CHARLESTON, S.C. - This weekend's softball series between Charleston Southern and Radford has been pushed back due to the threat of inclement weather in the Lowcountry. CSU and Radford will now play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field with first pitch set for 1 p.m. The final game of the series will start at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
The Bucs have won three of their past four since coming off of a seven game losing streak. CSU picked up a win over Chattanooga and a pair of victories over Columbia to bounce back from a tough stretch, before falling to Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon in a midweek non-conference matchup.
Last season Radford took two of the three games at the Radford Softball Complex. The Highlanders took both the first and third games of the series, while CSU's offense exploded in the second game of the series setting several program records in the process. CSU connected on a school-record six home runs in the game with Cheyenne Gandara connecting on three blasts, finishing with nine RBI and five runs scored in Bucs' win.
This Weekend's Quick Hits…
*Charleston Southern bounced back from a rough stretch out in California with wins in three of their past four games. The Bucs closed out the Holy City Showdown with a pair of wins over Chattanooga and Columbia, then topped Columbia in a midweek contest at the CSU Softball Field.
*The Bucs had lost seven in a row before their win on Sunday against Chattanooga snapped the skid. The losing streak was the longest since the 2014 season when CSU dropped eight straight games from March 31-April 12 during the span.
*CSU won their Big South Conference home opening series last season as the Bucs hosted Gardner-Webb on March 20-21. The Bucs took the first two games of the series against the Runnin' Bulldogs, winning 4-1 and 9-6, while falling in the last game, 6-0.
*Last season at Radford, the Bucs fell in two of the three games against the Highlanders. CSU fell in the first and third contests, while topping Radford 21-6 in the middle game.
*Gandara and Evans both connected on grand slams during the game as CSU scored 11 runs in the first inning on their way to jumping out in front in the victory.
*Charleston Southern and Radford have played two common opponents in the 2016 season in Georgetown and Western Carolina. The Buccaneers' contest against Georgetown was called due to darkness and CSU split against Western Carolina. The Highlanders went 2-1 overall, winning against Georgetown, while splitting against the Catamounts
*Charleston Southern was selected third in the annual Big South Preseason Poll with the Bucs receiving 60 points and two first place votes.
*Radford was selected eighth in the annual Big South Preseason Poll with the Highlanders receiving 18 points.
*In the 2016 season so far, Radford is tied for the most wins in the Big South on the season as both the Highlanders and the Presbyterian Blue Hose both have 14 victories. Charleston Southern is fourth in the conference with 12 wins on the year.
*Radford and Charleston Southern both have 14 home runs on the season, tied for fifth overall in the Big South Conference in the category on the season.
*Both head coaches are not afraid to use their bullpens coming into the weekend. The Bucs and the Highlanders are tied for the Big South lead with three saves apiece on the season.
*Radfod's Becky Mantel has been a ball magnet in the 2016 season. The Highlanders' athlete leads the Big South in hit-by-pitches by a wide margin with 11. The next closest player, Winthrop's Paige Haley, has five.
*Charleston Southern's Amanda Matsumoto has been the Big South Conference's leading base-stealing threat in the 2016 season. The junior outfielder paces the Big South with 18 stolen bases on teh season, four ahead of Liberty's Tori Zavodny.
*Charleston Southern's Hayley Elkins sits among the tops in the Big South in strikeouts in the 2016 season. The sophomore right-hander is second in the conference with 76 strikeouts and leads the Big South with 25 batters striking out looking on the year.
*CSU's Lexie Vanada had been on a hot streak over the last week as the junior utility player now leads the Buccaneers with a .400 batting average on the season. Vanada leads the Bucs with five doubles and sits tied for second with three home runs on the season.
*Amanda Matsumoto has retaken the hits lead for the Bucs with 24 hits in the 2016 season. The junior outfielder has also drawn a team-high 15 walks while hitting .320 from the plate.
*Jade Gandara will be back on the field for the Bucs after missing the last week due to injury. The freshman outfielder is hitting .370 from the plate and is among the CSU leaders with 16 runs scored and 11 RBI. She also leads the Bucs with three home runs.
*Britney McPherson has raised her season average over the past week, sitting third overall with a .342 batting average on the year. McPherson has connected on a pair of home runs during the stretch, while lining up in right field for CSU.