SB PREVIEW: Bucs continue Big South play with midweek doubleheader at Presbyterian

SB PREVIEW: Bucs continue Big South play with midweek doubleheader at Presbyterian

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back on the road and in Big South play again this week as the Buccaneers hit the road to Clinton, S.C. for a Wednesday doubleheader against Presbyterian College. First pitch between the Bucs and the Blue Hose is set for 2 p.m. at the Blue Hose Softball Complex at Young Park.

CSU (10-27, 4-5 Big South) is looking to continue its longest road trip of the season on a high note as the Buccaneers are in the midst of a 13-game road swing that features trips to Campbell, PC, Hampton, Longwood, and College of Charleston.

The Bucs opened the road trip this past weekend at Campbell as CSU fell in both games in Saturday's doubleheader, before rallying back to take the series finale on Sunday afternoon, 5-2.

Freshman outfielder Rhiana Hubbard was the star of the show in Sunday's finale as the Fairfield, Ohio native connected on her second home run of the season to extend CSU's lead, and added an RBI single in the sixth to cap the Bucs' 5-2 win.

Arizona Pilgrim picked up her fourth win in the circle in conference play as the senior right-hander surrendered just four hits in 4.2 innings of relief work. The senior ace has pitched in each of the last 10 games and made appearances in 14 of the last 15 to headline CSU's pitching efforts.

Annie Bakenhus leads the team with a .330 batting average with 38 hits and 20 runs scored. Jade Gandara continues to hit at the plate with a .310 batting average, while Sarah Brown's .520 batting average in Big South play has raised her season total to a .308 average.

Pilgrim sits among the Big South leaders with 29 appearances and 19 starts, while posting eight complete games. The Taft, Calif. native has posted 86 strikeouts over 129.2 innings and has a 3.99 ERA.

Presbyterian is 10-23-2 heading into the Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Hose have lost four of their last five and currently post an 0-6 record in Big South play having been swept by USC Upstate and Hampton.

Ansley Wilbanks leads the Blue Hose with a .389 batting average to go with 44 hits and a team-high 18 RBI. Chelsea Lyons adds a .371 batting average, while Jonnie Petree is hitting. .324 through 33 games. The above-mentioned trio are 43-of-50 in stolen bases on the season.

Alyssa Batastini (6-16) leads the Blue Hose in the circle with 25 appearances and 22 starts. She's posted 122.0 innings and a 4.07 ERA. Taylor Ward has added 22 appearances and 13 starts in the circle.

CSU takes the weekend off, before traveling back to Clinton next Wednesday for a single game to close out the Big South series with Presbyterian.

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