CHARLESTON, S.C. - Due to inclement weather, Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina have pushed back their scheduled softball doubleheader to Wednesday afternoon as the Buccaneers and Chanticleers will now take each other on in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Coastal Carolina Softball Field.
The doubleheader against the Chants is the final games of an eight game road trip before the Buccaneers return back to the friendly confines of the CSU Softball Field this weekend for a three game series against Radford University set to begin on Saturday afternoon. Saturday's doubleheader will be streamed live via the Big South Network and is slated to begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is also set with first pitch at 1 p.m.
The Buccaneers took their last Big South Conference series two weekends ago as CSU topped Liberty in two of the three games of the series, but CSU enters this Wednesday matchup on a bit of a skid, falling to South Carolina and College of Charleston last week.
The Bucs dropped a 9-1 decision on the road to the Gamecocks and fell in two tough decisions to the Cougars this past weekend at Patriots Point, falling by matching 3-2 scores in each game in the losses.
CSU looks to rebound against a talented Chanticleers' squad that was selected first in the annual Big South Preseason Poll, receiving 74 total votes and a league-leading four first place votes. The Buccaneers were picked fifth in the same poll, earning one first place vote overall.
Senior infielder Jessica Brock continues to pace the Charleston Southern offense on the season, pacing the Buccaneers with a team-leading .346 batting average, as well as five home runs, 45 hits and 29 RBI on the year. The Puyallup, Wash., native has continued her recent hot streak over the past 10 games, hitting .375 with nine hits and one home run to lead the Bucs during the stretch.
Senior outfielder Lizzy Olmstead is also hitting over .300 on the season, batting.333 on the season in seeing time in centerfield, as well as sitting second on the team with eight stolen bases on the year. Fellow senior Stephanie Sbardella has hovered around the .300 line all season, hitting .293 on the year with a team-high 11 doubles.
Freshman outfielder Amanda Matsumoto leads the CSU efforts on the base paths with 10 stolen bases and 22 runs scored, while fellow freshman Stephanie Bergmann has torn it up at the plate for the Bucs over the past two weeks, hitting .308 with her first collegiate home run.
Fellow freshman Georgi DeLio has continued to provide power to the middle of the Buccaneers' lineup, sitting second on the team with 10 doubles on the year. Brooke Holcomb has added a power bat off the bench for CSU over the past two weeks, connecting on her second home run of the season against the College of Charleston.
Inside the circle, Jennifer Giles and Cheyenne Gandara continue to lead the CSU efforts as the duo have combined to see action in 44 games, including splitting 32 starts between the two of them with 14 complete games and eight shutouts.
Giles leads the Bucs in most pitching categories with a 9-8 record on the season and 2.26 ERA. Opponents are hitting only .224 against the junior right-hander and she has been even more dominant in Big South games, boasting a 1.60 ERA and 3-1 overall record on the year with 26 strikeouts and seven walks in six appearances.
Gandara is second on the team in the wins and ERA category with a 7-9 record overall and 2.57 ERA on the year. She leads the team with eight complete games and a save, as well as a team-high 117.1 innings pitched. She is also the team leader with 106 strikeouts on the season.
Combating the Buccaneers on Wednesday afternoon are the Chanticleers as Coastal Carolina enters the contest with a 26-11 overall record and 8-1 record in Big South play with series wins over Gardner-Webb, Campbell and Liberty.
Bri Chiusano leads three players hitting above .300 on the season for Coastal Carolina as Chiusano is hitting .419 on the season from the plate with a team-high 44 hits, 40 runs scored and 34 stolen bases. She also leads the team in drawing 27 walks, getting on base over 50 percent of the time she is at the plate.
Morgan Noad is also hitting over .300 with a .343 batting average and a team-high five doubles to go with nine home runs, while Kory Hayden (.317 batting average) is among the national leaders with 15 home runs and 47 RBI on the year.
Kiana Quolas leads the Chanticleers inside the circle on the season, with a 0.80 ERA on the season and a 17-4 overall record, hurling 19 complete games and six shutouts. She has pitched a team-high 139.2 innings with a 125:25 strikeout-to-walk ratio inside the circle.
Ashley Bagwell is also among the Chants leaders on the rubber this season with a 9-6 record and 2.16 ERA. She has 12 complete games and two shutouts, while posting a 103:34 strikeout-to-walk ratio.