CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back on the road this weekend for their final road trip of the 2014 season as the Buccaneers make the trip to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb University in a three-game weekend series.
The Buccaneers and Runnin' Bulldogs open up on Friday afternoon as CSU and GWU battle in a doubleheader at the GWU Softball Field with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. CSU and Gardner-Webb will close out the weekend series on Saturday afternoon with first pitch in the single game scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday's doubleheader will be streamed live via The Big South Network, while live stats will be provided for all three games.
Charleston Southern fell in their lone game so far this week as the Buccaneers dropped the series finale to Coastal Carolina on Wednesday afternoon by a score of 7-2. Stephanie Bergmann connected on her second home run of the season in the game against the Chanticleers as the Bucs tied the game up 2-2 in the top of the third inning. However, the Chants' bats proved to be too tough in the end as Coastal Carolina pushed across five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the series sweep over the Buccaneers.
CSU enters the contest sitting seventh overall in the Big South rankings with two series remaining in the Charleston Southern schedule as the Buccaneers have posted a 20-29-1 record, 6-11 in Big South Conference play on the season for the year. Gardner-Webb sits two games back with a 14-30 record, 4-12 in conference action on the season.
The Buccaneers have won two conference series on the season, topping Winthrop and Liberty. Gardner-Webb swept their past weekend series on the year with Liberty and have added a victory over Campbell in Big South play.
Senior Jessica Brock continues to lead the Buccaneers' offense on the season with a .336 batting average, with 47 hits, five home runs and 29 RBI on the season. The Puyallup, Wash., native is also second on the team with 10 doubles and 17 runs scored on the season while lining up at first and second base for CSU on the season.
Lizzy Olmstead has continued her recent surge from the plate in hitting .324 from the plate and is second on the team with eight stolen bases, while scoring 14 runs. She has added two doubles and a triple on the season for head coach Shane Winkler.
Amanda Matsumoto has also come back from a midseason injury to sit third on the team with a .284 batting average while leading the team with 24 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. Matsumoto also leads the team with two triples on the year.
From the circle, Jennifer Giles continues to lead the Charleston Southern efforts on the season with a 2.42 earned run average and a 10-12 overall record. The junior from Jupiter, Fla., has posted eight complete games on the season and opponents are hitting only .225 from the plate against the right-handed hurler.
Cheyenne Gandara is also among the team leaders from the rubber with a 2.60 ERA and 7-10 record. The freshman leads the Bucs with 129.0 innings pitched and 120 strikeouts, while posting a team-high nine complete games from the circle.
Battling against the Bucs comes the hot bat of Samantha Meenaghan as she leads the way with a .442 batting average with 65 hits and four triples on the season. She also leads the team with 22 RBI and 26 runs scored, sitting among the Big South leaders in multiple categories throughout the season.
Jessica Childers leads the Runnin' Bulldogs from the circle on the season with a 3.55 ERA on the year. She has posted an 8-17 overall record with 16 complete games on the year with 152 innings pitched on the season. Ashley Rhyne has also seen extended time on the rubber this season with 21 appearances and six complete games on the year.