SB Preview: Buccaneers host College of Charleston in midweek matchup

SB Preview: Buccaneers host College of Charleston in midweek matchup

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern steps out of Big South Conference play for a midweek matchup against local rival College of Charleston on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch at the CSU Softball Field between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 4 p.m. on the Big South Network.

Tuesday's game was rescheduled from their rainout earlier this season and will be the first meeting between the Bucs and Cougars this season. The Bucs will make the return trip to the Patriots Point Athletics Complex on April 20 for a doubleheader at 4 p.m.

CSU and College of Charleston got the opportunity to see each other play two weeks ago as the Bucs and Cougars took part in the Holy City Showdown on March 11-13 at the Patriots Point Athletics Complex. The Bucs went 2-2 over the weekend with wins over Chattanooga and Columbia, while CofC went 1-2 with a win over Georgia, while falling to Chattanooga and Michigan State.

CSU Softball Notes vs. College of Charleston

Today's Quick Hits…
*Charleston Southern took the weekend series from Longwood this past weekend after topping the Lancers in Saturday's doubleheader at the CSU Softball Field. The Bucs fell in the opener, 4-2, before rallying back with a 5-4 and 9-5 win in the doubleheader.

*Lexie Vanada and Georgi DeLio became the first teammates during Coach Winkler's tenure with the Bucs to hit two home runs in their first two at-bats on back-to-back days. Vanada connected on a pair of home runs in CSU's opener against Longwood on Friday. DeLio followed with her pair of home runs in Saturday's first game against the Lancers.

*Caitlyn Emberson and Stevi Johnson both homered in CSU's series finale win over Longwood, giving the Bucs three straight games with multiple home runs to end the weekend.

*Amanda Matsumoto hit .500 from the plate and added to her Big South lead in the stolen base crown, going 3-for-4 in steal attempts on the week. The junior centerfielder also added her first triple of the season on Saturday against Longwood.

*Charleston Southern Head Coach Shane Winkler recorded his 200th career win with the Buccaneers on Monday afternoon as CSU topped Radford, 8-5. He finished the week with 202 career wins as CSU took the season series from Longwood for the first time in program history.

*Arizona Pilgrim turned in one of her top pitching performances of the season in Saturday's opener as the freshman right-hander went the final 6.0 innings in relief in CSU's 5-4 win over Longwood. Pilgrim struck out three in picking up her second Big South win.

*Hayley Elkins followed suit with a standout performance in relief in the second game of the doubleheader against the Lancers with the right-hander going the final 4.0 innings, allowing three hits while striking out six in recording the win in CSU's 9-5 victory over Longwood.

*Caitlyn Emberson hit .500 on the week for the Bucs, going 4-for-8 from the plate. The freshman catcher hit one of the longest home runs this season at the CSU Softball Field, connecting on a two-run shot in the bottom of the first against Longwood that connected off the second fence.

*Ashtin Kullnat has a knack for finding the plate when she gets on base. The CSU junior pinch-runner crossed the plate three times on the week, scoring in CSU's wins over Longwood and against Radford.

*Natalie Yonan continues to come up in a big way in the CSU lineup as the senior third baseman connected on a pair of doubles on Saturday in CSU's 9-5 win over Longwood. Yonan is second on the team with six doubles on the season, while leading the Big South in fielding assists on the year with 73.

*College of Charleston has made the series a little one-sided recently with the Cougars winning the last six contests between the two teams dating back to the 2013 season. The Bucs picked up the win on March 26, 2013 at the CSU Softball Field, 6-4, behind a two-run home run off the bat of Jana Matthews.

*Last season, CofC took both games between the two squads. The Cougars took the opener at CSU, 9-1, on April 8. CofC followed that up a week later with a 9-1 win on April 14 at Patriots Point.

*In the home game last season, Brooke Lein brought in the lone CSU run of the game in the bottom of the third inning, drawing a bases-loaded walk as the Bucs fell to Cougars.

*College of Charleston enters today's contest winning eight of their last nine games including two of three this past weekend against Delaware in CofC's CAA opener.

*The Cougars opened the stretch with a pair of wins against Buffalo on March 15, then won all four games of the CofC Invitational against Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, Brown and Central Connecticut. After dropping the series opener against Delaware, the Cougars took the final two games on Saturday.

*Rebecca Mueller leads CofC with a .425 batting average on the season with a team-high 45 hits and 11 doubles. Mueller also leads the team with 27 RBI on the year.

*Taylor DuPree is the team's stolen base leader with 11 steals in 12 chances.

*Carly Hansis is the Cougars' power leader with three home runs.

*The duo of Samantha Martin (11-5, 2.36 ERA) and Sydney Shipley (7-4, 2.64) headline the Cougars' efforts in the circle on the season. Martin leads the team with 69 strikeouts, while Shipley is second on the team with five complete games.

*Amanda Matsumoto continues to lead the Big South Conference in stolen bases on the season. The junior centerfielder has 22 steals in 24 attempts on the season, with her 22 steals sitting fifth overall in CSU's single season record book.

*CSU sophomore pitcher Hayley Elkins has expanded her Big South Conference strikeout lead on the season with 105 total strikeouts on the season. Elkins is also the Big South leader in strikeouts looking with 29 on the year.

*Senior infielder Natalie Yonan is the Big South leader in assists on the season with 73 on the year.

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