Bucs Travel to Meet Volunteers, Game NotesApril 1, 2009
By CSU Sports InformationThe Game
The Bucs travel to Knoxville to meet the Volunteers of Tennessee for a 6:30 pm game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on the UT campus. The Vols and Bucs have meet two previous times, the most recent being a regional playoff game in 1996. This will be the first time for the Bucs to travel to Knoxville for a game.
The Vols are coming off a four game skid, with their lastest game lost at ETSU by a final of 9-3. The Vols are 11-16 on the season and 1-8 in SEC play.
The Vols are batting .290 as a team with catcher Blake Forsythe leading the way from the plate with a .398 average, atarting all 27 games of the season. Forsythe also leads with 23 runs, 81 total bases, and is one of two Vols to drop 11 homers on the season.
Complete Game Notes
The Bucs are entering the game off a loss to College of Charleston after having taken the series against VMI two games to one. The Bucs are batting .308 as a team with freshman Patrick Dolan leading the way with a .394 average. The Bucs have tallied a total of 29 homers for the season, with three coming in their latest game to the College. Dolan’s two run shot agianst the College put him in the leader spot with six homers on the season.
The Bucs have five players batting over .300, with the Vols bringing four to the plate with the same stats. A starting pitcher for the Vols has not been announced, but the Bucs have announced the probable starter, left hander TJ Green will take the mound against the Vols to open. Green is throwing a 6.50 era in six appearances. Green has started three games so far this season.
Bucs Put an End to VMI Series Rally
The Bucs 9-5 victory over VMI on March 27 put an end to a 7-game winning streak the Keydets held over the Bucs dating back to 2006. The Bucs took the VMI series 2-1, also putting an end to a two series sweep the Keydets held over the Bucs.
Bucs Show Up Big Against VMI
R-So. Nick Chinners hit for the cycle in the March 27 game against VMI. It is the first time in his career to do so, and the first time in recent history for the Buccaneer program.
Senior Keith Hustedt tallied his first home run of the season and his third of his CSU career, with a walk-off grandslam against the Keydets in the same March 27 game, on a 2-2 count with 2 outs, to push the Bucs to a 9-5 victory over the Keydets for the first time in seven games.
New Bests for the Buccaneers
The Bucs’ game against VMI on March 29 marked many firsts for the Bucs this season:
Jesse Cadenehad pitched the first full game of his career and for the Buc pitching staff this season. He tallied the win to go with it.
The Bucs’ March 29 game 2, win over VMI, their 7th conference victory of the season, pushed them past their conference wins of last season (6-15), tied the 2007 campaign (7-15), and is only one shy of 2006 (8-16).
The Bucs’ 7-4 conference start is the best since 2002 when they started 8-4.