Saturday, March 01, 2008

Citadel upsets Louisville in the "Charleston 9" Memorial

It was supposed to be a nice warm and relaxing home coming for ex-Citadel players Dan McDonald and Chris Lemonis. But someone forgot to tell The Citadel that Louisville played in last years College World Series. In what I can only imagine was a thrilling 1-0 game, Citadel beat Louisville on a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom half of the 10 inning.

Dan McDonald is the HC of the Louisville Cardinals and Chris Lemonis is his assistant. Both were integral parts of Citadel Baseball having played under legendary Coach Chal Port. They have both been with The Cardinals for two years.

Citadel is hosting a tournament this weekend to support the 'Charleston 9' Fund for the fallen firefighters that lost their lives in the Sofa Super Store fire last June. Before today's game they unveiled a tribute the men who parished that day on the outfield wall.

Louisville came into the game ranked #23 in the Nation. So the win over the Cardinals marks the third consecutive year that The Citadel has beaten a ranked opponent as a tournament host. In 2006 Citadel beat #3 Nebraska 8-5 and last year they topped #1 South Carolina 7-6.

Citadel is 2-0 in this tournament with todays win and after beating NC A&T 2-1 on Friday. They conclude the tournament on Sunday when they face off against NC State at 2pm.


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