• Who: Presbyterian (14-16) at NC Central (15-14)
• When: Tuesday – 6 p.m.
• Where: Durham Athletic Park – Durham, N.C.
• Live Stats: NCCUEaglePride.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - PC leads 12-1-1
• at NCCU - PC leads 8-1
• PC has played 13 one-run games on the season with 20 games total decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose head to NC Central for the second meeting between the two this season. PC topped the Eagles at home on March 8 with an 8-7 victory.
• PC leads the Big South hits (264) and sac bunts (30), while ranking second in batting average (.267). The Blue Hose also place second in the league in ERA (4.63) and strikeouts (234) and third in opponent batting average (.260).
• The Blue Hose rank seventh nationally in sac bunts, while coming in 84th in hits.
Scouting North Carolina Central
• The Eagles enter Tuesday’s game with a 15-14 record, after taking two of three against Florida A&M over the weekend.
• NCCU holds a .313 batting average as a team with 56 doubles and 21 home runs on the season. Ellington Hopkins leads the team with a .414 average, while Corey Joyce leads the way with 28 RBIs to go with four home runs.
• On the mound, the Eagles have a 5.43 ERA with opposing hitters managing a .278 average against them.
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Tyler Weyenberg is second in the Big South in sac bunts with seven, which also ranks 11th nationally.
• Cletis Avery is fourth in the conference in stolen bases (12) and ranks 34th nationally.
• Brian Kehner leads the Big South in strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.00) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.75). He ranks 9th and 8th in the two categories, respectively. His 44 strikeouts also lead the Big South this season.
• Nick Guimbarda is third in the Big South in doubles (9).
• Ryan Hedrick is second in the league in saves (4).
• Eric Miles is tied for fourth in the Big South in victories with three this season.
Close Games the Norm
• PC has already played 13 one-run games with seven others decided by three runs or less.
• The Blue Hose are 7-6 in one-run games with a 11-9 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.
Starting Pitchers Settling In
• In its last eight games, PC starting pitchers have compiled a 3.08 ERA, allowing 17 earned runs in 49.2 innings of work.
• Eric Miles, Brian Kehner, Hayden Deal, Tanner Chock and Jackson Dean have combined to record 53 strikeouts against 12 walks, while holding opposing hitters to a .254 mark.
• Miles worked 6.0 scoreless innings at USC Upstate on March 22, leaving the game with a 4-0 lead.
• 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 six-game hitting streak entering Tuesday’s contest and is now tied for the team-lead in RBIs with 16.
• The right-handed hitter has raised his average to .268 on the year over his last 11 games, going 14-for-41 (.341) to lead the team during that stretch with two doubles, a triple, a homer, eight runs, 11 RBIs, four walks and three stolen bases.
• On the year, Avery has stolen 12 bases on the season to lead the team and rank fourth 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 seven games going in to Tuesday’s action, since returning to the PC lineup on March 19.
• The third baseman is 9-for-18 (.500) over his last seven games with four walks, a double, four runs and three RBIs.
• He has raised his average from .196 to .275 during the seven-game streak.