CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will travel to Hawaii to compete in the 2017 Coca-Cola Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii from March 3-5. The Bucs take on Toledo on Friday, Seattle and Hawaii on Saturday, and wrap up the tournament with two bracket games on Sunday.
Home Run Hitters
After opening the season with the second-most home runs (13) of any team in the country, the Buccaneers bats are still going strong heading into the 2017 Coca-Cola Malihini Kipa Aloha. Charleston Southern is now tied for first in the nation with a combined 25 home runs over three weeks of play. CSU shares the No. 1 spot with Arkansas (SEC).
The Buccaneers lead the Big South Conference with an average of 1.39 home runs per game and are ranked 6th in the NCAA. CSU is also leading the conference with a .501 slugging percentage and is ranked fourth in the league with 1.33 doubles per game.
Jade Gandara leads CSU with six home runs. Mallory Kasinger and Brittany McPherson have recorded four home runs apiece, while Caitlyn Emberson stands at three this season. Cheyenne Gandara, Georgi DeLio and Destini Ewing have hit two home runs each, with Ewing recording her pair in one inning last weekend vs. South Carolina State. Stevi Johnson and Stephanie Bergmann round out the Bucs' 25 home runs with one homer apiece.