April 3, 2011
COASTAL CAROLINA (14-17) TRAVELS TO CHARLESTON
SOUTHERN, HOSTS COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Date: Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5
Times: 2 p.m./ 4 p.m./ 3 p.m./ 5 p.m.
Place: Buccaneer Field, Charleston, S.C. and CCU Softball Field, Conway, S.C.
Live Stats: Gametracker via www.GoCCUSports.com
TV/Live Video: via The Big South Network
Chants Open Big South Play Monday, Play College of Charleston Tuesday
The Coastal Carolina University softball team (14-17) concludes its road swing as it opens Big South Conference play with a doubleheader at Charleston Southern Monday, April 4. The first game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Following the doubleheader with the Buccaneers, the Chanticleers return home and step out of conference play, facing College of Charleston in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 5 with the first game scheduled at 3 p.m.
Scouting Charleston Southern
The Buccaneers are coming off a 1-2 weekend against Presbyterian College to open Big South Conference play. Charleston Southern started the series spliting the doubleheader against the Blue Hose, falling 2-1 in the first game and winning 7-2 in the second game. In the final game of the series on Saturday, PC came up on top with a 2-0 win over CSU. Charleston Southern are 3-7 in its last 10 games. The key players for the Buccaneers are Megan Lombard, Jessica Brock, Trea Steele and Jana Matthews. Lombard leads the team with a .314 batting average, 37 hits, 20 RBI, five home runs and eight doubles. Brock is tied with Steele with a .271 batting average, 20 RBI, two home runs and 19 hits in 22 games played. Steele had registered 26 hits and 12 RBI for Charleston Southern. Matthews leads the team with 22 RBI, five home runs, eight doubles, 28 hits and 17 runs scored. Charleston Southern is led in the circle by Morgan Dowdy and Kimberly Hobbs. Hobbs has a 4.90 ERA, a 9-8 record in 17 games starts, seven complete games and 81 strikeouts in 100.0 innings pitched. Dowdy has a 3.08 ERA, 5-13 record in 18 game starts, 10 complete games and 87 strikeouts in 132.0 innings pitched.
Series vs. Charleston Southern
Currently, the Chanticleers lead the overall series 50-22. The last meeting between the two teams was on May 14, 2010 in the Big South Tournament with Coastal winning 9-4 to stay alive in the tournament.
Scouting College of Charleston
The Cougars are coming off a 0-2 weekend against Appalachian State after the first game was cancelled. College of Charleston is on a three-game losing streak and is 3-7 in its last 10 games. Against Big South school, the Cougars are 2-0 after defeating Charleston Southern 6-3 and 4-3 in a doubleheader. The key players for College of Charleston are Katie Forbes, Carly Corthell and Kelsey Hodgson. Forbes leads the team with a .378 batting average, 14 RBI, seven doubles and 31 hits. Corthell has a .368 batting average, 43 hits, six RBI and 22 runs scored while Hodgson has a .318 batting average, 11 RBI, eight doubles and 27 hits. In the circle, Alexa Datko and Stephanie Saylors handle most of the work for the Cougars. Datko has a 1.94 ERA, a 10-5 record in 17 game starts, 10 complete games and 90 strikeouts in 101.0 innings pitched. Saylors has a 2.63 ERA, a 7-8 record in 17 game starts, five complete games and 110 strikeouts in 98.1 innings pitched.
Series vs. College of Charleston
Currently, the Chanticleers lead the overall series 38-18 and the last time the two teams met was in a doubleheader on March 14, 2010 with the Cougars winning both games, 9-4 and 8-0.
Monday: Sunny, 80 degrees. Tuesday: Scattered Thunderstorms, 71 degrees.
Winans Ranked in the NCAA Top 50
Freshman Jessie Winans ranks 36th in the NCAA in triples per game with 0.12. She also leads the Big South in triples and is the only athlete in the Big South to be ranked in the NCAA category.
Coastal Finishes Regular Season Tournaments
Coastal Carolina concluded its regular season tournaments after traveling to the Stanford Invitational in California. The Chanticleers played in six tournaments this season, four at home and two on the road. Coastal was 12-16 in tournaments this season.
It’s Been A While...
Coastal Carolina is coming off a 0-4 weekend and has not won a game since March 9 when it swept Georgetown in a doubleheader. The 11-game losing streak is the longest since 2008 when Coastal also lost 11 straight games.
It’s Not Always Sunny In California
The Chanticleers traveled to California for the first time since 2004 and the squad quickly realized it is not always sunny in California after spending most of the trip dodging the rain. Fortunately, the Chants were able to play four games in between rain showers, but lost all four.
Winans and Pineda Rank Second in Big South
After seven weeks of play, freshman Jessie Winans and junior Chelsea Pineda are tied with the second longest season hitting streak in the Big South at eight. Stephanie Sbardella of Charleston Southern is currently the leader with nine consecutive games with at least one hit.
After a 23-game homestand, including four home tournaments, the Chanticleers returned to the road for its last regular season tournament of the season in California. The only other road trip Coastal had taken this season was opening weekend at the Palmetto State Showdown, hosted by South Carolina. Currently the Chants are 1-7 on the road. At the Palmetto State Showdown, the Chants fell to USC Upstate, South Carolina and Winthrop, but defeated Furman to start the season. In California, Coastal lost all four games of the Stanford Invitational, falling to Pacific, Sacramento State and #12 Stanford twice. The last time Coastal has had trouble on the road was in 2008 when it lost eight straight road games in April.
The Chanticleers open Big South Conference play at home as they host Winthrop for a three-games series. Coastal will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 9 with the first game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. On Sunday, April 10, the Chants will host a single game against the Eagles at 1 p.m.