CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back in action this weekend as the Buccaneers host the first of two matchups against Lowcountry rival College of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon at the CSU Softball Field. First pitch between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 3:30 p.m.
The Bucs (5-17) are in the midst of a road swing that includes nine of 10 games on the road. CSU competed this past weekend in Raleigh/Durham for the Duke/N.C. State Invitational, and head down south to Jacksonville, Fla. this weekend for the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge.
CSU is looking to bounce back from a tough stretch this past weekend as the Bucs fell in all five contests. The Bucs fell in both games against Ohio, while also dropping games to N.C. State, Duke, and Kansas.
Annie Bakenhus continues to lead the Buccaneers' offense on the season with a team-leading .333 batting average while starting all 22 games. The senior left fielder leads the team with 15 runs scored and 22 hits, while adding seven doubles from the leadoff spot.
Summer Moore has also come on strong from over the last two weeks. The junior first baseman is hitting .316 on the season with a team-high two triples and 10 RBI.
Arizona Pilgrim and Holly Clark have combined for 29 appearances and 18 starts on the season. The pitching duo has combined for four of CSU's five wins inside the circle and recorded 115.2 of the Bucs' 139.2 innings pitched. Pilgrim boasts a team-high four complete games and 51 strikeouts in the circle.
CSU will travel back down to Patriots Point on April 16 for a single game against the Cougars.
College of Charleston enters the Wednesday afternoon contest with an 8-9 overall record but is 0-3 on the year in true road games. CofC's road losses have come at the hands of Jacksonville, North Florida, and Charlotte on the year.
CofC is 0-1 on the year against Big South Conference teams with the Cougars falling at home to Radford in the Holy City Showdown back on February 21. The Highlanders topped CofC, 5-1, in the tournament opener.
Madi Brown leads six Cougars hitting over .300 from the plate on the season with a team-leading .396 batting average with 21 hits and eight doubles. Chandler Sparkman leads the team with a pair of home runs, while Brittany Vicary is the team-leader with 10 RBI.
Izzy Berouty paces the Cougars with a team-best 3.82 ERA in 11 appearances. Berouty, Drayton Siegling, and Summer Jenkins all have posted two wins in the circle on the season.
The Bucs hit the road again this weekend for the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge on March 9-10. CSU will take on Cleveland State, North Florida, Georgetown, and Jacksonville over the two-day tournament shared on the campuses of North Florida and Jacksonville.