SB Preview: Buccaneers welcome Boston, Western Carolina and North Carolina A&T for the CSU Invitational

SB Preview: Buccaneers welcome Boston, Western Carolina and North Carolina A&T for the CSU Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern welcomes Boston, Western Carolina and North Carolina A&T to the CSU Softball Field this weekend as the Buccaneers continue their 15 game home stand on February 19-21. The Bucs take on Boston and Western Carolina on Friday, Western Carolina and North Carolina A&T on Saturday, and North Carolina A&T in the final game on Sunday afternoon.

The Buccaneers went a perfect 3-0 this past weekend at the Willie Jewell's Invitational at CSU. The Bucs topped Towson in their home opener on February 12, 5-4, and defeated IPFW twice, 9-4 and 3-2, to close out the weekend. CSU's game against Georgetown was called due to darkness at the CSU Softball Field in the bottom of the first inning.

Arizona Pilgrim earned Big South Softball Pitcher of the Week honors after finishing the weekend with a 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA, while junior shortstop Stephanie Bergmann earned College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week honors after collecting a .625 batting average with three runs and three RBI.

CSU Softball Game Notes - Second CSU Tournament

Scouting Charleston Southern...
*Charleston Southern went a perfect 3-0 on the weekend with wins over Towson and IPFW (twice) at the Willie Jewell's Invitational at CSU 

*Stephanie Bergmann led the Bucs' bats at the plate as the junior shortstop recorded hits in all three games on her way to batting .625 (5-of-8) on the weekend 

*Stephanie Baro connected on her first home run of the season as the sophomore first baseman drilled a three-run shot in CSU's 9-4 win over IPFW 

*Jade Gandara connected on an RBI single for her first collegiate hit, then added a solo home run in CSU's 3-2 win over IPFW on Saturday afternoon 

*Arizona Pilgrim went 2-0 in her collegiate debut in the circle for the Bucs as the freshman right-hander finished the weekend with a 0.00 ERA over seven innings of work at the CSU Softball Field 

*Amanda Matsumoto went 3-for-3 in the Bucs' season opening 5-2 win over Towson and added three stolen bases on the weekend 

*Arizona Pilgrim was named the February 15 Big South Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. The freshman right-hander earned her first win against IPFW on Friday afternoon, and then followed with a three inning start in the win against IPFW on Saturday 

*Stephanie Bergmann was named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week on Tuesday morning. The junior shortstop hit .625 on the week with a team-high five hits. She added three RBI and three runs scored over the weekend. 

*Hayley Elkins went the distance in her season debut at the CSU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore right-hander went all seven innings in the start, allowing six hits with five strikeouts in the 5-4 win over Towson 

*The Buccaneers were the only Big South team in the conference to remain unscathed over the opening weekend of the season. CSU (3-0) was one of three teams to pick up victories on the weekend with Liberty (2-4) and Gardner-Webb (1-3) both recording their first wins of the 2016 season 

*The Bucs were one of five Big South teams to open play this past weekend. Winthrop (0-4) and Coastal Carolina (0-5) joined CSU, Liberty, and Gardner-Webb in season opening action. 

*CSU has 11 more home games scheduled for the month of February with local rival College of Charleston making the trip to the CSU Softball Field on Wednesday, February 24. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Scouting Boston...
*Boston was picked fourth overall in the Patriot League Softball Preseason Poll with the Terriers receiving 41 points. Junior outfielder Morian Connolly was selected to the Preseason All-League Team. 

*The Terriers will begin the 2016 slate under new direction as Ashley Waters was named the seventh softball head coach in program history. Waters comes to Boston University as a first-year head coach, after spending the last three seasons as the top assistant at Harvard. 

*Last season, the Terriers fell short of making the Patriot League Tournament, just a year after winning it all. BU returns key players in Brittany Younan and Moriah Connolly, who were also named the team captains. 

*Boston returns 16 players from their 2015 squad that finished 17-27 overall. The Terriers open the season with 20 straight road games before opening at home on March 16 against Providence. 

Scouting North Carolina A&T...
*North Carolina A&T opened up the 2016 season at home this past weekend at the Aggie Invitational, with the Aggies going a perfect 4-0 with wins over UMES (twice) and Coppin State (twice). 

*N.C. A&T was picked fourth overall in the Southern Division in the MEAC Preseason Poll with the team receiving 73 points. Sophomore outfielder Raven Gray was selected to the Preseason All-Conference Second Team. 

*Mohagony Headen connected on the lone Aggie home run of the 2016 season and added a triple over the opening weekend. Overall, four N.C. A&T players have recorded three RBI on the year (Jillian Nobles, Headen, Alejandra Barcenas, Kimberly Brunson and Kameron Graham) 

*Janika May leads the Aggie efforts in the circle with a 2-0 record, including a complete game win. 

Scouting Western Carolina...
*Western Carolina went an impressive 4-1 in their opening tournament at Savannah State this past weekend, topping Drexel (twice), Savannah State and College of Charleston over the three day event 

*The Catamounts run-ruled the opposition in their final three games of the tournament topping Drexel (8-0), Savannah State (12-3) and CofC (9-1) 

*Western Carolina has connected on five home runs already in the 2016 season paced by Crystal Cyr (2) and Karley Harkey (2) on the year. 

*Taylor Sigmon leads the Catamounts inside the circle on the season with a 2-0 record, 2.40 ERA and appearances in all five games.

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