Bucs, Bulldogs renew Lowcountry rivalry in weekend series

Bucs, Bulldogs renew Lowcountry rivalry in weekend series

Friday, March 8, 2019
CSU at The Citadel | 6:30 PM | Joe Riley Park
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Saturday, March 9, 2019
CSU vs. The Citadel | 6 PM | CSU Ballpark
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Sunday, March 10, 2019
CSU at The Citadel | 1 PM | Joe Riley Park
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Bucs and Bulldogs renew their crosstown rivalry with a weekend set as two games will be played at Joe Riley Park with Saturday's slated for CSU Ballpark.

CSU and The Citadel split last season's four-game series with the Bucs taking the finale on a 7-6 walkoff. The 2019 series is scheduled the same way as 2018 with two over a weekend at The Citadel and one weekend and one midweek game at CSU Ballpark.

Game Notes

The Citadel leads the all-time series 54-31 with most of those wins coming at the Joe. The Bulldogs own a slim 21-18 advantage at CSU Ballpark after splitting 1-1 last season at both parks.

Despite a 4-10 start, the Buccaneers showed poise taking No. 3 North Carolina toe-to-toe Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill after a breakout 12-4 thrashing Monday morning over Ball State.

The top of the lineup has been producing for CSU all season as Josh Litchfield, Kyle Horton, Reid Hardwick and Ryan Stoudemire all have batting averages above .275.

This weekend's series is just the second three-game set between the Bucs and Bulldogs since the 2005 season and third all-time.

Last Time Out

  • Just over 24 hours after a breakout offensive performance, the Charleston Southern baseball team pushed No. 3/4 North Carolina to the brink Tuesday afternoon in their home stadium before falling 7-6.
  • Both Justin Dahill and Max Ryerson had two-RBI performances in the loss as CSU (4-10) matched North Carolina (12-1) punch-for-punch before a walkoff in the ninth gave the Tar Heels the midweek win.
  • Dahill got his day started with an RBI knock then added a sacrifice fly while Ryerson was called upon for  a pinch-hit at-bat in the eight delivering the game-tying two-run double.
  • The Bucs scored first on the nationally-ranked Tar Heels thanks to a throwing error in the first, but the Tar Heels put up a five-spot in the third to erase the early momentum.
  • CSU chipped away at the margin with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth setting the stage for Ryerson's late double.
  • North Carolina was able to load the bases with nobody out in the ninth before pushing across the winning run on a one-out walk. Ryan Stoudemire (1-2) took the loss throwing the final 1.1 innings while North Carolina's Austin Love (4-0) collected the win in relief.

A Series Win Would…

  • Give the Bucs their first weekend series win of 2019
  • Give CSU at least a season split with their rival The Citadel for a second-straight season.
  • Be the first two-three wins in their battle for the Lowcountry in 2019 after falling in a back-and-forth midweek game at College of Charleston in February.
  • Be the Bucs' first over the Bulldogs in a rare weekend set between rivals.

Scouting the Bulldogs

  • The Citadel have played 12 games in 2019 heading into the weekend with a 5-7 record and 5-6 at Joe Riley Park. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 2-1 series win over Delaware State and swept North Alabama this past weekend. Sandwiched between was a road sweep for nationally-ranked Michigan with two of the three decided by three runs or less.
  • The Bulldog offense is paced by three players hitting at least .350 - Ryan McCarthy (.390), Bryce Leasure (.364) and Tyler Corbitt (.381) while the squad is hitting .229 as a whole. McCarthy has accounted for one of the Bulldogs' two home runs while driving in 14 RBI's and slugging .605.
  • The Citadel has two pitchers in Shane Connolly and Jordan Merritt that pace the staff with sub-2.00 ERA's and 30 strikeouts over 41.2 innings. Connolly has a 1.42 ERA and 2-1 record thanks to a complete game shutout over Delaware State. Merritt also has a 1.59 ERA but a 1-2 record with a complete game win over North Alabama.
  • Alex Bialakis paces the Bulldog bullpen with six appearances and 10.2 frames of work and an ERA of 2.53 and 12 strikeouts.
  • In their two midweek games, the Bulldogs fell at red-hot No. 24 South Carolina as an eight-run second opened the flood gates early as the Gamecocks took a 9-0 decision. A leadoff home run to center field then two-run home run to left got the South Carolina offense going before tacking on five more in the frame. Winthrop then took a 4-1 decision at Joe Riley Park Wednesday evening surviving a late Bulldog rally in the ninth after jumping to a 4-0 lead.

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