On the road again - to Charleston
Baseball Begins Road Trip with Three-Game Series at The Citadel
• Who: Presbyterian (10-6) at The Citadel (7-10)
• When: *Friday (5 p.m.), *Saturday (1 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
• Where: Charleston
• Live Stats: GoBlueHose.com
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
* - Note the time changes for Friday and Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather
Series Histories (since 2008)
• PC vs. The Citadel – The Citadel leads 7-2
- At The Citadel – The Citadel leads 7-1
• Friday – LHP Brian Kehner (PC) vs. RHP JP Sears
• Saturday – RHP Tanner Chock (PC) vs. RHP Thomas Byelick
• Sunday – TBA (PC) vs. RHP Jacob Watcher
• PC begins a 12-game road trip with its three-game series against the Bulldogs this weekend. The Blue Hose will not return home until April 8 when they begin a three-game series against Winthrop.
• The Blue Hose have been able to get on the board early in games, scoring first in 13 of their 16 games and outscoring their opponents 24-3 in the first inning.
• The Blue Hose currently lead the Big South in hits per game (11.25) and fielding percentage (.977), while ranking second in a number of offensive categories, including runs per game (7.81), stolen bases per game (1.63), hits (180) and batting average (.315). On the mound, PC leads the league in fewest hits allowed (134) and comes in second in opponent batting average (.249).
• Nationally, PC ranks 28th in batting average, 38th in hits and 43rd in fielding percentage.
Weyenberg Named Big South Player of the Week
• Tyler Weyenberg batted .529 in four games last week with two doubles, a home run, six runs, six RBIs and two stolen bases to earn Big South Player of the Week. He recorded three multi-hit games, including two three-hit games, and had at least one run in all four games.
• Weyenberg finished out the weekend in strong fashion with back-to-back multi-hit games. He went 3-for-5 with a double, a run and two RBIs in PC’s 11-1 win over Omaha on Saturday. The left-handed hitter then went 2-for-5, including his first home run of the season, with two runs and three RBIs, as PC defeated Bowling Green, 6-5, on Sunday.
• It is the first Big South Player or Pitcher of the Week honor for PC since 2014 when Chandler Knox was named Pitcher of the Week on May 18. Nate Chong also earned Player of the Week honors earlier that same season.
• Weyenberg is 10th in the conference batting average (.385) and fourth in stolen bases (7) this season. He is also third in the Big South in hits per game (1.56) and tied for fourth in runs per game (1.00).
Scouting The Citadel
• The Citadel comes in to the weekend series with a 7-10 record overall, after dropping two midweek games at home to Clemson.
• Clay Martin leads the Bulldogs at the plate with a .333 batting average, while Drew Ellis leads the team with 15 RBIs and six extra-base hits.
• On the mound, Thomas Byelick has compiled a 2.42 ERA with eight runs allowed (seven earned) in 26.0 innings pitched. JP Sears and Jacob Watcher each have a 2-1 record.
Kehner Impressive to Start the Season
• Lefty Brian Kehner has compiled a 4-0 record with a Big South-best 0.68 ERA in four starts this season. He has allowed just two runs on 13 hits in 26.1 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts against three walks. Opposing hitters are batting just .144 against him on the year. He has put together three straight quality starts, going seven innings in each one.
• Kehner recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts against La Salle on March 5, which ranks tied for second-most by a PC pitcher in the school’s Division I era (since 2008).
• His four wins rank tied for first in the nation so far this season with 27 players tied at the mark, including two others from the Big South. Kehner has a league-best 0.62 WHIP, sixth nationally, while ranking in the top 10 in the Big South in strikeouts (24) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00).
Johnson Leading the Conference, Fourth Nationally in Batting
• Peter Johnson is batting .475 on the year to lead the Big South in the category. He ranks fourth nationally in the category, as Little Rock’s Ryan Scott leads the nation with a .492 average. The next closest player in the Big South is Gardner-Webb’s Collin Thacker with a .423 average.
• The senior first baseman has also compiled a conference-leading .580 on-base percentage, which also ranks sixth nationally. He has recorded a hit in 10 of 13 games played this season with seven multi-hit games and has reached base in all 13 games in which he has played.
• Johnson also ranks eighth in the league in slugging percentage (.575) and is seventh in the league in hits per game (1.46).
Jackson Picking Up Where He Left Off
• Weston Jackson is batting .410 on the year with a team-high-tying 25 hits, seven doubles, three home runs, 15 runs and a team-high 17 RBIs. He has hit safely in 15 of 17 games this season with 10 multi-hit games, including six of his last seven, and five multi-RBI games.
• Before going hitless on Wednesday, Jackson had hit in seven straight games with six straight multi-hit games. During the stretch, he batted .467 (14-for-30) with five doubles, two home runs, six runs and 11 RBIs.
• He ranks tied for second in the Big South in doubles (7) and tied for third in hits per game (1.56) with teammate Tyler Weyenberg. He is fourth in batting average (.410), third in slugging percentage (.672) and tied for fifth in hits (25).
• Jackson batted .395 with 17 hits, two home runs, nine runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games last season, before suffering a season-ending injury.
Players Rank Nationally
• Brett Auckland is second in the conference with 18 walks on the season, which places him 12th nationally. He is averaging 1.13 walks per game, which is second in the Big South and 15 nationally.
• Tyler Weyenberg and Auckland each have three sac flies on the season, which puts them 17th in the nation in the category.
• Jacob Midkiff ranks as the 39th toughest to strikeout, averaging one strikeout per 21.7 at-bats.