CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern welcomes Hofstra for a three-game set at the Ballpark this weekend. The Bucs host the Pride in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with first pitch of game one set for 1 p.m. Sunday's series finale is slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch.
Live Stats for the weekend series will be available at CSUSports.com, while in-game updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUGameDay. All three games this weekend will be streamed live on the Big South Network.
Probable Pitching Matchups – Charleston Southern vs. Hofstra
Saturday: RHP Nik Constantakos (1-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. LHP John Rooney (1-1, 4.22 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Cody Maw (0-0, 3.52 ERA) vs. RHP Jorge Marrero (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Kyle Dyson (0-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. LHP Teddy Cillis (0-1, 2.00 ERA)
- Charleston Southern is 5-2 after the first two weekends of play at home as the Buccaneers took their midweek matchup on Wednesday night in the Ballpark against visiting USC Upstate, 4-3.
- The Hofstra series ends CSU's first home stand of the 2017 season. The Bucs opened the year with 10 straight home games at the Ballpark before their first road contest next weekend at Florida International. Overall, CSU will host 19 more games at the Ballpark with home series against Liberty, Gardner-Webb, Radford, Presbyterian and Air Force still to come.
- Hofstra will be the first CAA member not named College of Charleston that the Bucs have faced off against since the 2013 season. The Bucs split with UNCW during the season with both teams winning at home.
- This weekend marks just the second time the programs have met with the Bucs proving victorious against the Pride back in the 2006 season.
- LHP Cody Maw is slated to record his first start of the 2017 season in Saturday's nightcap. He joins Nik Constantakos and Kyle Dyson in the weekend rotation for the Bucs against Hofstra.
- CSU is 0-2 on Friday nights at the Ballpark in the 2017 season. CSU is 5-0 on all other dates this season. The Bucs host Hofstra with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
- Saturday's doubleheader will be streamed live on the Big South Network, free of charge for all fans. It will be CSU's first appearance on the Network in the 2017 season.
- Live Stats for the weekend series will be available at CSUSports.com, while in-game updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUGameDay
About the Pride
Hofstra was picked ninth overall in the Colonial Athletic Association baseball preseason poll announced ahead of the season. The Pride received 10 points overall and are coming off of a season that included a 15-37 season including a 5-18 mark in conference play. Hofstra third baseman David Leiderman was recognized on the preseason All-CAA honorable mention team after a season in which he paced the Pride in hits and triples while ranking second in doubles, home runs, and RBI. The Pride returns six starters in the field, but the pitching staff returns just four hurlers who logged significant innings.
Buccaneers against Hofstra
Charleston Southern as a program has a lifetime 1-0 record against Hofstra with the Buccaneers winning the lone match-up against the Pride back on February 25, 2006. The Bucs utilized a ninth-inning three-run rally against the Pride to come from behind and take the 5-4 victory at the CSU Ballpark. Wes Brundridge was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded allowing Hunter Ruoss to score to seal the CSU comeback attempt.
Last Out for Hofstra
Hofstra took two of three at The Mardi Gras Invitational: Beads and Baseball on the Bayou with the Pride recording wins over Nicholls State (W, 10-3) and Southern (W, 4-2). Hofstra fell in the weekend finale against Grambling State (L, 8-7). For his performance on the weekend, freshman outfielder Sean Rausch was named the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week after batting .455 (5-for-11) with two runs scored and two RBI's as Hofstra split four games last week. The freshman recorded multiple hits in two of his three starts, going 3-4 with a double and a RBI in a win over Nicholls State and 2-4 with an RBI against Grambling State.
Gragilla powers Bucs to midweek win over USC Upstate
Brandon Gragilla came through with a pair of timely hits, including his first home run of the season, as Charleston Southern topped visiting USC Upstate on Wednesday night at the Ballpark, 4-3.Gragilla launched a two-out, 2-1 pitch over the centerfield fence to narrow the Bucs' deficit down to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. The senior designated hitter followed with the game-tying RBI single in his next at-bat in the bottom of the seventh sparking the go-ahead rally in the frame. Michael Sconzo followed Gragilla's single with a sacrifice fly driving home Jason Miller to put CSU (5-2) ahead for good. Wil Hartsell (1-2) and Cody Smith (S, 3) recorded perfect eighth and ninth frames to close out the Buccaneer victory.
Bucs against the Colonial Athletic Association
Charleston Southern posted a 0-2 record against the CAA over the past two seasons with the Buccaneers falling in both matchups against the College of Charleston. The last time CSU faced an opponent from the CAA that was not the Cougars came in the 2013 season when the Buccaneers split against UNC Wilmington, winning against UNCW at home, 7-6, while falling on the road, 10-3.