Bucs at Clemson, host CofC in midweek baseball action

Bucs at Clemson, host CofC in midweek baseball action

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues non-conference play this week with a road trip to Clemson on Tuesday night, while hosting College of Charleston at the CSU Ballpark on Wednesday night. First pitch on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Field is set for 6:30 p.m., while Wednesday's home game against the Cougars is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch.

Tuesday's game will be streamed live via the internet with the Bucs-Tigers contest being carried on the ACC Network Extra on WatchESPN. Links for live stats for both contests are available on the CSU baseball schedule page on CSUSports.com.

Projected Starters
Tuesday: LHP Cody Maw (2-2, 4.42 ERA) vs. RHP Tyler Jackson (5-1, 3.38 ERA)
Wednesday: RHP Corey Ireson (0-0, 2.08 ERA) vs. RHP Max McKinley (0-3, 9.88 ERA)

Leading Off

  • Charleston Southern picked up its first Big South Conference series win this weekend taking two of the three games from UNC Asheville to improve to 5-7 in conference play and 16-14 overall on the year.
  • The Buccaneers face a tough stretch this weekend over the Easter holidays as CSU will be in action five consecutive days starting with a Tuesday night game at Clemson. CSU will host College of Charleston on Wednesday, before opening a three-game series against Gardner-Webb on Thursday-Saturday.
  • Aaron Miller's two-homer game was CSU's first multi-home run game of the season as the freshman first baseman connected twice in the Bucs' 19-3 win over the Bulldogs. Miller's two-run game was the Bucs' first since Brian Dye went deep twice on May 7, 2016 at Winthrop, and his eight RBI topped Dye's total of seven last season.
  • CSU's 19 runs scored against the Bulldogs on Saturday was the fourth-most all-time in program history and one more than last season's 18-1 win the Bucs recorded over The Citadel in a seven-inning contest. The 19 runs was the third-most CSU has scored in a conference game with the Bucs previously topping 20 twice against High Point (28, 2002; 21, 2009).
  • The Buccaneers' pitching staff continues to rack up the strikeouts in the 2017 season. This weekend made is six straight games the Bucs have reached double-digits in strikeouts and the Bucs have K'ed at least 10 batters in seven of their last eight contests.
  • Daniel Johnson struck out the side on Sunday afternoon against the Bulldogs, his second three-up, three-down strikeout inning of the season and CSU's seventh as a pitching staff on the year.

About the Tigers
Clemson enters the Tuesday night matchup ranked No. 4 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 poll, fourth in the NCBWA poll, fifth in the Baseball America Poll, and fifth in the USA Today Coaches' Poll at the time of this release. The Tigers are the second ranked team the Bucs have faced off with this season with CSU falling to South Carolina earlier in the year at Founders Park, 3-0. 

The Tigers enter the contest with a 28-5 record for the 2017 season and 13-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play with their lone losses in conference action coming at home against Virginia and at Georgia Tech. Clemson fell in the NCAA Regionals in the 2017 season.

Last Time Out for Clemson
Clemson enters the Tuesday night game on a five-game winning streak following wins over Georgia Tech and Georgia, and a conference sweep against Virginia Tech this past weekend. The Tigers have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone blemish coming on April 1 at Georgia Tech, 5-1.

Clemson against the Big South
Clemson has won their lone matchup to date against the Big South Conference. The Tigers topped Winthrop on March 29, 6-5, in 11 innings following a Reed Rohlman walk-off single. Tuesday's contest against the Bucs is Clemson's final contest against the Big South in 2017.

Who to Watch For
Rohlman leads the Tigers with a .346 batting average with a team-high 36 hits and nine doubles on the season. Seth Beer has provided the power at the plate for the Tigers with a team-high nine home runs and 27 RBI, while Chris Williams has driven in a team-high 32 RBI on the year. Logan Davidson leads Clemson with 34 runs scored and seven stolen bases.

About the Cougars
College of Charleston enters the Wednesday night contest with a 16-16 overall record on the season, but have been building their momentum over the past three weeks with a n 8-2 record after struggling at the start of the season. The Cougars are 7-2 in CAA play on the season and boast a 10-9 record at the Patriots Point Athletic Complex, and a 6-7 record on the road. Wednesday's game will be the first of two between the Bucs and the Cougars in the 2017 season with CSU making the return trip on May 16th.

Last Time Out for College of Charleston
CofC rallied back after falling in the first game of the three-game series this weekend at James Madison by taking the final two games to win the series over the Dukes. The Cougars fell in the opener, 6-5, in 12 innings, but rallied back on Saturday with the 8-4 win. Sunday's series finale saw CofC weather a JMU comeback attempt as the Cougars took the contest, 12-11.

CofC Against the Big South
Charleston Southern is CofC's lone Big South opponent in the 2017 season.

Who to Watch For
Luke Manzo leads the College's offensive efforts on the season with a .368 batting average and a team-high 46 hits and four stolen bases. Logan McRae has been the Cougars' primary power threat with nine home runs and 34 RBI, while Bradley Dixon leads the team with 23 runs scored.

They Can Set Them Down
The Charleston Southern pitching staff has made its mark in retiring batters this season with the Buccaneers recording double-digits strikeouts in each of their last six games. As a staff, the Bucs' pitching staff recorded 16 strikeouts on Friday night at Greenwood Field against UNC Asheville. Nik Constantakos retired nine batters on strikes over the first five innings. Corey Ireson set down six batters over the next three, while Adam Andrew struck the 16th batter in the ninth. It was the most strikeouts for the Bucs' pitching staff since the 2000 season.

Scoring in Bunches
Charleston Southern's nine run seventh-inning against UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon was the Bucs' highest inning output in the 2017 season. The Bucs were aided by an Alex Andronica grand slam and a Brandon Gragilla three-run home run during the frame. The nine runs were the most by the Bucs since CSU plated 10 in the first inning against The Citadel on April 5, 2016, in the Bucs' 18-1 win over the Bulldogs.

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