CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Southern will travel to Buies Creek, North Carolina for a Friday faceoff and a Saturday doubleheader at Campbell. CSU needs one win in the weekend series to solidify a spot in the Big South Tournament to be held May 10-13 at Longwood. The Buccaneers will take on the Fighting Camels on Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the Big South Network. Game one of Saturday's doubleheader will air on ESPN3 at 2:00 p.m. and the series finale is set to follow. Fans can follow the weekend action via live stats on csusports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameday.
CSU Game Notes - Charleston Southern at Campbell
Under the Shane Winkler era, Charleston Southern has gone 12-11-1 against Campbell in its 24 meetings with the Fighting Camels since 2009. The Buccaneers fell to Campbell, 6-5, in their most recent meeting on April 10 of last year.
Amber Schisler has proven to be a threat at the plate and in the circle for the Fighting Camels. The senior lefty hitter leads Campbell and the Big South in multiple categories including 16 home runs, 64 hits, 41 runs scored, 37 walks and tops the conference with a .423 batting average, .824 slugging percentage and a .584 on-base percentage.Schisler is also Campbell's go-to reliever, recording eight wins and one save on the season. In her 27 appearances and 70.1 innings pitched, Schisler has put away 48 batters and stands at a 4.58 earned run average.
Katie Baker paces Campbell in the circle with a team-best 3.04 earned run average. With 15 wins on the season, the senior is ranked third in the Big South and sits in the top of several conference categories including opposing batting average (4th, .229), batters struck out (8th, 93) and batters struck out looking (7th, 21).
Ducks on the pond
Campbell's offense has been hot this season, with the Fighting Camels leading the conference in multiple categories, including on-base percentage (.381).They also lead the league with 256 runs batted in and are ranked second with a .433 slugging percentage, just behind Charleston Southern's .435 slugging percentage.In addition, Campbell sits at the number two spot in the conference categories of batting average (.298), runs scored (282), hits (422), doubles (69), triples (T2, 9), home runs (35) and total bases (614).
Common non-conference opponents
Both Campbell and Charleston Southern have competed against common non-conference opponents Maryland Eastern Shore, S.C. Upstate, Coastal Carolina and UNC Wilmington this season.The Fighting Camels recorded a 12-4 win against Maryland Eastern Shore on February 10, but fell to the other three opponents. S.C. Upstate topped Campbell, 3-2, in eight innings on February 17, while Coastal also came out victorious on February 26 with a 3-2 win. The Fighting Camels lost to UNCW, 1-0, on March 22 after battling with the Seahawks through 13 innings.Charleston Southern suffered back-to-back losses to S.C. State on February 11 (5-3) and 12 (4-1) in their first home tournament of the season. The Buccaneers also fell to UNCW, 11-5, the next weekend, but came back to top the Seahawks in the Buccaneer Invitational finale, 2-1, after eight innings.The Bucs shutout Maryland Eastern Shore with 7-0 and 4-0 victories at the Willie Jewell's Invitational and topped former conference-foe Coastal Carolina with a 2-1 win on March 22.
Charleston Southern leads the Big South with 60 home runs this season, 25 more than the next highest team in the league (Campbell-35) and the fourth most home runs of any team in the country. The Bucs follow East Carolina's 61 and Louisiana's 74, while Arizona leads the NCAA with 82. CSU is also ranked 11th in the nation with 1.07 home runs per game.Five Buccaneers have landed on the Big South's home run leaderboard. Sophomore Jade Gandara paces CSU with 15 on the year for the number two spot in the league. Fellow sophomore, Caitlyn Emberson, is ranked third with 11, while freshman Mallory Kasinger and redshirt-junior Cheyenne Gandara share the number seven spot with seven homers. Senior Stevi Johnson rounds out the five CSU sluggers with six bombs to share the number 9 spot with two other players in the Big South, including Campbell's Caroline Smith.
Sophomore Jade Gandara leads CSU's pack of home run hitters with 15 bombs on the season. Ranked second in the Big South, she is one home run away from tying Campbell's Amber Schisler.Gandara leads the conference with 126 total bases (7th in the NCAA) and boasts a league-best 16 doubles (15th in the NCAA) and shares a conference-high 52 RBI (16th in the NCAA).