• Who: Presbyterian (15-16, 3-3 Big South) at Winthrop (16-13, 5-1 Big South)
• When: Friday – 6 p.m. | Saturday – 2 p.m. | Sunday – 2 p.m.
• Where: The Winthrop Ballpark – Rock Hill, S.C.
• Live Stats: WinthropEagles.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - WU leads 12-9
• at WU - WU leads 6-3
• PC has played 14 one-run games on the season with 21 games total decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose swept the Eagles in Clinton last season, winning by scores of 4-3, 2-1 and 9-3 in the three-game series.
• PC homered three times on Tuesday, a season-high and the most by the Blue Hose since hitting three at UNC Asheville last season.
• PC leads the Big South hits (274) and sac bunts (30), while ranking second in batting average (.267). The Blue Hose also place second in the league in ERA (4.70) and strikeouts (242) and third in opponent batting average (.261).
• The Blue Hose rank seventh nationally in sac bunts, while coming in 77th in hits.
• The Eagles enter play this weekend with a 16-13 record overall and a 5-1 mark in the Big South.
• Winthrop is batting .268 as a team with 36 doubles and 15 home runs on the year. Mitch Spires leads the team with a .404 average, while Babe Thomas has a team-high four homers and Hunter Lipscomb leads the team with 28 RBIs.
• On the bump, WU holds a 5.47 ERA with opposing hitters managing a .276 average against them. Nate Pawelczyk leads the team with a 4-1 record and a 1.91 ERA in 33.0 innings pitched across nine appearances (four starts).
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Tyler Weyenberg is second in the Big South in sac bunts with seven, which also ranks 12th nationally.
• Cletis Avery is second in the conference in stolen bases (13) and ranks 28th nationally.
• Brian Kehner leads the Big South in strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.00) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.75). He ranks 8th and 7th in the two categories, respectively. His 44 strikeouts also lead the Big South this season.
• Nick Guimbarda is fourth in the Big South in doubles (9).
• Ryan Hedrick is second in the Big South in saves (5) and ranks 49th nationally.
• Eric Miles is tied for fourth in the Big South in victories with three this season.
Close Games the Norm
• PC has already played 14 one-run games with seven others decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose are 8-6 in one-run games with a 12-9 record in all games decided three runs or less.
• Five of PC’s six Big South games to start the season have been decided by three runs or less, including all three games against Radford.
Weekend Starters Settling In
• In its last six weekend games, PC starters have compiled a 2.61 ERA, allowing 12 earned runs in 41.1 innings of work.
• Brian Kehner, Tanner Chock and Hayden Deal have combined to record 46 strikeouts against 9 walks, while holding opposing hitters to a .233 average during the six games.
• Kehner then tossed 7.0 scoreless innings on March 24 against UNC Asheville, allowing just five hits with eight strikeouts against no walks.
• Chock then worked a complete game against Radford on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts.
Kehner Stingy with Runs
• Senior left-handed pitcher Brian Kehner went 25.0 straight innings without allowing earned run before surrendering an earned run in the fifth inning against Radford on Friday.
• The lefty struggled early at Auburn on March 10 but went on to throw 5.0 scoreless innings from the third inning on, allowing just one base runner the rest of the way.
• He followed that up with his first career shutout in his first 9.0 inning complete game against Army, allowing just two hits in a 9-0 victory with eight strikeouts against one walk.
• Against UNC Asheville on March 24, the senior captain worked 7.0 scoreless innings of five-hit ball with eight Ks.
• Kehner worked 7.0 innings against on Friday against Radford, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts against no walks.
• Over his last three starts, Kehner is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 23.0 innings pitched with 21 strikeouts against one walk.
Chock Impressive Against Radford
• Junior right-handed pitcher Tanner Chock worked his second career complete game on Saturday against Radford, leading PC to a 4-1 victory and a series win.
• The righty allowed just one run on six hits with career-high 12 strikeouts against two walks to record his first win of the season.
• Chock retired 11 straight batters at one point, before setting down the final seven batters of the game in order. He would strike out the side the in eighth and got a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close it out.
Avery Making an Impact
• Senior Cletis Avery is in the midst of a modest seven-game hitting streak entering the weekend and is now tied for the team-lead in RBIs with 16.
• The right-handed hitter has raised his average to .267 on the year over his last 11 games, going 15-for-45 (.333) to lead the team during that stretch with two doubles, a triple, a homer, 10 runs, 12 RBIs, five walks and four stolen bases.
• On the year, Avery has stolen 13 bases on the season to lead the team and rank second in the Big South in that category.
• The second baseman is also second on the team and third in the Big South in sacrifice bunts this season with six sac bunts to date.
Casaceli Collecting Hits
• Senior Glen Casaceli has hit safely in each of his last eight games heading in to the wekend, since returning to the PC lineup on March 19.
• The third baseman is 11-for-23 (.478) over his last seven games with four walks, two doubles, five runs and three RBIs.
• He has raised his average from .196 to .284 during the seven-game streak.
• Casaceli batted out of the leadoff spot at NC Central for the first time this season, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Dealing the Ks
• Senior hurler Hayden Deal was highly effective on the mound on Sunday against Radford, after allowing three runs in the first inning.
• The lefty faced just three above the minimum from the second inning on, as he retired eight straight at one point. More impressively, during the streak of eight straight, he managed seven straight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fourth.
• In all, he worked 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on five hits with a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts against just a pair of walks to suffer a tough-luck loss against the Highlanders.
• It was the second time this season that Deal recorded at least 10 strikeouts with the other coming against Stony Brook on Feb. 26. He is the only PC pitcher with two games of at least 10+ strikeouts this season.