CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's pitching staff remains among the NCAA leaders and the Buccaneers have several individuals among the national leaders at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, according to the latest NCAA rankings released earlier this week.
As a team, the Bucs sit in the top 30 in three categories including strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts per nine innings, and walks allowed per nine innings. CSU also has individuals listed among the top 75 in seven different categories in the 2017 season including saves, stolen bases, stolen bases per game, strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts per nine innings, toughest to strike out, and walks allowed per nine innings.
The Bucs led the Big South and finished the regular season seventh overall in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio in the 2017 season with CSU posting a 3.08 mark on the year. Two pitchers sit among the national leaders in the mark with Cody Maw (6.25, 16th) and Nik Constantakos (4.69, 64th) both leading the Bucs in the category.
CSU's pitching staff was also among the nation's best in strikeouts per nine innings on the season finishing 13th in the category with 9.3 K/9 innings. The Bucs' staff recorded double-digit strikeouts on 23 separate occasions including a six-game streak from April 1 – April 9. CSU recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts on April 25 in a neutral site game against Wofford. Constantakos finished the season 55th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings with the freshman right-hander averaging 10.55 K/9 innings.
To go with their strikeout prowess, the Bucs' pitching staff also led the conference and finished among the nation's best in walks allowed per nine innings. CSU finished 28th in the NCAA in the regular season in BB/9 innings, allowing an average of 3.04 as a staff in 2017. Maw led the Bucs in the category with a 1.36 BB/9 innings' average with the junior left-hander sitting 34th in the NCAA.
Mike Sconzo continues to pace the conference and sits among the national leaders as one of the toughest players to strikeout in the 2017 season. The junior catcher finished the regular season 42nd in the nation with 15 strikeouts in 191 at-bats, averaging one strikeout per 12.7 at-bats.
Chris Singleton showed off his prowess on the base paths to sit in the top 75 in the NCAA in both stolen bases and stolen bases per game. The junior centerfielder finished the regular season 75th overall with 18 stolen bases and 67th in stolen bases per game averaging 0.35 per game.
Cody Smith also finished among the national leaders in saves on the season. The Big South Second Team relief pitcher ended the regular season with eight saves and finished 74th overall in the NCAA.