34-20, 19-9), they would share the regular season championship with rival College of Charleston, which finished its SoCon slate at 22-8.
Justin Mackert was 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs for The Citadel, which led 9-0 in the eighth inning. Nick Orvin also drove in two runs, and Brad Felder scored twice.
Wojciechowski allowed two hits through seven innings, then gave up a three-run homer to Shawn Payne in the eighth.
"He threw the ball extremely well," Jordan said. "We had a long inning there in the seventh, and he came back out and left a slider up a little bit to Payne. Other than that, he was pretty good."
The Citadel had lost Wojciechowski's last three starts before he bounced back with complete game wins over UNC Greensboro and GSU.
The regular season title should also boost the Bulldogs' chances for an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals should they come up short in next week's SoCon tournament.
The Bulldogs' last regular season title was in 2002. They won the SoCon tournament in 2004, which also marked their last appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The Citadel has won 20 SoCon regular season and tournament championships.
The Citadel scored three unearned runs in the third on singles by Orvin and Felder, a GSU error, an RBI groundout by Bryan Altman and Mackert's RBI single.
Mackert homered to left in the sixth, his third of the season, for a 4-0 lead. Singles by Grant Richards and Matt Simonelli and Felder's double combined with three balks by GSU pitcher Jake Brown plated two more runs for a 6-0 lead in the seventh.
The Bulldogs added three runs in the eighth on RBI singles from David Greene, William Ladd and Orvin.