Ex-USC, Clemson stars at The Joe

The Charleston RiverDogs announced that former Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd and linebacker Quandon Christian, as well as former South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver and point guard Bruce Ellington, will be in attendance for RiverDogs baseball this weekend at Riley Park.

On Saturday both Boyd and Christian are scheduled to appear at The Joe, and on Sunday it's Ellington's turn.

Boyd and Christian will mingle with fans and pose for pictures adjacent to the Riley Park press box inside the stadium at the top of the seating bowl on the third base side on Doby's Deck from 5-5:45 p.m.

On Sunday, Ellington will do the same from 4-4:45 p.m. Boyd, Christian, and Ellington will not sign autographs during this time.

There will be a 90-minute private meet and greet that starts at the time of the first pitch on both Saturday and Sunday in a private location in the ballpark. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available for the meet and greet for $40 each. The meet and greet will include a ticket to the RiverDogs game that night, plus the opportunity for VIP ticketholders to obtain an autograph from the players on one item. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Fans must purchase tickets for the meet and greet over the phone by calling Michael DeAntonio in the RiverDogs front office at (843) 723-7241, or in person at the Riley Park box office. Meet and greet tickets are not available online.

Luis Severino recorded the first quality start of his professional career for Charleston, but Sebastian Vader's seven-plus innings and late offense gave Delmarva the victory Friday night in front of 4,489 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League action.

Delmarva (13-14) grabbed the game's first lead at 1-0 in the second inning. Trey Mancini's leadoff single opened the frame before Severino picked up a strikeout and a fly out. Alex Murphy extended the inning with a single before Mancini scored on a single from Josh Hart.

The RiverDogs (13-14) came from behind to take a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the third. Jose Rosario and Gosuke Katoh got into scoring position after a single and a double, respectively. Eduardo de Oleo tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Abiatal Avelino pushed in the go-ahead run on a groundout.

Prior to Friday's contest between Charleston and Delmarva, The Citadel opened a three-game series against Wofford and defeated the Terriers, 8-1. The RiverDogs and many fans wore red for ISHPI Red Shirt Friday, which ended with a fireworks display over the Ashley River following the game.

Game two of this four-game series is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Saturday. LHP Ian Clarkin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to make his RiverDogs debut against Shorebirds RHP Luc Rennie (0-2, 9.16 ERA).