Buccaneers host Campbell on Senior Weekend

Buccaneers host Campbell on Senior Weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern wraps up the 2014 regular season this weekend as the Buccaneers host Campbell University on Senior Weekend at the CSU Softball Field as the Bucs take on the Camels in their final tune-up before next week's 2014 Big South Conference Softball Championships.

The Buccaneers will be hosting the Camels in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Big South Network, with live stats provided on CSUsports.com.

Sunday's Senior Day festivities will kickoff with the Bucs recognizing their seven softball seniors: Ari Tedesco, Morgan Dowdy, Jessica Brock, Lizzy Olmstead, Stephanie Sbardella, Hayes Holdsworth and Lauren Darden, before taking on the Camels in the series finale. The festivities are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the CSU Softball Field.

Charleston Southern enters the weekend seeing their first action in nearly two weeks after the Buccaneers took the only two games in the series against Gardner-Webb back over Easter weekend after Saturday's contest was cancelled due to rain. The Bucs topped the Runnin' Bulldogs 5-0 and 2-1 in the opening day's doubleheader to improve their record to 22-29-1 overall, 8-11 in Big South Conference play.

Cambell enters fourth in the Big South rankings entering the final weekend, posting a 27-24 overall record and 11-9 record in conference action on the year. The Camels were ranked second in the preseason poll, while CSU earned a fifth place ranking in the Big South Softball Coaches' poll published before the season.

The Camels are also coming off of a nearly two week break of their own after taking two games from UNC Wilmington, while splitting the series against Presbyterian.

For the season in Big South play, Charleston Southern has won the Winthrop, Liberty and Gardner-Webb series, while Campbell has taken conference series wins over Radford, Liberty and Gardner-Webb.

Heading into the final weekend, the Buccaneers bats continue to be led by a trio of seniors as Lizzy Olmstead, Jessica Brock and Stephanie Sbardella lead CSU in a majority of the batting categories on the year.

Olmstead paces the Bucs from the plate with a .350 batting average on the season with 14 runs scored, while adding a perfect stolen base percentage as the fleet-footed senior is 8-for-8 on the base paths this year.

Brock has been the pace-setter for the CSU lineup all season and continues to build on an impressive career in the CSU Blue and Gold as she is hitting .338 from the plate on the year with a team-high 49 hits, five home runs and 29 RBI. She is second on the team with 11 doubles on the season and second in runs scored with 18 on the year while lining up all over the infield for the Bucs.

Sbardella has flirted with a .300 batting average all season and enters the series hitting .286 from the plate with a team-high 13 doubles. She is second on the team with 42 hits and 20 RBI, while leading the team with 19 walks and four hit by pitches.

Also among the CSU leaders on the season include freshman outfielder Amanda Matsumoto, freshman shortstop Stephanie Bergmann and freshman catcher Georgi DeLio.

Matsumoto leads the team with 11 stolen bases in 14 attempts and is the team leader with 24 runs scored. Bergmann is one of two players to start all 52 games on the season and is third on the team with 35 hits and two home runs. DeLio is tied for second on the team with 11 doubles on the year.

Inside the circle, junior right-hander Jennifer Giles and freshman right-hander Cheyenne Gandara continue to lead the CSU efforts against the opposition.

Giles boasts a 2.40 ERA on the year and a 10-12 record with 20 starts and eight complete games on the season. Opponents are hitting only .224 against Giles on the season.

Gandara leads the way inside the circle with 10 complete games on the season while posting a 2.47 ERA on the year and an 8-10 overall record. She also leads the team with 129 strikeouts on the season.

Campbell has been paced on the season by the bats of Martinet and Klinger as the duo have combined to hit 27 home runs to lead the Camels' offense.

Martinet is hitting .327 on the season with a team-high 50 hits, 15 home runs and 43 RBI on the year, while Klinger is hitting .280 with 12 home runs and 30 runs scored on the season.

Inside the circle, Roberts has been the team leader with a 9-8 overall record and nine complete games while posting a 2.61 ERA. Baker leads the way with 12 victories and four shutouts on the season.

Last season, the Bucs took the series opener from the Camels, but fell in the final two games to drop the season series.

View: Mobile | Desktop