Saturday, March 9, 2019
CSU vs. The Citadel | 6 PM | CSU Ballpark
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Bucs and Bulldogs renew their crosstown rivalry with a weekend set as two games will be played at Joe Riley Park with Saturday's slated for CSU Ballpark.
CSU and The Citadel split last season's four-game series with the Bucs taking the finale on a 7-6 walkoff. The 2019 series is scheduled the same way as 2018 with two over a weekend at The Citadel and one weekend and one midweek game at CSU Ballpark.
The Citadel leads the all-time series 54-31 with most of those wins coming at the Joe. The Bulldogs own a slim 21-18 advantage at CSU Ballpark after splitting 1-1 last season at both parks.
Despite a 4-10 start, the Buccaneers showed poise taking No. 3 North Carolina toe-to-toe Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill after a breakout 12-4 thrashing Monday morning over Ball State.
This weekend's series is just the second three-game set between the Bucs and Bulldogs since the 2005 season and third all-time.
Last Time Out
- Just over 24 hours after a breakout offensive performance, the Charleston Southern baseball team pushed No. 3/4 North Carolina to the brink Tuesday afternoon in their home stadium before falling 7-6.
- Both Justin Dahill and Max Ryerson had two-RBI performances in the loss as CSU (4-10) matched North Carolina (12-1) punch-for-punch before a walkoff in the ninth gave the Tar Heels the midweek win.
- Dahill got his day started with an RBI knock then added a sacrifice fly while Ryerson was called upon for a pinch-hit at-bat in the eight delivering the game-tying two-run double.
- The Bucs scored first on the nationally-ranked Tar Heels thanks to a throwing error in the first, but the Tar Heels put up a five-spot in the third to erase the early momentum.
- CSU chipped away at the margin with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth setting the stage for Ryerson's late double.
- North Carolina was able to load the bases with nobody out in the ninth before pushing across the winning run on a one-out walk. Ryan Stoudemire (1-2) took the loss throwing the final 1.1 innings while North Carolina's Austin Love (4-0) collected the win in relief.
A Series Win Would…
- Give the Bucs their first weekend series win of 2019
- Give CSU at least a season split with their rival The Citadel for a second-straight season.
- Be the first two-three wins in their battle for the Lowcountry in 2019 after falling in a back-and-forth midweek game at College of Charleston in February.
- Be the Bucs' first over the Bulldogs in a rare weekend set between rivals.
Scouting the Bulldogs
- The Citadel have played 12 games in 2019 heading into the weekend with a 5-7 record and 5-6 at Joe Riley Park. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 2-1 series win over Delaware State and swept North Alabama this past weekend. Sandwiched between was a road sweep for nationally-ranked Michigan with two of the three decided by three runs or less.
- The Bulldog offense is paced by three players hitting at least .350 - Ryan McCarthy (.390), Bryce Leasure (.364) and Tyler Corbitt (.381) while the squad is hitting .229 as a whole. McCarthy has accounted for one of the Bulldogs' two home runs while driving in 14 RBI's and slugging .605.
- The Citadel has two pitchers in Shane Connolly and Jordan Merritt that pace the staff with sub-2.00 ERA's and 30 strikeouts over 41.2 innings. Connolly has a 1.42 ERA and 2-1 record thanks to a complete game shutout over Delaware State. Merritt also has a 1.59 ERA but a 1-2 record with a complete game win over North Alabama.
- Alex Bialakis paces the Bulldog bullpen with six appearances and 10.2 frames of work and an ERA of 2.53 and 12 strikeouts.
- In their two midweek games, the Bulldogs fell at red-hot No. 24 South Carolina as an eight-run second opened the flood gates early as the Gamecocks took a 9-0 decision. A leadoff home run to center field then two-run home run to left got the South Carolina offense going before tacking on five more in the frame. Winthrop then took a 4-1 decision at Joe Riley Park Wednesday evening surviving a late Bulldog rally in the ninth after jumping to a 4-0 lead.