• Who: Presbyterian (21-22, 9-6 Big South) vs. Gardner-Webb (21-19, 8-7 Big South)
• When: Friday – 3 p.m. | Saturday – 2 p.m. | Sunday – 1 p.m. (Senior Day)
• Where: PC Baseball Complex – Clinton, S.C.
• Live Stats: GoBlueHose.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
• Admission is free
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - GWU leads 20-7
• at PC - Tied 6-6
• Senior Day is set for Sunday, as PC will honor its 10 seniors prior to the series finale against the Runnin' Bulldogs.
• PC and Gardner-Webb met four times last season with the Runnin' Bulldogs taking three of the four outings, including a 5-3 victory in the Big South Tournament in Lexington, S.C.
• The Blue Hose enter the weekend tied for second in the Big South standings with a 9-6 mark in conference action, same as Liberty with both one game back of Winthrop.
• PC is second in the Big South in hits (378) and leads the league in sac bunts (40). The Blue Hose come in third in the league in ERA (4.57), fourth in opposing batting average (.262) and fourth in strikeouts (308).
• In conference action, PC leads the league with a 2.39 ERA and is second in opponent batting average with a .232 average.
• The Blue Hose rank eighth nationally in sac bunts.
• The Runnin' Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 21-19 overall record and an 8-7 mark in the Big South. They topped Furman 5-0 on Wednesday after dropping two of three to Liberty last weekend.
• GWU is batting .267 as a team with 51 home runs on the year. They are led by Colin Thacker with a .354 average, 12 doubles and 33 RBIs. Danny Sullivan leads the team with 12 home runs.
• Gardner-Webb holds a 5.46 ERA as a team with opponents hitting .303 against them this season. They are led by Bradley Hallman with a 3.22 ERA, while Zach Mosay has a team-high five wins.
Players Rank in Big South and Nationally
• Brian Kehner leads the Big South in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.71) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.90). He ranks 13th and 10th in the nation in two categories, respectively.
• Eric Miles and Kehner sit fifth and sixth in the Big South, respectively, with ERAs of 2.89 and 2.97.
• Hayden Deal has totaled 57 strikeouts, good for second in the Big South.
• Cletis Avery and Tyler Weyenberg are tied for third in the Big South in sac bunts with eight apiece. TJ Richardson is fifth with seven sac bunts.
• Avery is fifth in the conference in stolen bases (16) and ranks 38th nationally.
• Ryan Hedrick is third the Big South in saves (6) and ranks 67th nationally.
• Brian Kehner and Eric Miles lead the team with four wins this season, tied for seventh in the Big South.
Casaceli Getting on Base
• Senior Glen Casaceli saw his reached base streak reach 20 games last Friday before coming to an end in game one of Saturday's game.
• The third baseman collected a hit in 17 of the 20 games with at least one walk in the remaining three games.
• The righty moved in to the leadoff spot on April 4, where he has remained since, going 19-for-51 (.373) with 10 runs and four RBIs, while drawing seven walks for a .432 on-base percentage.
• Casaceli recorded nine-game hitting streak from March 19 to April 7. He then recorded a seven-game hitting streak from April 9-21 to collect a hit in 16 of his last 17 games at the time.
• Since the reach base streak started on March 10, Casaceli has seen his batting average improve from .190 to a team-high .317.
Friday is for the Captain
• Senior captain left-handed pitcher Brian Kehner has certainly proved to be every bit a Friday starter.
• Over his last six starts, Kehner is 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA, allowing just six earned runs in 44.2 innings pitched with 31 strikeouts against four walks.
• The lefty leads the Big South in innings pitched in conference games (35.2), while ranking third with a 1.51 ERA in Big South action.
• He earned his first career shutout in his first 9.0 inning complete game vs. Army on March 17, allowing just two hits in a 9-0 victory with eight strikeouts against one walk.
• Kehner has worked at least 7.0 innings in seven of his 10 starts with two complete games. He has recorded three outings with zero earned runs and has not allowed more than three runs in any Big South start this season.
• Brett Auckland has quietly put together an eight-game hitting streak entering play this weekend.
• The lefty is 12-for-25 (.480) with three doubles, a homer, five runs and five RBIs over the eight-game stretch.
• Auckland has a pair of three-hit games during the streak, both coming on Wednesdays against Furman and Duke.
• The streak has allowed him to raise his batting to .308, second-highest mark on the team to date.
Weekend Starters Strong in Big South Play
• In its five Big South series, PC starters have compiled a 2.39 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs in 101.2 innings of work.
• Brian Kehner, Tanner Chock and Hayden Deal have combined to record 85 strikeouts against 29 walks, while holding opposing hitters to a .239 average during the 15 games.
• Kehner has tossed 7.0 innings with no earned runs on two occassions during conference play, doing so against UNC Asheville and Winthrop.
• Chock worked a complete game against Radford on April 1, allowing just one run on five hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts.
• Deal then worked his first career complete game against Winthrop on April 9, allowing just one run on one hit with seven strikeouts against one walk.
Avery Records Longest Hitting Streak This Year
• Senior Cletis Avery had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on April 14 at Longwood. The senior went 14-for-42 (.333) with a double, a triple, a homer, 10 runs and nine RBIs in the longest streak by a PC player this season.
• The right-handed hitter had raised his average to .269 on the year at the conclusion of the streak, while also going 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts over the 11-game stretch.
• On the season now, Avery has stolen 16 bases on the season to lead the team and rank second in the Big South in that category. He is also third on the team in RBIs (24).
Coleman Homers Twice Against High Point
• Thatcher Coleman hit his first two home runs in a PC uniform in PC's 13-1 win over High Point on Friday.
• The righty hit solo shots in the third and eighth innings, both going out to left field at the PC Baseball Complex.
• It was the first two-homer game by a PC player since last season when Ryan Hedrick hit two home runs at UNC Asheville on April 2.
• As a team, PC hit three home runs in the game, its second three-homer game of the year after also doing so against NC Central on April 4.
PC Wins Three Straight Big South Series
• PC recorded three straight conference series victories with series wins over Radford, Winthrop and Longwood.
• The Blue Hose capped off the series streak by taking two of three at Longwood from April 13-15. PC dropped the series opener in touch-luck fashion, 2-1, before responding in kind with a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
• PC then took the series finale 10-2 to improve to 8-4 in the Big South at the time. It headed to the ninth with a slim 3-2 lead but rallied for seven runs in its final at-bat to pull for the big victory.
• It was the first time since 2012 that PC won three straight series against Big South foes.