Game Notes Now Available for Big South TournamentMay 25, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
LEXINGTON, Va. – Complete game notes are now available for Wednesday’s match up between the No. 3 Charleston Southern Buccaneers and the No. 4 Winthrop Eagles in the 2011 Royal Purple Big South Championship Presented by Triangle Rent-A-Car. The Bucs and the Eagles will meet at 7 p.m. at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va.
Check back with www.CSUSports.com for the announcement of the 2011 Big South All-Conference teams at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Bucs & Eagles
The Buccaneers will face in state rival Winthrop for the 70th time in program history as part of the 2011 Big South Championship. The Eagles have the series lead at 47-22, but it was the Buccaneers who claimed the 2011 regular season series two games to one. Though the Eagles struck first with a 3-2 win in extra innings on April 22nd, the Buccaneers bounced back to win both games of April 23rd’s doubleheader. Walt Quattlebaum and Matt Still led the Bucs to a 7-6 win in the first game before Jesse Cadenhead struck out nine batters to give CSU its second win of the day by a score of 7-3. The two teams last met in postseason play in 2002 when the Bucs finished in third place of the BSC. The Eagles defeated the Bucs 4-1 in that meeting.
Lucky Number Three
The Bucs, who return to postseason play after missing the tournament in 2010, are in the midst of one of the best seasons in recent program history. CSU claims its highest Big South finish since 2002, when the team also finished third with a 12-9 BSC record under then-head coach Gary Murphy. It is also the Buccaneers’ first 28-win season since 2000, when Murphy piloted CSU to a 31-31-1 overall record and a second-place Big South finish (14-7).
Bucs Upset No. 26 Coastal Carolina
The Buccaneers pulled one of their biggest upsets of the season on May 20, defeating nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina by a score of 4-3. Not only is it CSU’s first win over a ranked team this season, the victory marks the first time since 2006 the Bucs have downed the Big South’s top-ranked Chanticleers. A solid, seven strikeout outing by Jesse Cadenhead, as well as two runs from Brantley Meier propelled the Bucs to the win.
Jack of All Trades
Redshirt junior Walt Quattlebaum is one of CSU’s most versatile players, a fact that was apparent in the Bucs’ series at Coastal Carolina. Quattlebaum started the series off playing first base in place of Nick Chinners. He got the start at second base in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Chanticleers before moving shortstop for Sunday’s match up. Though he has not seen action on the mound this season, Quattlebaum is also listed as a right-handed pitcher for the Bucs.
Bring ‘Em Home
Senior designated hitter Derek Smith has led the Bucs in RBI for most of the season, so it’s no surprise that his bat played a large part in Saturday’s win over Coastal Carolina. Despite just having one hit, Smith was took credit for driving home three of CSU’s four runs, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning. After CCU misplayed a foul ball, Smith got another chance at the play and grounded out, allowing Brantley Meier the chance to score the game winning run.
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