CHARLESTON, S.C. - The first NCAA softball statistical reports came out on Tuesday and Charleston Southern was well represented on the list as multiple CSU players were ranked in the top 25 in individual categories, while the team was ranked in the top 50 in several categories following the first weekend.
One season after leading the NCAA in hit-by-pitch, junior utility player Caitlyn Emberson is back among the national leaders in the category. Emberson was plunked four times over the opening four games, including twice by N.C. A&T to sit in a four-way tie for first among the nation in overall HBPs and in a five-way tie for hit by pitches per game at 1.00. Emberson is also ranked 19th in on-base percentage (0.714), 25th in runs scored per game (1.00), and 31st in walks drawn per game (1.00).
Junior outfielder Jade Gandara is also among the national leaders following a standout performance at the plate that led to earning Big South Player of the Week recognition. Gandara is in the top 10 in three major individual statistical categories following the first weekend of competition. She is fourth in the NCAA in batting average (0.769), eighth in on-base percentage (0.768), and ninth in total hits (10).
Clark is 14th in the NCAA in shutouts following her opening day two-hitter against North Dakota. Heinrich is 24th in total victories with two over the opening weekend and tied with 31 other pitchers across the nation for first overall in walks allowed per seven innings (0.00).
As a team, CSU's pitching staff is tied for first overall nationally with 41 other teams as the Bucs only hit one batter over the first four games. The Bucs' pitching staff posted a collective 1.35 ERA to sit 30th in the NCAA.
CSU's bats are also represented with the Bucs sitting 47th in scoring with 6.00 runs per game and 48th in batting average with 0.316.
Charleston Southern continues the 2018 season this weekend with the Buccaneer Invitational hosted at the CSU Softball Field over February 16-18. The Bucs will take on Valparaiso, Eastern Kentucky, and N.C. Central over the three-day tournament.