CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern baseball team is receiving votes in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I poll, as well as the USA Today poll, announced by both organizations early this week.
The Buccaneers are 8-2 following the first three weekends of the 2017 season, equaling the start recorded by the 2014 team that set a CSU school record for wins against Division I opponents. The 2014 team posted a 30-26 record overall and were paced by key performers on the mound and the plate in the season.
The 2017 squad also features several key performers led by junior closer Cody Smith's late-game efforts. Smith (1-0) leads the Big South Conference and currently sits fourth overall in the NCAA with four saves on the season. Smith boasts a 0.00 ERA and an impressive 16.2 K/9 inning ratio through 6.2 innings on the mound.
CSU junior outfielder Chris Singleton is 29th overall in the NCAA and second in the Big South in stolen bases with six on the season. He recorded a career-high three stolen bases in CSU's 11-9 win over Virginia Commonwealth and added a pair of steals this past Saturday in the Bucs' 8-7 win over Hofstra.
Charleston Southern bounced back from series-opening losses against Delaware State and Virginia Commonwealth to take the series against both the Hornets and the Rams at the CSU Ballpark. CSU has won its past six games including a midweek win against USC Upstate and a series sweep over Hofstra.
No. 1 TCU topped the NCBWA and the USA Today polls, followed by No. 2 Florida, and No. 3 Florida State.
Charleston Southern makes its first road trip of the 2017 season this week as the Buccaneers travel to Miami, Fla. to take on Florida International in a three-game set starting on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the FIU Baseball Stadium. Friday's contest is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's finale is set for 1 p.m.