CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was among the top 25 in two team statistical categories and was in the top 50 in six individual categories as the NCAA announced the final Division I statistical standings following the conclusion of the Women's College World Series.
The Buccaneers finished the year 24th in team stolen bases per game at 1.70, and 26th in home runs per game at 1.00. CSU featured a blend of power and speed throughout the lineup in 2018 to finish second in the Big South Conference in both categories. The Bucs and 2018 national champion Florida State (9th in SB, 14th in HR) were the only two teams represented in the top 30 in both categories.
Junior catcher Caitlyn Emberson turned in another strong performance at the top of the CSU lineup to sit among the national leaders in hit by pitches in 2018. Emberson was ninth in the NCAA in the category at 0.39 per game and tied for seventh overall in total hit by pitches on the year with 22.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Heinrich utilized her control in the circle to sit 13th overall in total hit batters. The right-handed ace surrendered only two batters over her 81.0 innings pitched to lead the Big South Conference in the category.
Junior outfielder Jade Gandara represented the Bucs in three separate categories. The Hemet, Calif. native was 24th in RBI per game (1.06), 37th in slugging percentage (.741), and 45th in home runs per game (0.27).
Freshman Meghan Gagliano was the final Buccaneer athlete recognized in the top 50 in a statistical category. The fleet-footed outfielder led CSU with 23 stolen bases and was 46th in the NCAA in stolen bases per game at (0.52).