Citadel baseball coach Fred Jordan suffered a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder during Thursday night's brawl with Elon, but will be in the dugout today when the Bulldogs resume play in the Southern Conference tournament.
"I won't need a sling," Jordan said Friday. "Just a lot of treatment, and we'll see how it responds."
Jordan said he addressed the fight with Elon, which occurred in the ninth inning of the Bulldogs' 6-3, 10-inning win on Thursday, at Friday's practice.
"I talked about the situation," he said. "We've got to move on and control ourselves a little bit better. (Saturday) is a big day for us, and that's what we've got to focus on.
"We've got great respect for Elon and (coach) Mike Kennedy and his staff. I felt that both coaching staffs did a tremendous job of minimizing the incident."
Jordan said he had no problems with the three-game suspensions of freshman catcher Ben Carr and senior pitcher Nick Sprowls. Carr has not played this season, and Sprowls has appeared in only three games.
"The two guys suspended from our ball club definitely violated NCAA rules," he said.
The melee overshadowed another fine performance from a Citadel starting pitcher. Matt Talley worked 8 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out six.
Combined with Asher Wojciechowski's work in a 9-5 win over Furman on Wednesday, that gives the Bulldogs 16 1/3 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts from starting pitchers in two games. The bullpen, in the form of relievers Raymond Copenhaver and Drew Mahaffey, has had to work only 2 2/3 innings in two games.
Freshman Michael Clevinger (5-2, 5.45 ERA) will take the mound in today's 1 p.m. game against Elon.
The Bulldogs (40-20) need one win today to advance to Sunday's championship.
This marks The Citadel's first 40-win season since the 1999 team went 41-20 while winning the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles.
Who is the home team?
Citadel and College of Charleston fans were probably confused when they saw their teams listed as the visitor during the second day of the tournament, despite finishing 1-2 during the regular season. But there is a method to the madness as to which team is the home team; it's the same method the NCAA uses during regional tournaments to ensure equity.
There are numerous tie-breakers, including which team has been the home team in a previous game and which team has been the home team the most times. And if the tournament cannot break the tie using various formulas, officials will toss a coin.
Appalachian State first baseman David Towarnicky was named a first-team Academic All-American earlier this week, as selected by college sports information directors and ESPN The Magazine. He was the only SoCon player picked.
Towarnicky has gone 1 for 4 in each of App State's SoCon tournament games. He batted .274 this season and is a career .303 hitter. Towarnicky has a perfect 4.0 GPA with a double major in banking and finance and risk insurance management and will graduate in December.
The SoCon tournament has drawn a total of 10,772 fans through the first nine games, topped by crowds of 3,093 for The Citadel's game with Elon on Thursday, 2,835 for The Citadel's win over Furman on Wednesday and 1,053 for College of Charleston's opening game with Appalachian State on Wednesday. The Cougars drew 769 for Friday's rematch with Appalachian State.