Bucs Welcome Blue Hose to Buccaneer Ballpark, Game NotesApril 16, 2009
By CSU Sports InformationThe Game
CSU returns home for a three game sereis against conference rival Presbyterian College April 17-18. The Blue Hose and Bucs have only meet a few prvious times, with CSU leading the series 3-2. The Blue Hose are new Big South Conference members this season, but faced the Bucs last season where they were handed a three game sweep at the hands of CSU. CSU assistant coach Charles Assey has special ties to the Blue Hose as he played his collegiate baseball career at Presbyterian College, and also served as an assistant coach for the team. This will be Assey's first meeting with is Alma Mater as an opponent.
Complete Games Notes
Live Stats will not be available for the series with the Blue Hose due to technical difficulties.
The Blue Hose enter the game off a non-conference event against Furman, dropping 16-6. The Blue Hose are are batting .289 as a team lead by Dane Fehr who is averaging .375 from the plate in 13 appearances. Jared Combs however, has seen the most time at the plate and leads the team in hits with 44, while Cory Lyda leads with eight home runs on the season.
The Bucs are also coming off a non-conference game against A-Sun member Campbell University dropping 9-7. Thornburg hit his seventh homer of the season and lead the team at the plate going 3 for 5 on the evening. The Bucs are batting .301 as a team and are continuing to b e lead from the plate by first baseman Nick Chinners, batting .361. The Buc roster has six batting .300 or better coming into the series with PC.
Markham, McCready and Cadenhead are slated openers for the Bucs. Markham leads the way for the lineup with 5.21 era in 46.2 innings pitched on eight appearances. Batters are hitting .314 against Markham. Pitchers for the Blue Hose have not been announced.
Slugging it out
In two games at High Point, the Bucs pounded out 28 runs on 37 hits, splitting the double header with the Panthers. CSU had a combined five doubles, one triple and five home runs over the two-game stretch, including three homers by Tyler Thornburg. With a 21-4 victory in game one, it was the sixth time this season CSU has scored at least 10 runs, and the first time since May 11, 2002 that they have scored at least 20 runs. Thornburg set a new CSU record with eight RBI in the contest, while tying the school mark with five runs scored.
Senior Kory Morian holds the longest hitting streak of the season for the Bucs, at 13 games with at least one hit. The leading active streak is three games by Morian and Tyler Thornburg.
Lead-off batter, Scotty Radabaugh leads the team for most hits in a single game, with five against the Air Force Academy in their Feb. 28 game. Four other Bucs have four hits in a game including Radabaugh who started it with four hits against C of C. Thornburg and Morian joined the rank in their March 17 game at Auburn with four apiece, while Dolan did the same on March 22 at Gardner-Webb. Chinners’ cycle performace on March 27 also put him in the ranks with four hits in a single game.
In the Bucs’ March 17 game against Auburn, Patrick Dolan, Scotty Radabaugh, and Tyler Thornburg all tied the program record for at-bats in a single game with seven each. That feat has now been accomplished five times this season after Dolan and Burkett did it against High Point.
Thornburg's homer on April 15 at Campbell University was his seventh of the season to take the team lead in the category and marked the third game in a row that Thornburg dropped one out of the park.
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The Bucs’ game with the Blue Hose will NOT have Live Stats availabale due to technical problems. Stay tuned to CSUSports.com for news and results following the games.