SB Preview: CSU makes midweek trip to College of Charleston

SB Preview: CSU makes midweek trip to College of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern steps out of Big South Conference play for a midweek matchup at Patriots Point as the Buccaneers travel to take on College of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch of the doubleheader between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 4 p.m.

The Bucs are coming off of a series win against Winthrop with CSU taking two of the three contests in Rock Hill, S.C. against the Eagles. Charleston Southern's power bats came alive over the past week with CSU hitting 10 home runs as a team over the past five games including five last Wednesday afternoon against Coastal Carolina.

For her efforts on the week, Caitlyn Emberson was honored as the Big South Player of the Week, the third Buccaneer to earn the conference accolade on the season. Emberson has homered in three of the past four games for the Bucs and sits second overall on the team with six home runs on the season. Emberson hit .643 from the plate last week to lead the Bucs.

SB Game Notes at College of Charleston

Wednesday's Quick Hits…
*Caitlyn Emberson continues to hammer opposing pitching as the freshman had another career week with the Bucs connecting at a .643 clip with nine hits in 14 at-bats, four home runs, a double, six RBI and seven runs scored.  

*Natalie Yonan has found her power stroke over the past week with the senior infielder connecting on a pair of three-run home runs against both Coastal Carolina and Winthrop.

*Opponents could not keep Charleston Southern's batters inside the park last week as the Bucs connected on 10 home runs over the five games led by Emberson (four), Brittany McPherson (two), Yonan (two), Stephanie Bergmann (one) and Stevi Johnson (one)

*Amanda Matsumoto continues to find ways to move around the base paths as the fleet-footed junior raised her stolen base season total to 28 on the year.

*Arizona Pilgrim hurled her first complete game shutout at CSU in Friday's opening game at Winthrop. The freshman ace went the distance allowing four singles while striking out three in the 8-0 win over the Eagles.

*In Friday's opener against Winthrop, Stevi Johnson and Natalie Yonan both homered in support of a dominant performance inside the circle by Arizona Pilgrim as Charleston Southern took the series opener from Winthrop at Terry Field, 8-0.

*Caitlyn Emberson connected on the go-ahead solo home run in the top of the fourth, while Hayley Elkins pitched the Buccaneers out of trouble in the seventh as Charleston Southern hung on to clinch the series win over host Winthrop in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

* Charleston Southern was unable to overcome an early deficit as the Buccaneers fell in the series finale against the Eagles, 5-2. Caitlyn Emberson and Brittany McPherson both homered for the Bucs in the loss with the duo connecting on solo shots in both the fourth and fifth innings, but it was not enough for CSU to rally against WU's Kiley Majette in the loss.

*Over the past 10 games, Emberson leads the Bucs with a .483 batting average with 14 hits, 11 runs scored and four home runs.

*During the same span, Stephanie Bergmann's bat has come to life with the junior shortstop hitting .400 from the plate with 14 hits and a team-high four doubles over the stretch.

*Brittany McPherson has paced all power bats for the Bucs over the past 10 games and leads CSU with five home runs and 15 RBI, while hitting .333 from the plate.

*Arizona Pilgrim has demonstrated great control in the circle over the last 10 games with the freshman pitcher appearing in nine games and posting a 27:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

*In the first matchup between CSU and College of Charleston on March 29 at the CSU Softball Field, the Bucs were unable to rally back from an early deficit in falling to the Cougars, 6-1.

*Stevi Johnson drove in the lone Buccaneer run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third, while Amanda Matsumoto, Stephanie Bergmann, Brooke Lein and Caitlyn Emberson all had singles for CSU in the loss.

*Carly Hansis broke open a close game for the Cougars with a two-run single in the top of the fifth, while Sydney Shipley picked up the win in the circle for CofC. Shipley went three innings in the contest, allowing two hits in picking up the win.

*College of Charleston has lost nine of their last 11 games since their win over Charleston Southern. The Cougars have fallen in series against Elon, Coastal Carolina, James Madison and UNC Wilmington during the span, picking up wins over Elon and UNCW over the stretch.

*Rebecca Mueller continues to lead the Cougars' offense on the season with a team-high .388 batting average with 54 hits, 11 doubles and 28 RBI.

*Taylor DuPree is also among CofC's leaders with a .361 batting average and a team-high 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts.

*Samantha Martin and Sydney Shipley have headlined CofC's efforts inside the circle on the season. Martin has posted an 11-9 overall record and a 2.79 ERA in 26 appearances, while Shipley is 9-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 22 appearances.

*Martin is the team leader with 92 strikeouts in 130.1 innings pitched while opponents have hit .237 on the season against the CofC pitcher.

*Carley Hansis and Jordin Jones lead the Cougars' power output on the season with a team-high three home runs apiece.

*Amanda Matsumoto continues to lead the Big South Conference on the base paths in the 2016 season with the junior outfielder leading the conference with 28 steals on the year.

*Hayley Elkins leads the Big South in strikeouts on the season with the sophomore right-hander pacing the conference with 134 strikeouts on the year. Elkins leads Longwood's Elizabeth McCarthy (122) by double-digits.

*Elkins and Arizona Pilgrim are 1-2 in the Big South Conference in appearances on the season. Elkins leads the Big South with 38 stints in the circle, while Pilgrim has made 33 appearances on the year.

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