SB Preview: Bucs open week with Tuesday doubleheader at S.C. State

SB Preview: Bucs open week with Tuesday doubleheader at S.C. State

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will travel to Orangeburg on Tuesday for a doubleheader with South Carolina State. First pitch between the Buccaneers and the Lady Bulldogs is set for 1:00 p.m. 

CSU Game Notes - Charleston Southern at South Carolina State

Scouting South Carolina State
South Carolina State is still in the hunt for their first win this season. The Lady Bulldogs enter Tuesday's doubleheader with a 0-20 mark on the year and fell to Charleston Southern on February 26, 12-0, in the finale of the 2017 Willie Jewell Invitational.

Sophomore Rickary Holloman leads S.C. State at the plate with a batting average of .290, while junior Deanna Sullivan paces the Lady Bulldogs with a .364 slugging percentage and one home run this season. Day-sha Stewart boasts a team-high 13 hits and eight runs scored. The freshman pitcher/shortstop has also recorded one home run this season. Utility player Kaneisha Pettiford leads the Lady Bulldogs with 10 RBI and shares the home run lead with one sent out on February 11 vs. Saint Louis.

Freshman Jada Lake leads S.C. State in the circle, striking out 15 batters in her 16 appearances. Reliever Whitney Gaylor leads the Lady Bulldogs with 50 innings pitched. The freshman has recorded 10 strikeouts in her 14 appearances this season.

Last Time Against South Carolina State
Charleston Southern 12, South Carolina State 0 (February 26, 2017)
Charleston Southern shut out South Carolina State, 12-0, in Sunday's Willie Jewell Invitational finale.

Destini Ewing led the Buccaneers (9-9) at the plate with back-to-back home runs and added four RBI. Freshman Holly Clark recorded her second shutout of the season, striking out seven in the complete game effort.

CSU got on the board early with four runs in the first inning. Amanda Matsumoto led the Bucs off with a bunt for a base hit. The speedy senior advanced to second on a steal and made it to third on an illegal pitch. Jade Gandara knocked in CSU's first run with a single to right field, and run-scoring hits from Stevi Johnson and Georgi DeLio gave the Bucs the 4-0 lead after one inning.

Clark (3-2) held the Bulldogs (0-12) hitless over the next three innings and Ewing recorded her first collegiate home run for a 5-0 Buccaneer lead to open the bottom of the fourth. The sophomore slugger added another homer in her second at-bat of the inning and Caitlyn Emberson connected on a double that was just short of clearing the fence. CSU finished the inning with seven hits for eight runs and the 12-0 lead.

Clark opened the fifth frame with her seventh strikeout. She'Nautica Bates gave the Bulldogs their second hit of the game, reaching first on a slow-rolling bunt, and Deanna Sullivan recorded S.C. State's third and final hit with a single through the left side in the 12-0 shutout.

Homerun Hitters
Charleston Southern leads the Big South with 39 home runs this season, more than twice the amount of any other team in the league. The Buccaneers sit at the third most home runs of any team in the country, right behind Louisiana's 41 and Arizona's 44, and are ranked 11th in the nation with 1.22 home runs per game.

Jade Gandara leads the pack of home run hitters with 10 on the season. The sophomore left fielder connected for three solo home runs last Saturday against Liberty to share CSU's program record for most home runs in a single game with sister power hitter, Cheyenne Gandara. Jade leads the Buccaneers with a slugging percentage of .688, 24 RBI and 64 total bases this year. She also shares the team-lead for runs scored (16) with senior Amanda Matsumoto and sophomore Caitlyn Emberson.

Mallory Kasinger follows Gandara with seven home runs and Emberson is right behind the former Freshman of the Week with six on the season. CSU 2016 homerun-leader, Brittany McPherson, has sent five out this year, and Cheyenne Gandara rounds out the team's top-five home run hitters with a mark of four on the season.

Stephanie Bergmann, Destini Ewing and Georgi DeLio have each recorded a pair of home runs and Stevi Johnson rounds out the Bucs' 39 with a home run on February 18 against UNC Wilmington.

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