SB Preview: Buccaneers close out 2019 road schedule with midweek game at CofC

SB Preview: Buccaneers close out 2019 road schedule with midweek game at CofC

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern wraps up the 2019 road schedule on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers hit the road to face crosstown rival College of Charleston at the Patriots Point Athletic Complex. First pitch between the Bucs and Cougars is set for 6 p.m.

The Bucs and Cougars previously took the field against each other back on March 6 as CSU hosted College of Charleston in a midweek matchup. The Cougars took the first contest between the two teams thanks to six early runs over the first two innings on their way to claiming the 8-0 victory.

Since their early season matchup, the Buccaneers (16-30) have taken control of their own destiny in Big South Conference play. Eleven of CSU's 16 wins this season have come following their loss of the Cougars and the Bucs have ridden the momentum to currently sit tied for third in the Big South regular season standings.

College of Charleston (20-22) has posted mixed results since their midseason win over the Bucs. The Cougars are 5-7 in CAA play and recently took the season series against Towson this past weekend in Baltimore, Md. winning the first and third games.

The Buccaneers conclude their 2019 road schedule on Tuesday night as CSU head to Patriots Point. The Bucs are 7-10 this season in true road games, including each of their last 13 games. The Bucs have been away from the CSU Softball Field since March 20 and have faced off against Campbell, Presbyterian, Hampton, and Longwood during their longest road stretch of 2019.

The Bucs close out the 2019 regular season with a pair of home weekend series against Gardner-Webb (April 19-20) and Winthrop (May 2-3). The Bucs and Eagles (10-8) have matching records in conference play, while the Runnin' Bulldogs (5-13) are fighting for a spot to sit among the top six teams that will advance into the postseason.

Annie Bakenhus and Caitlyn Emberson continue to lead CSU's offensive efforts this season. Bakenhus is the team leader in batting average (.336), while also pacing the team with 50 hits and 24 runs scored. Emberson is the team's deep threat with six home runs and 24 RBI while leading the Big South with 16 hit-by-pitches.

When the Buccaneers play small ball, Brooklynn Brewington and Madison Koger have been among the conference's best. Brewington leads the Big South with 10 sacrifice bunts, while Koger is the conference leader with six sacrifice flies.

In the circle, Arizona Pilgrim has consistently sat among the Big South's best. The senior ace is third in the conference in innings pitched (162.0), third in strikeouts (108), and third in batters struck out looking (40). She leads the conference with 37 appearances and is second in games started (25). Holly Clark (31 appearances) and Alyssa Heinrich (14 games finished) have also stood out among the conference leaders.

Yari Felix is the Cougars' batting leader as College of Charleston has posted a team .282 batting average on the year. Felix's .336 batting average leads the team, while Madi Brown (.333) and Gracyn Thrasher (.319) have also excelled at the plate. Thrasher has three of CofC's nine home runs on the season, while Brown leads the team with 12 doubles.

Drayton Siegling and Izzy Berouty have made the majority of the appearances in the circle for the Cougars this season. Siegling leads the team with a 2.52 ERA and a 7-3 record in 26 appearances, while Berouty has started a team-best 27 games.

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