SB Preview: Bucs host Campbell in Big South weekend series; Saturday's DH on the Big South Network

SB Preview: Bucs host Campbell in Big South weekend series; Saturday's DH on the Big South Network

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues Big South Conference play this weekend as the Buccaneers host Campbell at the CSU Softball Field on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch in Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. on the Big South Network. The Bucs and Camels will close out the weekend with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Buccaneers have taken two of the three Big South series this season, taking two games against Longwood at home on March 25-26 and two games this past weekend on April 2-3 against Gardner-Webb. This past weekend, the Bucs shutout the Runnin' Bulldogs in the opener, 6-0, while Brittany McPherson drilled a grand slam and had seven RBI in the series finale 9-4 Bucs win.

Last season the Bucs swept the Camels in Buies Creek winning the first two games of the doubleheader with matching 4-2 scores. The Bucs took the series finale, 8-7, with Brooke Lein connecting on the go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning. Marci Christian (twice), Cheyenne Gandara and Natalie Yonan also connected on home runs over the weekend in the Bucs' sweep.

CSU Softball Game Notes vs. Campbell*

This Weekend's Quick Hits…
*Charleston Southern took two of three this weekend at Gardner-webb as the Buccaneers won the first and third games against the Runnin' Bulldogs in the series.

*Caitlyn Emberson connected on a bases-clearing double in the top of the third, while Stephanie Bergmann and Stevi Johnson had back-to-back doubles in the fourth to pace the Bucs to the 6-0 win over the Runnin' Bulldogs in the opening game.

*Charleston Southern scored in each of the first two innings, but a late GWU rally led the Runnin' Bulldogs past the Bucs in the nightcap, 4-2. Brittany McPherson connected on her fourth home run of the season in the contest, while Stephanie Bergmann added an RBI single in the loss.

*Brittany McPherson connected on a grand slam and drove in seven RBI to lead Charleston Southern past host Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon at the Brinkley Softball Field, 9-4.

*McPherson connected on a bases-loaded double in the top of the first inning driving in three runs, then connected on a grand slam in the third to give the CSU pitching staff all the support they would need as the Buccaneers took the series from the Runnin' Bulldogs.

*Cierra Robinson has been on fire since joining the Buccaneer starting lineup over the last week with the sophomore outfielder hitting .556 from the plate with five hits in nine at-bats, including a double in CSU's series win over Gardner-Webb.

*Stevi Johnson's bat has started to heat up over the past week with the junior second baseman hitting .400 from the plate with two doubles and two sacrifice flies.

*Arizona Pilgrim had a perfect 0.00 ERA on the week in three relief appearances in the circle, including picking up the save in the Bucs' series finale against Gardner-Webb. The freshman pitcher allowed five hits, while striking out three in 6.0 innings pitched.

*Hayley Elkins started all four games in the circle for the Bucs over the past week, going 2-2 overall with a 4.05 ERA. Elkins went the first four innings in the Bucs' shutout 6-0 win over Gardner-Webb in the series opener.

*Stephanie Bergmann led the Bucs with six hits on the week, connecting at a .400 clip from the pate. She added a pair of doubles with two RBI and three runs scored.

*Lexie Vanada has been one of the top hitters for the Bucs on the season and has paced CSU with hits in 15 of her past 17 games at the designated player position. Vanada hit .364 over the past week and drew a team-high four walks.

*Amanda Matsumoto continues to lead the Bucs' running efforts on the season with the junior centerfielder swiping two more bases this past week. Matsumoto continues climbing the CSU single season record books, sitting tied for fourth overall with 24 stolen bases.

*Campbell enters the weekend with a 17-19 overall record on the season, 3-6 in Big South Conference play on the year. The Camels were swept on the road in their series opener against Longwood, but rallied back to take two of three against Gardner-Webb. Campbell took the middle game against Presbyterian this past weekend, topping the Blue Hose, 2-0.

*The Camels are coming off of a 3-2 win at home against East Carolina with Melissa Tullar going 2-for-3 on the day with a pair of RBIs and Taesha DuBoise connecting on the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh.

*Amber Schisler leads the Camels' offense on the season with a .363 batting average. The junior pitcher and first baseman leads the Camels in runs scored (25), hits (41), doubles (11), home runs (11) and RBI (33).

*Taesha DuBoise (.314) and Rachel McCollum (.326) are also hitting over .300 on the season. DuBoise is second on the team with 32 hits, while McCollum is second in hits (31), home runs (9) and RBI (23).

*Courtney Roberts is the Camels' leader in the circle on the season with a 7-5 record in the circle and three complete games. Roberts has posted a team-best 3.88 ERA on the year.

*Katie Baker continues to be one of the top strikeout pitchers in the Big South Conference with the junior pitcher recording 65 strikeouts on the year. Baker has posted a 5-8 record on the season in a team-high 85.1 innings pitched.

*This weekend features two of the top players in the Big South in getting on base in CSU's Amanda Matsumoto and Campbell's Rachel McCollum. McCollum is second in the conference with a .450 on-base percentage, while Matsumoto is third with a .446 on-base percentage.

*Amanda Matsumoto is the Big South stolen base leader on the season with the junior centerfielder pacing the conference office with 24 stolen bases. She currently leads Radford's Marissa Gagliano (20) in the standings.

*Hayley Elkins continues to lead the Bucs in strikeouts on the season with the sophomore pitcher pacing the conference with 119 strikeouts on the year. Elkins leads Coastal Carolina's Kelsey Dominik (111) in the category.

*Elkins also leads the Big South in appearances on the season with 32 stints inside the circle on the season. Arizona Pilgrim is tied for third in the conference office with 26 appearances.

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