Thursday, April 27, 2006

Citadel beats C of C in "Turn back the Century Game"

Citadel defeated College of Charleston 4-1 Tuesday night in the first annual "Turn Back The Century Game" presented by Trademark Properties. Both teams wore early 1900's uniforms and used wooden bats instead of the normal aluminum. The umpires also turned back the clock wearing suspenders and a straw hat to go with an old style chest protector. Though both teams are in the Southern Conference this game doesn't count towards league standings.

The Bushido (C of C) and I went to see this historic game tuesday.

The game started off slow with the pitchers taking control while the hitters were trying to adjust to swinging wooden bats. The game was tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the eighth and looking like there was going to be free baseball. But Citadel rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the inning which was started by Chris Swaugers' triple to right center. Citadel closer Link Saunders earned his 12th save with a perfect ninth.

Citadel improved to 21-20, C of C fell to 33-10.


Attendance was an estimated 3,828. The game was promoted by the Charleston Riverdogs as one of their famed "Fun is good" approach. This is the first time in the lowcountry's history that a minor league club has hosted such an event. One player swung from Citadel swung and shattered his bat which led to a big gasp by fans in the bleachers as it's not every day to see that at a college baseball game. I hope this game truely becomes and annual event. It's alot of fun to see the players in throwback uniforms swinging with wooden bats.


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