Bucs Back to Big South Ball, Follow the Action OnlineApril 17, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
Big South Conference actions resume for the CSU baseball team with Winthrop visiting Buccaneer Field for this weekend. The teams will begin the series with a 2 p.m. contest on Friday before playing a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday to wrap it up. Winthrop (15-21, 5-4 Big South) has won 14 consecutive meetings with CSU (13-23, 2-7) over the last five years.
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Winthrop holds a 41-18 advantage in the all-time series with CSU. The Eagles have swept the Bucs in each of the last four season, and has won 14 consecutive games in the series. CSU last earned a win on March 21, 2003.
Scouting the Eagles
Winthrop enters this weekend’s series after falling to Wake Forest 10-8 in a game with six home runs between the two teams. In their most recent conference series, the Eagles took two out of three games from High Point to improve their league record to 5-4.
Kevin Nolan has been Winthrop’s top hitter this season, compiling a team-best .359 batting average. He is second the team with 22 runs batted in and leads the squad with 13 doubles, which ranks among the conference leaders. Billy Froehlich and Eddie Rohan are tied for the team with five home runs each.
A pair of seniors and a freshman are projected to start the three games on the mound for the Eagles. Senior righty Ryan Schwartz (3-4) enters the weekend with a 4.68 earned run average and third on the team with 28 strikeouts. Projected to start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, freshman lefty Hamilton Bennett (0-7) is the team’s strikeout leader, fanning 44 on the season. Senior lefty Ryan Mullins will bring his undefeated record to the mound in game two.
Last Time Out
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Under an unusual set of circumstances, the CSU baseball team lost a pair of games to the College of Charleston on Wednesday. Resuming the April 1 game that was suspended due to lightning, the Cougars thwarted a Buccaneer rally to hold on for a 5-2 victory in the first action of the day. Charleston then defeated CSU 4-2 in the regularly-scheduled game. Freshman Steve Antolik led the Bucs with three hits and a run batted in, but the home team left 10 runners on base in game two.
Senior Payton Tweddale has already cemented his place in CSU baseball history, recording five saves (tied for first in the Big South Conference) this season to push his program-record career total to 18. But the lefty is approaching another milestone as he continues to take the mound for the Bucs. In his four season, Tweddale has made 94 appearance, inching closer to the program record of 100 set by Nino Fasulo from 2002-05. His 1.75 ERA this year is also tied for second in the league.
Making His Mark
Buccaneer leadoff hitter Mark Perry be been CSU’s most consistent hitter this season. The junior has reached base in all but five contests, having playing in all 36 games this season with 35 starts. He leads the team in batting average (.357), runs scored (31), hits (50), walks (22) and on-base percentage (.442) this season.
On The List
Junior catch Jake Cox has been named to the 2008 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award Watch List, given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher. On the season, Cox has an on-base percentage of .367 thanks in large part to 18 drawn walks, which is tied for second on the squad. He has thrown out 12 of 35 runners trying to steal bases on him this season, thwarting over 34 percent of the attempts, which ranks among the conference leaders.
On The Horizon
CSU will take the rest of April off, giving the student-athletes time to focus on their finals. The Bucs will return to action on May 1 when Savannah State visits Buccaneer Field.