• Who: Presbyterian (11-12, 0-0 Big South) vs. UNC Asheville (8-11, 1-2 Big South)
• When: Friday – 3 p.m. | Saturday – 2 p.m. | Sunday – 1 p.m.
• Where: PC Baseball Complex – Clinton, S.C.
• Live Stats: GoBlueHose.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - PC leads 17-10
• at PC - PC leads 9-6
• PC has played 11 one-run games on the season with 14 games total decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose open conference play this weekend, after setting a program record with 12 Big South wins a year ago. PC won all four home Big South series last year to go 9-3 against the league at the PC Baseball Complex.
• PC leads the Big South hits (206) and sac bunts (21), while placing second in batting average (.267). The Blue Hose rank ninth nationally in sac bunts, while coming in 80th in hits and 72nd in doubles (39).
Scouting UNC Asheville
• UNC Asheville enters play this weekend with an 8-11 record overall and 1-2 mark in the Big South, having lost five of its last six, including two of three at Winthrop last weekend.
• The Bulldogs enter the weekend with just a .231 batting average as a team, despite 17 home runs on the year. They are led by Brandon Lankford with a .309 average, five homers and 19 RBIs.
• On the bump, UNCA holds a 6.47 ERA with opposing hitters managing a .316 batting average. Joe Zayatz has paced the team so far with 2-0 record and a 0.60 ERA in 15.0 innings of work across four appearances (three starts).
Close Games the Norm
• PC has already played 11 one-run games with three others decided by three runs or less. The Blue Hose are 6-5 in one-run games wiith an 8-6 record in all games decided three runs or less.
• In the 14 games, PC is batting .275 as a team with 38 extra-base hits, led by Nick Guimbarda with a .468 average and seven doubles to go with 10 RBIs.
Kehner Shuts Out Army
• Senior starter Brian Kehner recorded his first career shutout last Friday against Army in his first career 9.0 inning complete game.
• The lefty hurler allowed just two hits and one walk in the win, while striking out eight. He allowed only four base runners in the game and just one past the third inning.
• The two hits were the fewest by a PC opponent since last season when Kehner held Campbell to two hits in a 1-0 loss. PC also held its opponent to two hits on two other occasions last season.
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Cletis Avery leads the Big South in sac bunts with five, to place 17th in the nation in that category entering play this week. Avery is also fourth in the conference in stolen bases (10) and ranks 34th nationally.
• Brian Kehner is second in the conference in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.75) and walks allowed per nine innings (1.06). He ranks 41st and 39th in the two categories, respectively. His 31 strikeouts on the year are fourth-most in the Big South.
• Nick Guimbarda is second in the Big South in doubles (9) and ranks 55th nationally.
• Ryan Hedrick has made a conference-leading 10 appearances on the season, good for 73rd in the nation.
Priaulx Leading the Team
• AJ Priaulx is off to a hot start this season, leading the team with a .378 average and a .541 slugging percentage, while sitting second in RBIs (14) and extra-base hits (8).
• Priaulx had a 10-game hitting streak snapped last week at Georgia. During the streak, Priaulx recorded six multi-hit games and drove in or scored at least one run eight of the 10 games, including three multi-RBI games.
• The lefty managed four doubles, a triple and a home run during the 10 games, while raising his average to .410 at the time.
• Priaulx enters play this weekend third in the Big South in hits with 28 and batting average at .378. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in total bases (40), on-base pct. (.440) and slugging pct. (.541).
Auckland Surging at the Plate
• Senior Brett Auckland is in the midst of a hot streak at the plate, going 13-for-28 (.464) with seven walks over his last seven games.
• The outfielder has scored five times over his last five games and has driven in seven runs over the eight-game stretch, while doubling twice and homering once.
• It started with a 4-for-5, three-RBI game at Auburn to break out of an early season slump. He has since recorded multi-hit games in three of his last four games and raised his batting average from .222 to .328 on the year.
He’s Gumby, Dang It
• Sophomore Nick Guimbarda has become one of PC’s most reliable hitters in his second season with the program.
• The left-handed swinging outfielder is batting .355 on the year with a team-high 16 RBIs and nine doubles. The nine doubles ranks second in the Big South, while his four sac bunts place fifth.
• Guimbarda has also drawn 12 walks on the year to push his on-base percentage to .438 on the season. Once on base, he has four stolen bases in six tries.