CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues their home stand on Tuesday afternoon before the Buccaneers make their trip out west as CSU hosts Youngstown State for a doubleheader at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch between the Bucs and the Penguins is set for 11 a.m.
The CSU and Youngstown State doubleheader will be the first Bucs' softball games to be featured on the Big South Network this season with John Peters returning to call the action in the booth. He will be joined this year by CSU alum and former softball standout Hayes Holdsworth as the color commentator as the duo will be the voices of the Bucs softball program this season on the Big South Network.
This past weekend CSU went 3-1 overall with wins over Wright State, Iona and Jacksonville State before falling in the tournament finale at home against the Gaels. The Bucs have posted a 13-5 overall record at the CSU Softball Field this season.
CSU continues this weekend on the road for their final trip before opening Big South Conference play as the Bucs travel out to California to take on UC Santa Barbara on Thursday afternoon before taking on the field at the Easton Tournament hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
Winkler Against Youngstown State...
Head Coach Shane Winkler is 1-0 all-time against Youngstown State entering today's doubleheader with the Bucs lone contest against the Penguins coming in the 2010 season on February 19th.
The game was the Buccaneers' opener in the 2010 CSU Tournament with CSU's offense exploding for 10 runs in the five inning 10-1 win over the Penguins.
Every single player in the CSU lineup reached base in the contest with Megan Hall and Jana Matthews leading CSU with two-hits apiece in the game.
Morgan Dowdy hurled a complete game effort inside the circle for the Bucs with four strikeouts while scattering nine hits.
Winkler against the Horizon League...
The Buccaneers are 3-4 against the Horizon League all-time under Winkler, facing Oakland (1-0), Valparaiso (0-3), Wright State (1-1) and Youngstown State (1-0).
The Bucs hosted Wright State this past weekend in the CSU Tournament among a field that included Iona and Jacksonville State.
CSU topped the Raiders in their only contest on the weekend against WSU on Friday afternoon, winning 6-2.
Jennifer Giles hurled a complete game effort inside the circle, hurling a season-high six strikeouts in the winning effort.
Scouting the Penguins
Youngstown State enters the Tuesday matchup with a 4-6 record overall on the season having played in the Campbell Tournament and the UNCW Tournament.
The Penguins have faced off against one common opponent this season with the Bucs, falling twice to UNC Wilmington, 8-7 and 6-1.
Youngstown State is in a South Carolina swing in their schedule right now as the Penguins will take on College of Charleston at Patriots Point tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader against the Cougars.
Cali Mikovich (.433) leads the Penguins' batting efforts with 13 hits and three home runs. Miranda Castiglione (.423) is also hitting above .400 on the season with a team-high four doubles.
Kayla Haslett, Ashley Kozial and Caitlyn Minney could all see action inside the circle on Tuesday as all three pitchers have thrown more than 20.0 innings this season.
Home Again, Home Again...
The Buccaneers have accumulated an impressive 13-5 record at home this season with their lone road trip of the season coming two weeks ago at the Carolina Classic hosted by USC from February 27-28. Among the home highlights so far this season:
Amanda Matsumoto is hitting a team-best .464 from the plate with 26 hits and 20 runs scored. She also is a perfect 8-8 in stolen base attempts.
Cheyenne Gandara is hitting .431 with 22 hits and 19 RBI from the plate. Inside the circle she has posted an 8-3 record with 78 strikeouts in 63.0 innings.
Marci Christian has connected on a team-high 11 home runs with a 1.059 slugging percentage ate CSU. She has a team-best 24 RBI
Jennifer Giles has posted a 4-2 record at home with four complete games and a shutout win over UMBC in her season debut on Feb. 7.
The Last Five Games...
A lot can be told about a player and a team's last five games. The Bucs lineup is no exception with several players starting to surge and bring their averages and ERAs back in line with their career norms over the past five games.
Natalie Yonan has started to heat up from the plate, hitting .714 over the last five games, going 5-for-7 from the plate with three runs scored.
Marci Christian connected on four home runs last week, raising her season total to 12 on the year as she continues to approach both CSU's single season and career home run totals.
Stevi Johnson is hitting .333 over the past five games with four RBI and a double for the Bucs in raising her season average up to .293
Amanda Matsumoto stole three bases last week to raise her team-leading total to nine on the season
Cheyenne Gandara (3-0) and Jennifer Giles (1-1) combined to strike out 33 batters in 33 innings pitched with five complete games and a shutout over the past five games. The duo also combined for a 1.06 team ERA during the span.
Seven different CSU players have connected on home runs this season led by Marci Christian's 12 blasts, while Cheyenne Gandara has gone deep 10 times this year. Three different players have also connected on their first collegiate home runs of their career this year.
Stephanie Baro (2): First collegiate HR vs. Ohio State, Feb. 8
Marci Christian (12): First HR of the season vs. S. Illinois, Feb. 7
Georgi DeLio (2): First HR of the season vs. Ohio State, Feb. 8
Cheyenne Gandara (10): First collegiate HR vs. Ohio State, Feb. 8
Stevi Johnson (1): First HR of the seasno vs. Tennessee Tech, Feb. 22
Brooke Lein (1): First collegiate HR vs. N.C. A&T, Feb. 20
Brittany McPherson (1): First collegiate HR vs. Marshall, Feb. 28