Bucs Return to the Field at Georgia SouthernMay 2, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – After a week-long hiatus for final exams, the CSU baseball team will return to the field and look for their third consecutive win when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., for a match up with the Eagles of Georgia Southern on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Clements Stadium.
Bucs & Eagles
Charleston Southern and Georgia Southern will meet for the 43rd time in program history when the two face off on May 3, 2011 in Statesboro. The contest kicks off a home-and-home series, with the Eagles hosting the Bucs at Clements Stadium on Wednesday before the Bucs return the favor May 17 in what will be CSU’s final home game of the season at CSU Ballpark. The Eagles took both of last season’s meetings and lead the series at 4-38.
CSU and the SoCon
Georgia Southern is a member of the Southern Conference, a league in which the Bucs are very familiar with as cross-town rivals The Citadel and the College of Charleston are also members. GSU is the fourth SoCon team they Bucs will face as they have played four games against their cross-town rivals as well as two more vs. Furman. CSU is 3-3 against the SoCon in 2011. They defeated Furman twice (14-4, 5-3) and also earned a 4-3 win over the Cougars at Patriots Point. The Bucs have played 294 games vs. the SoCon and are 104-190 overall.
Brase Goes the Distance
RHP Stew Brase threw a complete game on Friday vs. the Winthrop Eagles, though the Bucs came up a run short. His 9.2 innings pitched against the Eagles makes Brase the only Big South pitcher this season to throw a complete game that lasted more than 9 innings. It is also Brase’s second complete game this season, as he previously threw 8.0 innings in a loss to Liberty. BSC pitchers have thrown 20 complete games this season, with Liberty’s Keegan Linza leading the way with four.
Chinners Closing in on History
After entering the school record books with his 41s career double, Nick Chinners continues to make CSU program history. Earlier this season, he moved into a tie for fourth place in doubles, and after the Winthrop series, he is one hit from tying the school record for career hits with 243. Chinners is currently tied for second in that category. He is also 9 games shy of tying for third place on the school’s all-time games played list.
Senior outfielder Tom Burkett tied the school record for stolen bases in a game, stealing four bases on April 22 at Winthrop. After singling to left field in the first inning, Burkett stole both second and third. He then repeated the process in the seventh inning. Prior to last week’s game vs. the Eagles, Burkett’s career high for stolen bases in a game was two.
- Stew Brase had a career high five assist on April 22 vs. Winthrop
- Walt Quattlebaum had a career high 14 put outs when playing first base on April 22 at Winthrop.
- Cody Austin had a career high six assists on April 22 vs. the Eagles.
Double or Nothing
Senior outfielder Matt Still had a season high two doubles vs. Winthrop on April 23, adding to his team leading total of 11 on the season. Alex Tomasovich is close behind with nine doubles on the season, while Jaren Sustar has eight. Walt Quattlbaum and Tom Burkett are each tied for fourth on the team with seven.
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