Bucs open three-game series with Butler on Friday at Joe Riley Park

Bucs open three-game series with Butler on Friday at Joe Riley Park

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns to action on Friday with a three-game series at Joe Riley Park against Butler. Game times have been shifted again from their original slot to 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and a 10 a.m. start on Sunday.

Both of the Bucs' midweek games were washed out by heavy rain and high winds in-and-out of the Charleston area, so CSU (1-2) is seeing its first action since Sunday.

CSU ace Evan Raynor (1-0) held West Virginia to a solo home run over six innings and Chris Singleton had three RBIs to push CSU past the Mountaineers in its season opener, 4-3. WVU would go on to win the final two games of the series.

Raynor wasn't the only Buc starter who turned in a quality start. Jon Piriz took the loss on Sunday, but held WVU to six hits and an earned run in 5.1 innings on Sunday, striking out three. Both Evan Nations and Alex Ministeri gave the Bucs lengthy, scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.

Probable Pitching Matchups (CSU vs. Butler)

Joe Riley Park – Charleston, S.C.

Friday, 11 a.m. – RHP Evan Raynor (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. LHP Jeff Schank (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

Saturday, 11 a.m. - LHP Daniel Johnson (0-1, 7.94 ERA) vs. RHP Danny Pobereyko (0-1, 11.25 ERA)

Sunday, 10 a.m. – RHP Jon Piriz (0-1, 1.69 ERA) vs. LHP Nick Morton (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

BEEN AWHILE: CSU leads the limited series with Butler, 1-0. CSU and Butler meet for the second time this weekend as the Bulldogs make the 725-mile trip to Charleston, S.C. The two teams have not met since 1995, when CSU won a 12-9 affair.    

A LOOK AT BUTLER: This weekend, the Bucs get a Butler team that was swept in a four-game series at Samford last weekend. The Bulldogs bounced back from a couple of one-sided losses to open the weekend (13-1 and 14-1) to push Samford in a 4-3 loss. Butler batted just .194 for the weekend, while Samford hit nine home runs and hit .422 as a team.

The Bulldogs were 23-30 last season and 8-10 in the Big East.

SEC UP NEXT: CSU travels to Athens, Ga. on Tuesday for a two-game stint against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Bucs will play 5 of their next 10 games against SEC school, culminating with three games at South Carolina, March 11-13.

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