CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern softball team is back in action this week for a mid-afternoon contest against visiting Coastal Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch between the Buccaneers and the Chanticleers at the CSU Softball Field is set for 4 p.m.
Wednesday's contest will be Charleston Southern's debut on ESPN+ as the Buccaneers host the Chanticleers. It is one of 12 scheduled home CSU contests to be featured on the worldwide network this season. John Peters and Larry Sienko will bring the action live at the CSU Softball Field this year.
CSU is coming off a strong opening weekend as the Bucs posted a 3-3 record at the Willie Jewell's Invitational. The Bucs made their debut under Head Coach Venus Taylor one to remember with a 9-1 win under the lights over Dayton.
Coastal Carolina (4-1) is also coming off a strong start to the 2019 season as well. The Chants picked up four wins at their season-opening Kickin' Chicken Classic held at the CCU Softball Field.
The Bucs continue the season this weekend with their second consecutive home tournament as CSU welcomes Detroit Mercy and East Tennessee State to the CSU Softball Field on February 15-17.
CSU Quick Notes
- Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina both hosted tournaments over their opening weekends.
- CSU went 3-3 overall over the opening weekend with wins over Dayton and UMES (twice).
- Coastal Carolina went 4-1 over the opening weekend with wins over Rider (twice), Boston, and UIC.
- The Bucs and Chanticleers have faced each other in each of the last two seasons since Coastal Carolina joined the Sun Belt.
- The teams were rivals dating back to the creation of the Big South Conference with CSU topping the Chanticleers, 3-1, in the 2014 Big South Conference Championship Game.
- It took six games, but Charleston Southern recorded its first home run of the season as Caitlyn Emberson went deep in the third inning. The senior catcher connected on the Bucs' first home run one season after CSU hit 56 as a team.
- Sarah Brown continued her hot streak to start the season as the sophomore leads the Bucs with a .526 batting average, 10 hits, seven runs, and four stolen bases after the first six games.
- Caitlyn Emberson leads the Bucs with nine RBI in addition to her home run.
- Eight of CSU's nine batters in the lineup recorded hits in Sunday's contest.
- CSU's pitching staff posted a 2.95 ERA over the first weekend of the season.
- Jade Gandara finished the weekend with 143 career RBI to overtake Jana Matthews (141, 2010-13) and become the all-time leader in CSU softball program history in the category.
Coastal Carolina Quick Notes
- Coastal Carolina finished the season-opening Kickin' Chicken Classic at home this past weekend with a 4-1 record.
- The Chanticleers posted wins over Rider (twice), Boston, and UIC over the weekend, while falling against No. 3 Tennessee in their lone loss at the CCU Softball Field.
- Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern used to face off multiple times every season when the duo were both members of the Big South Conference.
- None was more memorable to the Buccaneers than CSU's 3-1 win in the 2014 Big South Championship game that propelled CSU to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in program history.
- Coastal Carolina will face off against three other Big South schools this season with the Chants taking on Presbyterian, Radford, and Winthrop on the year.
- The Chanticleers went 26-28 last season with a 20-12 record at home but struggled on the road with a 4-15 mark away from Conway.
- The Chants were picked eighth overall in the Sun Belt Conference's preseason poll receiving 27 points overall.
- Sophomore outfielder Courtney Dean was the team's lone representative on the Sun Belt Conference's preseason All-Conference team. Dean hit .345 with a team-high 50 hits and 15 home runs while driving in 39 runs as a true freshman last season.
- Taylor Sweigart leads the team's offensive efforts early in the season hitting .462 with six hits, a double, and a triple over the first weekend.
- Ashley Guillette and Kaitlin Beasley-Polko headline a pitching staff that posted a 0.90 ERA over the first weekend.