Citadel athletes earn SoCon honors

Citadel athletes collected five awards from the Southern Conference on Monday, including three in baseball, one in basketball and one in wrestling.

Senior Mike Groselle won the SoCon’s final player of the week award in basketball, after averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games last week. The 6-8 center also won the first player of the week award for the 2012-13 season, and is just one of three players to win the award more than once this season, joining Davidson’s Jake Cohen (three) and Elon’s Lucas Troutman (two).

Outfielder Tyler Griffin and pitcher Austin Pritcher were named the SoCon’s baseball player and pitcher of the month, respectively, for February.

Griffin, a junior, batted .429 with four homers and 12 RBIs for the month. Pritcher, a senior from James Island, did not allow an earned run in 13 innings over two starts in February.

Outfielder Drew DeKerlegand was named SoCon baseball player of the week after batting .643 as the Bulldogs won three of five games. He was 9 of 14 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, eight runs scored and five RBIs.

Odie Delaney earned his second straight SoCon wrestler of the month award. The senior earned four pins while running his win streak to 14. He will try to become the first Citadel wrestler to win four SoCon titles at the league championships Saturday at VMI.

It was a clean sweep for the top-ranked College of Charleston coed and No. 7-ranked women’s sailing teams as the Cougars prevailed with considerable margins of victory in four weekend regattas.

The Cougars won the Graham Hall Team Race in Annapolis, Md., by going 20-2 to finish ahead of St. Mary’s (17-5).

At the Eckerd Intersectional in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Cougars racked up 173 points to finish 67 points ahead of Long Beach State.

In women’s competition, the host Cougars won the Charleston Women’s Intersectional by 20 points over second-place Yale (255 points) and third-place Georgetown (258 points) with 12 races off Crab Bank on Charleston Harbor on Saturday and six races on the Cooper River on Sunday.

The Cougars won their fourth North Points event with a five-point victory over Georgia Tech at the North Points No. 2 regatta in Clemson.

The Cougars have another four-regatta weekend with the John Jackson Team Race, St. Mary’s Team Race, North Points No. 3 and Navy Spring Women’s regatta.

South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Ryan Zapolski was named ECHL goaltender of the month for February. Zapolski, 26, also won the award in December and is the first goaltender since Jayme Platt in 2001-02 to capture two monthly awards in the same season. Zapolski went 5-1-1 with a 0.85 goals-against average and .971 save percentage in February.

The Citadel closed its outdoor season opener on Sunday in Wilmington, N.C., at the annual Battle of the Beaches competition. In her first collegiate outdoor meet, freshman Kristen Kessinger took the top spot in the 1,500 with a time of 5 minutes, 39.22 seconds.

The Bulldogs will co-host the Palmetto Classic with the College of Charleston on Friday at Park West Complex in Mount Pleasant.

Robert Jackson and Richard Hunton paced The Citadel rifle team with scores of 576 and 573, respectively, as the Bulldogs took second place in this weekend’s Southeastern Air Rifle Conference Championship match at Inouye Marksmanship Center.

The men’s team finished the season 32-18, while the women went 19-31. Thor Wright, Jackson and Hunton were honored at the SEARC banquet as the top ROTC Air Rifle shooters, while Jackson and Nathaniel Moy took the top two spots in ROTC small bore.

Charleston Southern moved its Saturday doubleheader start time with Siena at CSU Ballpark back an hour to noon.