Bucs announce next baseball slate

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Charleston Southern Buccaneers will play 31 home games and make visits to South Carolina and Georgia as part of their 2014 baseball schedule.

The Buccaneers open the season with four straight weekend series at CSU Ballpark, all in non-conference action.

CSU begins with Villanova (Feb. 14-16), Siena (Feb. 21-23), Holy Cross (March 1-3) and Toledo (March 7-9) as the Bucs will play 16 of 17 games at home to open the season.

“With the addition of lights, we will play more than 20 night games this season at CSU Ballpark,” CSU coach Stuart Lake said.

Charleston Southern will play eight games against teams from last season’s NCAA Tournament field, including a road trip to South Carolina. The Bucs visit South Carolina on March 12.

“Our schedule is a challenging and an exciting one for our players,” Lake said. “Twenty-seven Big South games plus road games at USC and Georgia, along with eight games against (NCAA) Regional teams from last season will make for a challenging slate. We also have a number of series scheduled against our in-town and in-state rivals.”

CSU will play a home-and-home with both of its natural rivals, The Citadel and College of Charleston, as well as four single games against Savannah State, an NCAA Tournament team a season ago. The Bucs also have a home-and-home scheduled with USC Upstate and Wofford in non-conference action.

Big South Conference play opens March 14-16 as the Bucs travel to Farmville, Va. to face Longwood.

Radford, High Point, Gardner-Webb, and Winthrop all visit CSU Ballpark in Big South play, while the Bucs make trips to Longwood, Coastal Carolina, UNC Asheville, Presbyterian and VMI in conference play.

Game times for the 2014 season will be released in January.

• Charleston Southern softball coach Shane Winkler announced the signing of OF Taylor Powell, IF Brooke Lein, OF Cierra Robinson and P Hayley Elkins during the early signing period. The quartet will be coming to CSU for the 2014-2015 season.

Powell is the lone Lowcountry standout in the group. She plays outfield for Summerville High School.

The left-handed hitter led her team a .407 batting average as a junior.

Robinson (Spring Valley HS) and Elkins (Dutch Fork HS) are from the Midlands, while Lein is from Riverside, Calif.

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