Bucs to Meet Cross-Town Rival CougarsApril 11, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The CSU baseball team will meet cross-town rival the College of Charleston for a home-and-home series this week, starting on Tuesday when the Bucs welcome the Cougars to CSU Ballpark in a 3 p.m. match up sponsored by Jersey Mike's. The Cougars will return the favor on Wednesday, hosting CSU at Patriots Point at 6 p.m.
Bucs & Cougars
Cross-town rivals Charleston Southern and the College of Charleston will face each other for the 52nd and 53rd times in their respective program histories. The Cougar hold the series lead at 43-13 and took both meetings last season.
Third Time’s a Charm
The Buccaneers were able to bounce back from an 11-0 win to down the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb twice, winning the Big South series two games to one. This marks CSU’s third BSC series win, as the Bucs have previously swept Radford 3-0 and defeated UNC Asheville two games to one.
Dolan’s Stellar Outing
Junior Patrick Dolan had one of his most dominant performances on the mound vs. Gardner-Webb, leading the Bucs to a 5-2 win over the running Bulldogs. The right handed pitcher struck out nine batters in 7.0 innings, giving up just four hits and two earned runs for the win. He set new career highs in both innings pitched and strikeouts.
Keeps Getting Better
The Buccaneers have shown marked improvement in each of Coach Lake’s two prior seasons at the helm, and his third season is proving to be no different. With 20 regular season games remaining, CSU has already surpassed its win total from last season by winning their 18th and 19th games at Gardner-Webb this past weekend. The Bucs have also surpassed their 2010 BSC wins total, winning their seventh BSC game of the season on Sunday at GWU.
Nonconference Match Up
CSU will take a break from Big South play on Tuesday and Wednesday when they play a home-and-home series with the Cougars. The Bucs are 12-11 in nonconference play this season. They are an impressive 14-6 at home and are 4-9 on the road.
Bucs Are a Hit
The Bucs rank 26th in NCAA Division I in hits due to a plethora of strong hitters on the roster. Four CSU players boast ten or more multiple hit games with Brantley Meier leading the pack. Meier has 13 multiple hit games this season, including five with at least three hits. Jaren Sustar has ten two-hit games for a total of 13 MH games. Seniors Nick Chinners and Tom Burkett have 11 and 10 multiple hits games, respectively.
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