SB Preview: Buccaneers continue Big South road trip with series at Campbell

SB Preview: Buccaneers continue Big South road trip with series at Campbell

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues on their Big South Conference road trip this week as the Buccaneers make the trip to Campbell for a three-game series at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. First pitch in the Tuesday doubleheader is set for 4 p.m., while the series finale on Wednesday is set for 4 p.m. 

All three games of the series will be streamed live via the Big South Network as both the Bucs and Camels look to bounce back from setbacks suffered this past weekend at the hands of Radford and Liberty. CSU fell in the series to the Highlanders, while the Camels were shutout twice by the Flames. 

Charleston Southern's big bats erupted in their victory against the Highlanders as the Bucs connected on six home runs and scored a program-record 21 runs in their win over Radford. Cheyenne Gandara homered three times in the game and drove in nine RBI, while Jordan Evans connected on a grand slam for the Bucs in their lone victory on the weekend.

Softball Game Notes at Campbell*

The last time the Bucs took a series from the Camels came back in the 2012 season when CSU took two of three at home, winning the final two games of the series 1-0 and 5-0.

Winkler Against Campbell...
Head Coach Shane Winkler is 8-8-1 all-time against Campbell entering this week's series against the Camels.

Campbell took the season series from the Bucs last season winning two of three at the CSU Softball Field last season. The Bucs took the series opener 4-3, while falling in the final two games, 5-3 and 1-0.

On the road at Campbell, the Bucs are 3-4 against the Camels, falling in their series in 2013.

Brooke Holcomb capped off the CSU rally against the Camels in the opening game of the series with the walk-off two-run single scoring Lizzy Olmstead in the Bucs victory.

Campbell scored five runs in the top of the seventh to win game two, while Courtney Klinger and Brittany Bruce both doubled in the Camels 1-0 win in the finale. 

Winkler against the Big South...
The Buccaneers are 56-71 against the Big South Conference all-time under Winkler including winning the 2014 Big South Championship.

CSU leads the all-time series against Winthrop and Presbyterian, while sitting tied overall against Campbell.

The Buccaneers hold the all-time series lead over the Eagles, 12-9.

CSU leads the all-time series against Presbyterian dating back to the 2009 season, 17-6.

CSU took series wins from Winthrop, Liberty and Gardner-Webb last season in Big South play with all three occuring on the road. 

Scouting the Camels...
Campbell enters the week with a 19-15 overall record on the season and an 8-6 record overall at home in Amanda Littlejohn Stadium, but have struggled thus far in the season in Big South Conference play.

Campbell is in the midst of three straight Big South series at home hosting Liberty, Charleston Southern and Longwood over the span of eight days.

The Camels dropped two games in the series against Radford, fell in both games against Coastal Carolina and were shutout twice by Liberty this past weekend.

Ericka Nesbitt leads the Camels offense on the season with a .452 batting average, 52 hits and 31 runs scored. She also has two triples on the year.

Katie Baker and Julia Callicutt lead the Camels pitching efforts on the season with Baker posting a 10-9 record with 120 strikeouts, while Callicutt leads the team with a 2.41 ERA.

The Last Five Games...
A lot can be told about a player and a team's last five games. The Bucs lineup is no exception with several players surging and bring their averages and ERAs back in line with their career norms over the past five games.

Stephanie Baro has continued to surge over the past five games in leading the Bucs with a .467 batting average with seven hits, seven RBI and a home run.

Amanda Matsumoto leads the Bucs with eight hits over the past five games, hitting .444 with five runs scored.

Cheyenne Gandara has provided the Bucs power output over the past five games with three home runs, two doubles and 12 RBI.

Stevi Johnson has been one of the top producers from the plate for the Bucs with two doubles and five RBI while tying for the team lead with a stolen base.

Jennifer Giles has been the Bucs leader inside the circle over the past five games with a 1-1 record, 3.91 ERA and 19 strikeouts over the past 14.1 innings pitched.

Buccaneers series at Radford…
Charleston Southern erupted for a school-record 21 runs, hitting six home runs in their first win at Radford under head coach Shane Winkler, taking the second game of the series against the Highlanders, 21-6. Winkler had previously been 0-7 at the RU Softball Field before the victory.

Cheyenne Gandara was key to the Bucs' output against the Highlanders, homering in her first three at-bats in the game including twice in the first inning to finish the game with CSU records in HRs (3), runs (5) and RBI (9). She connected on a two-run shot and a grand slam in the first inning and a three-run shot in the second inning to stake the Bucs to a 14-0 lead.

Jordan Evans made the weekend one to remember from the plate as the freshman catcher connected on the deciding grand slam in the top of the fifth inning. Evans' home run was just her second hit of the season and was her first career home run of her life in clinching the Bucs 21-6 victory.

Brittany McPherson, Stevi Johnson, Stephanie Baro and Georgi DeLio also homered on the weekend for the Buccaneers against the Highlanders with Baro and Johnson both providing three-run shots, while DeLio and McPherson connected on solo blasts.

Hayley Elkins picked up her second collegiate win of the season in the Bucs' 21-6 victory over the Highlanders, hurling the final four innings in relief to take the victory. She struck out two over the span to close out the game.

Amanda Matsumoto continues to sit among the Big South batting leaders as the sophomore centerfielder went 4-for-11 from the plate with an RBI single, hitting .364 on the weekend.

Grand Slam...
Three different Buccaneers have connected on grand slams this season with Brooke Lein, Cheyenne Gandara and Jordan Evans all going deep with the bases loaded this season.

Lein's and Evans' grand slams were their first collegiate home runs with the Bucs.

Lein's blast scored Stevi Johnson, Taylor Powell and Gandara to break open the game in CSU's 10-1 win over N.C. A&T.

Gandara's grand slam was her second home run of the first inning, clearing the bases in CSU's 21-6 victory over Radford.

Evan's blast clinched the Bucs win over the Highlanders on March 29.

It was the first CSU grand slam since Linzy Rother did it back on April 22, 2012 when she hit a grand slam in CSU's 8-1 win over Gardner-Webb.