CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern makes their annual trip out west as the Buccaneers travel to the Stacy Winseberg Invitational hosted by UCLA and Cal State Northridge on March 4-6. The Bucs will also take on Northridge in a single game on March 8. CSU opens against UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis on Friday, while taking on UCLA on Saturday afternoon. Sunday has the Bucs closing out the tournament against UC Santa Barbara and Northridge.
The Buccaneers struggled over the past weekend as CSU went 1-4 at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational hosted at the CSU Softball Field. The Bucs topped Delaware State in their opener, but fell to UT Arlington, Savannah State (twice) and Delaware State over the final four games of the tournament.
Jade Gandara became the third Buccaneer recognized by the Big South Conference as the freshman outfielder earned Player of the Week honors. She hit .667 from the plate with 12 hits in 18 at-bats, adding five runs scored, five RBI, a double, a triple and a home run.
Scouting Charleston Southern...
*Charleston Southern struggled over the past weekend in posting a 1-4 overall record with a win over Delaware State in the opener, while falling to UT Arlington, Savannah State (twice) and Delaware State.
*Jade Gandara was named the 2/29 Big South Player of the Week as the freshman outfielder led the Buccaneers with a .667 batting average with 12 hits in 18 at-bats. She added five runs scored, five RBI, a double, a triple and a home run.
*Amanda Matsumoto hit .375 from the plate at the top of the CSU batting order over the past weekend and went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. She was second on the team with four runs scored.
*Stevi Johnson connected on a two-run home run in CSU's 4-3 loss against UT Arlington. The shot in the bottom of the sixth tied the game up at 3-3 in CSU's loss to the Mavericks.
*Nicole Ayala picked up the CSU win inside the circle over the weekend, going 5.2 innings in allowing three runs (two earned), in the Bucs' 4-3 win over Delaware State.
*Freshman infielder Lexi Thompson connected on her first collegiate home run as the West Ashley, S.C. native drilled a solo shot on Sunday against Savannah State. She had a .667 batting average on the weekend with two RBI.
*Natalie Yonan played an error free weekend for the Bucs, lining up at both second and third base. The lone senior on the CSU roster, Yonan recorded 11 putouts and 14 assists in her 25 chances from the field.
*Sophomore pitcher Hayley Elkins continues to showcase her dominance in the circle as the fireballer recorded a 13:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the weekend.
Scouting UC Santa Barbara...
*UC Santa Barbara enters the weekend with an 8-7 overall record on the season with the Gauchos coming off of a 4-1 weekend at the Gaucho Classic I featuring South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Southern Utah
*Kristen Clark leads the Gauchos' offense with a team-high .481 batting average with 25 hits in 52 at-bats. She's scored a team-high 13 runs on the season.
*Sierra Altmeyer and Stacy Cavazos lead the team with two home runs apiece on the year.
*Ashley Ludlow, Veronika Gulvin and Lena Mayer also have multiple wins inside the circle on the season for the Gauchos. Ludlow leads the team with a 1.83 ERA and a 40:21 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Scouting UC Davis...
*UC Davis enters the week with a 7-7 overall record on the season. The Aggies take on Sacramento State on Wednesday afternoon before opening up the Stacy Winseberg Invitational on Friday afternoon against CSU Bakersfield.
*The Aggies went 4-1 last weekend at the Aggie Invitational posting wins over Iowa State, Idaho State and South Dakota State (twice).
*Brianna Warner leads the Aggies offense with a .422 batting average on the season with a team-high 19 hits. She's also 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts.
*Leah Munden leads the team's pitching efforts in the circle with a 3.28 ERA and a 5-2 overall record. She has three complete games and a 21:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
*UCLA enters the weekend with a 9-6 overall record on the season and is coming off a 2-3 showing at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic II. The Bruins topped Georgia and BYU over the weekend for their lone wins.
*Alexis Bennett leads the UCLA offense with a .509 batting average with a team-high 27 hits and 19 run scored. She also leads the team with five stolen bases.
*Kylee Perez is hitting .490 from the plate on the season with 24 hits and two home runs, while Mysha Sataraka leads the Bruins with three home runs and 15 RBI.
*Selina Ta'amilo leads the Bruins' pitching efforts inside the circle with a 2.85 ERA on the season with a 6-2 record. She has a team-high 13 appearances, three complete games and a 57:24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Scouting Cal State Northridge...
*Cal State Northridge enters the weekend with an 8-7 overall record on the season. The Matadors are coming off of a 2-3 weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, posting wins over San Diego State and Boise State.
*Taylor Glover leads CSUN with a .540 batting average from the plate with 27 hits, four doubles, two triples and 16 RBI. She is also second on the team with 12 runs scored.
*Karlie Habitz has been the main power source for the Matadors with a team-high four home runs. She'is second on the team with 12 RBI.
*Daphne Pofek (4-2, 4.15 ERA) and Taylor Troost (2-4, 5.20) are among the Northridge pitching leaders early in the season. Pofek has a 24:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while Troost is slightly better with a 33:11 ratio.