Season's home stretch begins with five-game road swing; Bucs open busy week at Furman on Wed. at 6 p.m.

Season's home stretch begins with five-game road swing; Bucs open busy week at Furman on Wed. at 6 p.m.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Following a week off for exams, Charleston Southern begins the home stretch of the 2015 regular season on Wednesday night with a midweek game at Furman. First pitch is at 6 p.m. at Latham Stadium in Greenville, S.C.

The Buccaneers begin a tough, five-game road swing with a weekend series at Radford in Big South play and a Tuesday game next week at College of Charleston. Friday night's series opener at Radford will be carried on ESPN3.

CSU is trying to put together back-to-back winnings season for the first time since the 1980's, when the program rarely played D1s in non-conference play. The Bucs were 30-26 last season.

PROBABLE STARTERS: CSU RHP Dylan Lee (1-2, 6.14 ERA) will take the ball on Wednesday against the Paladins. Lee's last three midweek starts have been very productive for the Bucs, but have not resulted in wins. He held Savannah State and North Carolina Central to two runs in seven innings or more and held The Citadel to three runs in seven innings two weeks ago. He has a 2.86 ERA in his last three midweek starts, but is only 1-1. LHP Ryan Morse (2-4, 8.80 ERA) will get the start for the Paladins. He worked the final inning of the Bucs win over Furman on April 22.

LAST TIME THEY MET: CSU 16, Furman 11 (April 22, 2015) CSU's Chase Shelton was 4-for-4 to become CSU's all-time hits leader and the Buccaneers piled up 19 hits to top Furman, 16-11, in the first meeting between the two team two weeks ago. CSU scored a season-high 16 runs in the win and Shelton passed Nick Chinners with his 256th career hit in the win. Jon Piriz (W, 1-0) came on and pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for his first win of the season. He gave up one hit and struck out four. Six Bucs had multi-hit games.  

BIG, BIG SOUTH SERIES: CSU travels to Radford for a series with the first-place Highlanders this weekend. The Bucs(9-9 Big South) enter the weekend at sixth in the Big South standings, but trail Winthrop and High Point (both 10-8) by a game. CSU needs one win to clinch a berth in the Big South Championship with six conference games remaining, but with a strong finish, could end the regular season as high as fourth,   Radford is in a three-way tie for first with Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The Bucs won 2-for-3 the last time they visited Radford in 2013.

RED-HOT BLANCHARD: Sophomore Nate Blanchard has put together a 14-game hitting streak and is is batting almost .600 over his last five games (11-for-19). His streak is now almost a month long, dating back to April 8. He is batting .439 (25-for-57) over the course of the streak with a .468 on-base percentage and is second to Chase Shelton with 10 runs over the same stretch. Shelton has a .418 average in his last 14 games.

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