Citadel baseball coach Fred Jordan has some options as he ponders the starting pitcher for today's Southern Conference tournament championship game.
One of those options, apparently, is junior Asher Wojciechowski, the SoCon pitcher of the year.
Wojo worked eight innings and threw 117 pitches in the Bulldogs' tournament opener, a 9-5 win over Furman on Wednesday.
"He wants the ball, obviously," Jordan said after The Citadel's 6-5, 10-inning win over Elon on Saturday. "But we'll have to decide … Wojo is a special player, and he and I will sit down and discuss how he feels. He looked pretty good today with a light throw in the pen."
The 6-4, 235-pound Wojciechowski has been the Bulldogs' Friday night starter this season, working with a full week's rest. Aside from the condition of his arm, other factors to consider could be the Bulldogs' opponent -- Western Carolina -- and Wojo's status as a possible first-round pick in the major league draft.
Also, at 41-20, the Bulldogs have surely locked up an at-large bid to the NCAA regionals, lessening the pressure on today's title game.
Jordan could also turn to mid-week starters Austin Pritcher (3-3, 6.18 ERA) or T.J. Clarkson (1-4, 6.48 ERA). Pritcher, a freshman from James Island High School, allowed just three runs and five hits in six innings of a 6-3 win at College of Charleston on May 9.
Jordan also has a fairly rested bullpen at his disposal. Relievers Raymond Copenhaver, Matt Reifsnider and Drew Mahaffey worked 4 1/3 innings of Saturday's win over Elon after the pen pitched just 2 2/3 innings in the first two games.
"I think we were a little too rested," Jordan said. "We hit three guys and walked two, and three of those guys scored. I hope with Cope and Reif and Mahaffey throwing a little bit, they will be available (today) and maybe a little bit sharper."
The crowd of 4,033 for Saturday's Elon-Citadel game was the 10th-largest single-game crowd in SoCon tournament history. The largest was 5,419 for a Citadel-College of Charleston game at Riley Park in 2003. The 11 largest crowds in tournament history have all involved The Citadel.
The Citadel's 6-3, 10-inning win over Elon on Saturday was the fourth extra-inning game of the tournament, the most in SoCon history. There were three extra-inning games in each of the 1997, 2000 and 2008 tournaments.
The Bulldogs' rally against Elon matched the biggest comeback in the ninth inning or later in tournament history. The Citadel came from three runs back in the ninth and won it in the 10th, matching comebacks by Furman against Western Carolina in 1991 and Furman against Georgia Southern in 1998.