• Who: Presbyterian (12-15, 1-2 Big South) vs. Radford (11-13, 2-1 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
• Live Video: Big South Network (Sunday)
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
• Admission is free
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - Radford leads 10-3
• at PC - Radford leads 4-2
• PC has played 12 one-run games on the season with 17 games total decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose host the Highlanders in the second Big South series of the season for both teams. PC and Radford met once last season in the Big South Championship but it will be the first series between the two since 2012 and the first in Clinton since 2011.
• PC leads the Big South hits (246) and sac bunts (27), while ranking second in batting average (.272). The Blue Hose also place second in the league in ERA (4.85) and strikeouts (202) and third in opponent batting average (.263).
• The Blue Hose rank seventh nationally in sac bunts, while coming in 61st in hits and 81st in doubles (45).
• The Highlanders enter the weekend winners of eight of their last 10 for an 11-13 record overall and a 2-1 mark in the Big South, after taking two of three from Longwood last weekend.
• Radford comes in with a .269 average with 38 doubles and 18 home runs on the year. Kyle Butler leads RU with a .373 average, while Jonathan Gonzalez paces the team with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
• RU has compiled a 5.53 ERA on the year with opposing hitters managing a .290 average against them. Friday starter Zack Ridgely leads the way with a 3-3 record and a 2.89 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched across six starts.
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Cletis Avery leads the Big South in sac bunts with six, to place 19th in the nation in that category.
• Avery is also third in the conference in stolen bases (12) and ranks 25th nationally.
• Brian Kehner leads the Big South in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.75) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.88). He ranks 16th and 13th in the two categories, respectively. His 39 strikeouts also lead the Big South this season.
• Nick Guimbarda is third in the Big South in doubles (9) and ranks 73rd nationally.
• Ryan Hedrick has recorded three saves on the season, third-most in the Big South.
• Eric Miles is second in the Big South in victories with three this season.
Close Games the Norm
• PC has already played 12 one-run games with five others decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose are 6-6 in one-run games with a 9-8 record in all games decided three runs or less.
• In the 17 games, PC is batting .282 as a team with 43 extra-base hits and 21 stolen bases. The offense has been led by Nick Guimbarda with a .439 average and seven doubles to go with 10 RBIs in the close ones.
Starting Pitchers Settling In
• In four games last week, PC starting pitchers compiled a 1.78 ERA, allowing five earned runs in 25.1 innings of work.
• Eric Miles, Brian Kehner, Hayden Deal and Tanner Chock combined to record 23 strikeouts against seven walks, while allowing 26 hits.
• Miles worked 6.0 scoreless innings at USC Upstate on Wednesday, leaving the game with a 4-0 lead.
• Kehner then tossed 7.0 scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just five hits with eight strikeouts against no walks.
Kehner Stingy with Runs
• Senior left-handed pitcher Brian Kehner has not allowed an earned run in his last 21.0 innings pitched over his last three starts.
• The lefty struggled early at Auburn on March 10, allowing seven runs in the first two innings but has since turned it around. He would go on to throw 5.0 scoreless innings from that point, 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.
• In his last outing against UNC Asheville, the senior captain worked 7.0 scoreless innings of five-hit ball with eight Ks.
Priaulx Leading the Team
• AJ Priaulx leads the team with a .367 average, sixth-best in the Big South, and a .541 slugging percentage, while sitting tied for second in RBIs (14) and extra-base hits (8), despite missing four games with an injury.
• Priaulx had a 10-game hitting streak snapped at Georgia on March 15. 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.
Avery Making an Impact
• Senior Cletis Avery has stolen 12 bases on the season to lead the team and rank third in the Big South in that category.
• The senior second baseman also leads the team and the Big South in sacrifice bunts this season with six sac bunts to date. He ranks 19th nationally in that category as well.
• Avery has raised his average to .270 over his last eight games, going 11-for-29 (.379) with four walks, two doubles, a homer, five runs, nine RBIs and three stolen bases.
Auckland Surging at the Plate
• Senior Brett Auckland is in the midst of a hot streak at the plate, going 17-for-40 (.408) with 11 walks over his last 11 games.
• The outfielder has scored nine times over his last nine games and has driven in nine runs over the 11-game stretch, while doubling and homering twice.
• 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 .329 on the year.