BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – College of Charleston (13-11, 4-4) continues its tough conference schedule with a trip to the defending SoCon Tournament champion Samford Bulldogs (15-10, 5-4) this weekend.
College of Charleston will play at 7 p.m. ET on Friday night, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. ET.
In the first four weeks of the conference season, College of Charleston will faced the 2012 SoCon Regular Season Co-Champion (Appalachian State), 2012 SoCon Tournament Champion (Samford) and the first and second teams of the 2013 SoCon Preseason Coaches Poll (Elon, Western Carolina).
The Cougars are coming off a tough 3-1 loss to the 14th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks at Patriots Point. Charleston allowed two runs in the first inning, but the pitching and defense clamped on the two-time national champions and held USC to a single sacrifice fly RBI for the rest of the game. CofC scored a run on a two-out RBI double from Tyler Jackson, but ended up stranding five runners on base and could not close the gap.
College of Charleston will be playing its first doubleheader of the season this weekend, having two games on Saturday afternoon before taking Easter Sunday off. Freshman Nathan Helvey got the start against South Carolina on a limited pitch count, and he will have to make the quick turnaround to pitch in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
All of three of the weekend’s games will be aired audio only for free on the Charleston Sports Network through CofCSports.com. Will Bryan will be on the call for all three games.
Series vs. Samford
The Bulldogs hold a slight lead in the all-time series, 8-7. Last season, College of Charleston took two of three from Samford at Patriots Point. When the Cougars last played in Birmingham in 2011, Samford won the final two games of the series after a Friday night CofC victory.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Samford is coming off of a big weekend sweep of SoCon upstart Furman to bring their conference record to 5-4. The Bulldogs had previously lost series to Citadel and Georgia Southern.
Samford star C.K. Irby won both the Player and Pitcher of the Week award this past week after hitting .562 with a pair of home runs, six RBI and eight runs scored. On the mound, the junior righty threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 16 and not walking a batter in a win over Furman last Friday.