CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern opens up the 2018 season on Friday night at the CSU Ballpark. The Buccaneers will host Delaware at 6 p.m. in the first matchup in a three-game series with the Blue Hens. Saturday's first pitch is set for 4 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
Live Stats for the weekend series will be available at CSUSports.com, while in-game updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUGameDay
Charleston Southern vs. Delaware Weekend Notes
Probable Pitching Matchups – Charleston Southern vs. Delaware (2017 Stats)
Friday, 6 p.m. – RHP Nik Constantakos (3-4, 4.92 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Spadafino (7-3, 4.46 ERA)
Saturday, 4 p.m. – RHP Ryan Stoudemire (3-2, 4.18 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Hinton (2-0, 6.60 ERA)
Sunday, 1 p.m. – RHP Tyler Weekley (3-4, 5.48ERA) vs. RHP Billy Sullivan IV (Freshman)
- Charleston Southern is slated to have three newcomers in the starting lineup on Opening Day this season as the Buccaneers are projected to start Josh Litchfield (OF), Josh Peters (OF), and Ryan Rizk (IF) to open the season.
- The Bucs return their two best averages from the 2017 starting lineup with Jason Miller (2B) and Aaron Miller (1B).
- Nik Constantakos will be CSU's Opening Day starter on the mound in the 2018 season. Constantakos finished 2017 tied for the most starts on the team (13) and led the Bucs in IP/appearance (4.92) and strikeouts looking (28).
- Jason Miller makes the shift from third base to second in the 2018 season. Miller returns as the Bucs' leading hitter at the plate and led the Bucs in on-base percentage (.397), hits (69), and sacrifice flies (4).
- Mike Sconzo returns to lead the catching corps this season. The senior backstop started 50 games at catcher for CSU in the 2017 season and was a mainstay in the heart of the Bucs' lineup, hitting .267 from the plate.
Buccaneers against Delaware
Charleston Southern as a program has a lifetime 1-2 record against the Blue Hens dating back to the 1995 season. UD visited the CSU Ballpark to open the 1995 season. The Blue Hens took two of the three game series in a season where they went 45-14 and won the North Atlantic Conference.
About the Blue Hens
Delaware has plenty of momentum for the 2018 season after making their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2001. The Blue Hens finished fourth in the CAA regular season, but won four straight games in the conference tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Four starters from that team return, including Friday's pitcher Nick Spadafino. In 2017, Spadafino went 7--3 with opponents batting just .253 against him.
Same Face, New Place
While the Buccaneers return the bulk of their 2017 roster, they'll be moving several players to new positions. Alex Andronica will move to right field after mostly being used in left last season, Jason Miller will move from third base to second, and Jack Delongchamps moves out from behind the plate to the outfield. On the mound, Ryan Stoudemire and Tyler Weekley will move into the rotation to join Nik Constantakos to form a strong weekend trio.
Bucs against the CAA
Charleston Southern will face off against two CAA teams in 2018. The Bucs open the season with Delaware and will later play a home and home with College of Charleston. CSU opens the year hosting a weekend series with Delaware before hosting College of Charleston on Tuesday, March 20. The Bucs will travel to College of Charleston in a return trip on Tuesday, April 3. The Bucs went 3-2 against the CAA last season with three wins at home against Hofstra (March 4-5), but dropped both games of their home and home with College of Charleston.
Bucs tabbed to finish Eighth in the Big South Preseason Poll
Charleston Southern was selected eighth overall in the Big South Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Buccaneers received 35 votes overall in the poll, including one vote for second place. Winthrop University has been voted the Big South Conference's preseason baseball favorite by the league's head coaches. Liberty's junior outfielder D.J. Artis was voted the Conference's Preseason Player of the Year. Artis was recently named a Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com. Additionally, Winthrop junior Nate Pawelczyk was voted the league's Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
TICKETS: All tickets are $10 and general admission.