CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern hits the road this weekend for the Duke/N.C. State Invitational as the Buccaneers make their first extended road trip of the season. The Buccaneers will be competing in both Durham and Raleigh over the weekend with their games against both the Blue Devils and Wolfpack to be carried live on the ACC Network Extra.
CSU faces off against a trio of Power 5 opponents this weekend as the Bucs take on Duke, N.C. State, and Kansas over the three-day tournament. The Bucs are 0-2 against Power 5 opponents this season having fallen to Virginia Tech twice during the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational.
The Buccaneers ended an eight-game losing streak in their final contest of the Holy City Showdown this past Sunday as CSU topped UNC Wilmington on Sunday afternoon. The Bucs were paced by Arizona Pilgrim's five shutout innings and Madison Koger's two-RBI game to top the Seahawks.
Summer Moore has paced the Bucs offense over the last week with the junior first baseman posting a five-game hitting streak. Moore boasts a .350 batting average with six RBI and a team-high 14 hits, while Caitlyn Emberson is hitting .325 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBI.
Pilgrim is the leader in the circle in 2019 with a team-high 12 appearances and nine starts. The senior right-hander boasts four complete games and a team-best 3.20 ERA on the year. Holly Clark has 10 appearances and four starts on the season.
CSU continues its tournament slate next weekend at the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge on March 9-10 down in Jacksonville, Fla.
Charleston Southern takes on the Bobcats in the opening game of the tournament as CSU takes on Ohio at Duke University. Ohio entered the week with a 7-5 record heading into their midweek contest against Marshall.
The Bobcats took four of their first five games of the season at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament hosted by Kennesaw State on February 8-10. Ohio topped Eastern Illinois (twice), Morehead State, and Kennesaw State over the three-day stretch. The Bobcats have added wins over Campbell, Charlotte, and Evansville heading into this weekend.
Morgan Geno has led the Bobcats at the plate this season with a .368 batting average with a team-high two home runs and 13 RBI. Katie Yun is also among the batting leaders with a .364 average to go with a team-high 16 hits and five doubles. Allie Englant is the stolen base leader with three on the year.
Mackenzie Kohl and Madi McCrady have paced the Bobcats in the circle in 2018. Kohl boasts a team-high seven appearances and 40.0 innings pitched while boasting a 1.93 ERA on the year. McCrady leads the team with a 4-2 record and five complete games.
Duke boasts wins over Notre Dame, Liberty, Campbell, Penn State, N.C. Central, and Utah heading into this week as the Blue Devils prepare to host their lone tournament of the spring. The Blue Devils are traveling to USC Upstate for a midweek contest prior to returning home to the Duke Softball Stadium.
Duke will continue to take on several more Big South opponents as the Blue Devils will take on Longwood (April 3) in midweek action.
Raine Wilson leads the Blue Devils with a .304 batting average with a team-high two triples over nine games played. Deja Davis is also hitting .300 on the season with 15 hits and 11 stolen bases. Caroline Jacobsen has been the team leader with two home runs and eight RBI on the year.
Shelby Walters has been the ace in the circle with a team-best 2.06 ERA in eight appearances and 34.0 innings pitched. Brianna Butler leads the team with a 3-1 record, while Amelia Wiercioch is among the team leaders with eight appearances and a save.
Scouting N.C. State
N.C. State boasts a 6-6 overall record heading into the week of the tournament. The Wolfpack are co-hosting this weekend's events with N.C. State welcoming Kansas, CSU, and Campbell to Raleigh on March 1-3.
Charleston Southern and N.C. State will also face off against each other later in the season. The Wolfpack will make a return trip to Charleston on Tuesday, March 12, for a single game held at the CSU Softball Field.
Brigette Nordberg is coming off a week where she earned ACC Co-Player of the Week recognition and leads the team with a .382 batting average and 13 hits on the year. The junior has posted a team-best six home runs, 14 RBI, and two triples. Skylar Johnston is hitting .290 on the season with a team-high two doubles.
Devin Wallace and Sydney Nester have combined for 18 appearances and all 12 starts on the season. Wallace paces the team with a 2.36 ERA, while Nester boasts a 4-2 overall record in a team-best 38.0 innings pitched.
Kansas has posted a 3-10 record early in the season over their first three weekends. The Jayhawks have topped UMass, Providence, and Virginia for their three victories heading into the Invitational weekend.
Kansas will face off against Campbell in their opening game of the weekend and CSU in their weekend finale for their only two Big South opponents of the season.
Madison Sykes and Shelby Gavre are the team's leaders at the plate this season. Sykes boasts a .333 batting average with 13 hits and five runs scored, while Gavre is hitting .333 with five RBI. Becki Monaghan leads the team with two home runs and six RBI.
Kansas has utilized seven different pitchers in the circle this season paced by Brynn Minor's eight appearances and seven starts on the year. She has posted a 4.89 ERA over 38.2 innings pitched. Kirsten Pruett has made seven appearances and four starts on the year.