One thing is for sure when The Citadel takes the field on Sunday to play Elon for the Southern Conference title game.
The Bulldogs will start a pitcher named Austin. Whether it is senior ace Austin Pritcher or freshman Austin Livingston remains to be seen.
Pritcher, the SoCon pitcher of the year, threw 117 pitches in Wednesday’s 6-5 win over App State. That would give him three days’ rest to come back today, something which has certainly been done before.
Livingston (4-2, 5.09 ERA) started eight games this season and has not pitched in the tournament. His last start was against No. 1 North Carolina on May 1, when he allowed six hits and two runs in 2.2 innings. His best start was against Charleston Southern, when he went and allowed two runs on five hits.
“I don’t know,” Jordan said when asked if Pritcher would pitch. “He’s available, but whether we use him, I don’t know. He’s got a career ahead of him. We’ll sit down as a staff and figure that out. Livingston is the logical choice, but Pritcher is available. We could piggyback the rest of the staff like we do in mid-week games.”
During the season, Elon won 2 of 3 from the Dogs, winning 8-5 and 8-6 and losing 14-7. In the 8-5 game, Pritcher allowed just 2 runs over 7 innings and left with a 5-2 lead. But the Dogs’ bullpen gave up six runs in the eighth for the loss.
The bet here is that both Livingston and Pritcher will pitch in an effort to get the game to the seventh for the familiar trio of Zach Sherrill, David Rivera and Skylar Hunter.