Bucs prepare for ESPN3 clash against Presbyterian to open weekend series at the Ballpark

Bucs prepare for ESPN3 clash against Presbyterian to open weekend series at the Ballpark

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern returns home to the CSU Ballpark this weekend as the Buccaneers begin a three-game series against Presbyterian at the CSU Ballpark. Friday night's game is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch, Saturday is set for a 4 p.m. first pitch, and then Sunday is set for 2 p.m.

Friday night's game will be featured on ESPN3 as the Bucs open their final conference series against the Blue Hose. Live Stats for all three games will be featured with links on the CSU Baseball Schedule Page. Updates for all three games will also be provided on the CSU Game Day Twitter account: @CSUGameDay

Probable Starters
Friday: RHP Tyler Weekley (3-3, 4.37 ERA) vs. LHP Brian Kehner (4-3, 3.64 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Nik Constantakos (3-3, 4.45 ERA) vs. RHP Tanner Chock (2-5, 3.70 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs. LHP Hayden Deal (3-4, 3.93 ERA)

About the Blue Hose
Presbyterian enters the weekend with a 24-25 record on the season and 11-7 mark in conference play. The Blue Hose are currently third overall in the Big South standings entering the weekend trailing behind Winthrop (13-5) and Liberty (14-7). PC was picked eighth in the preseason poll receiving 32 votes overall.

Last Out for Presbyterian
Presbyterian took two of three from Gardner-Webb in their last Big South series on April 28-30 with the Blue Hose taking the final two games of the series. PC followed with an 8-6 win over Davidson on May 2. Since the trio of wins, PC has fallen to USC Upstate and South Carolina to enter the weekend on a two-game skid.

Who to Watch For
Glen Casaceli leads the Blue Hose offense with a .306 batting average on the season. A.J. Priaulx has been the power bat in the PC lineup with a team-high five home runs and 31 RBI to go with a .288 average. Brett Auckland is also among the PC leaders with four home runs and 28 RBI. PC's Cletis Avery is among the conference stolen base leaders with 16 on the season.

Last Time These Teams Met
Presbyterian took two of three from the Buccaneers in the 2016 season in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose took the opener on May 19, 12-0, and game two, 3-1. The Bucs closed out the regular season on May 21, 2016 with a 9-4 win behind a 3-for-4, three RBI game by Jack Crittenberger.

Big South Standings
Charleston Southern enters the weekend with a 9-12 overall record and currently sits tied for seventh overall in the conference standings heading into the final Big South series. The Bucs are tied with Gardner-Webb (9-12) for the seven-seed and sit ahead of Campbell (7-11) and Longwood (5-13) heading into the final two conference weekends.

Bucs unable to overcome Panthers
CSU saw its four game winning streak snapped this past weekend as the Bucs dropped all three games at Williard Stadium. High Point took the opener 5-1, and then followed up with 4-1 and 4-2 wins to close out the conference sweep over the Bucs.

Pitching leads Bucs to Radford sweep
Strong pitching by the CSU staff led the Bucs to a sweep over the Highlanders in the Bucs' last home weekend series. The Bucs took the opener with a walkoff error on April 23, 4-3. The Bucs' bullpen shut down the RU offense over the final five innings in Saturday's contest to take the 3-2 win over the Highlanders. Cody Maw and the CSU bullpen again shut down the Highlanders on Sunday in the 4-1 win.

Bucs Streaking On-Base
Chris Singleton is the Bucs' active on-base streak leader heading into the weekend as the junior centerfielder has reached base in eight straight games. He took over the longest active streak when Mike Sconzo's 14-game streak came to an end this past Saturday against High Point. Overall, six different players have recorded seven double-digit on-base streaks of the season. 

Active Hitting Streak
Jason Miller has the Bucs longest current hitting streak with the redshirt sophomore third baseman reaching in each of the last six games. Miller also boasts the Bucs' longest hitting streak of the season at nine games happening earlier this season.

Charleston Southern's pitching staff has been among the nation's best at setting down the opposition in the 2017 season. The Bucs have posted 20 double-digit strikeout games as a pitching staff this season and rank 13th nationally with 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings on the season. CSU recorded six straight games with double-digit strikeouts from April 1 – 9 against Campbell (twice), The Citadel, and UNC Asheville (three times). CSU also set a season-high with 17 strikeouts on April 25 against Wofford where the Bucs struck out the side three times against the Terriers in the win.

They're In Control
CSU's pitching staff has also kept opponents off the base paths in the 2017 season as the Bucs rank 18th overall in the country and lead the Big South with a 2.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. Two Bucs rank in the top 70 in the NCAA on the season in the category with Cody Maw (5.63, 34th) and Nik Constantakos (5.08, 61st) both sitting among the national leaders in the category.

Can't Contain Him
Chris Singleton continues to lead the Bucs and sits among the nation's leaders in stolen bases on the season. The fleet-footed junior centerfielder has recorded 18 steals on the year in 19 attempts and has recorded nearly half of CSU's 43 steals on the year. Singleton enters the weekend 40th in the NCAA in stolen bases and 48th in stolen bases per game on the season.

Rarely has Mike Sconzo struggled to connect this season against opposing pitching as the junior catcher has been among the nation's toughest to strikeout in the 2017 season. Sconzo averages one strikeout per every 12.0 at-bats on the season to sit 57th overall in the country in the category on the season. He has led the Big South in the category for multiple weeks and is one of only two Big South players ranked in the category in the NCAA this season with Gardner-Webb's Colin Thacker (9.9, 127th).

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