• Who: Presbyterian (11-11) vs. USC Upstate (11-11)
• When: Wednesday – 6 p.m.
• Where: Harley Park – Spartanburg, S.C.
• Live Audio: Sunny 103.5
• Live Stats: UpstateSpartans.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - PC leads 9-8
• at USC Upstate - Upstate leads 6-3
• RHP Eric Miles (PC) vs. RHP Sean Hupp (Upst)
• PC has played 10 one-run games on the season with 13 games total decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose sweep the season series against the Spartans last year and have now won five straight vs. Upstate.
• PC leads the Big South in batting average (.271), hits (198), sac bunts (21) and fielding percentage (.968). The Blue Hose rank seventh nationally in sac bunts, while coming in 48th in hits and 55th in doubles (39).
Scouting USC Upstate
• The Spartans enter Wednesday’s game with an 11-11 record on the year, after taking two of three from Quinnipiac over the weekend.
• USC Upstate enters the game with a .294 batting average and 62 extra-base hits. They are led by Charlie Carpenter with a .354 batting average to go with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
• On the bump, USC Upstate has combined for a 4.86 ERA and a .285 opponent batting average. Righty Sean Hupp will take the mound on Wednesday with a 7.36 ERA in eight appearances (three starts). Batters have hit .377 against him this season.
Close Games the Norm
• PC has already played 10 one-run games with three others decided by three runs or less. The Blue Hose are 6-4 in one-run games wiith an 8-5 record in all games decided three runs or less.
• In the one-run games, the Blue Hose have totaled a .268 batting aveage with 29 extra-base hits in those games.
• The bullpen has been one key for PC in one-run games, going 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA, allowing nine earned runs in 28.0 innings pitched in the close ones.
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 second in the Big South in hits with 28 and third in batting average at .378. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in RBIs (14), total bases (40), on-base pct. (.440) and slugging pct. (.541).
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 (9) 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 (8) and ranks 55th nationally.
• Ryan Hedrick has made a conference-leading 10 appearances on the season, good for 73rd in the nation.
Auckland Surging at the Plate
• Senior Brett Auckland is in the midst of a hot streak at the plate, going 13-for-24 (.542) with seven walks over his last seven games.
• The outfielder has scored five times over his last four games and has driven in seven runs over the seven-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 each of his last three games and raised his batting average from .222 to .350 on the year.
• Freshman Eric Miles has found success early in his college career, as he started the year 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA through his first three starts. He earned a no-decision at Georgia on March 15 to end his three game winning streak.
• The righty gutted his way through 6.0 innings against NC Central in order to pick up his third win of the year in as many starts. He went 6.0 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts against a lone walk.
• In second career start, the rookie allowed just two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts against a pair of walks in 7.0 innings of work against NC A&T. He continued to throw strikes, totaling 66 out of the 90 pitches that he threw. Only one Aggie managed to reach second base after the first inning, in which they scored both of their two runs.
• Miles went 5.0 innings against Wofford in his first career start, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts against four walks. He earned the victory in his first collegiate outing, as PC scored five runs in the first inning.
He’s Gumby, Dang It
• Sophomore Nick Guimbarda, known to his teammates as Gumby, has made great strides in his second year with the program.
• The left-handed swinging outfielder is batting .347 on the year with a team-high 16 RBIs and eight doubles. The eight doubles ranks second in the Big South, while his four sac bunts place third.
• Guimbarda has also drawn 11 walks on the year to push his on-base percentage to .429 on the season. Once on base, he has four stolen bases in six tries.