ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson University baseball team will be looking to snap a four-game skid when the Trojans square off against Limestone on Wednesday. First-pitch versus the Saints is slated for 6 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C.
WHO: Anderson Trojans (8-16) at Limestone Saints (11-15)
WHERE: Founders FCU Stadium
WHEN: Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Live Stats: AUTROJANS.COM
Anderson is 8-16 on the season after dropping the first four matchups of the season-high road swing and is searching for its second road victory of the campaign.
Sophomore Dillon Carpenter enters the midweek contest on a 10-game hitting streak and leads the Trojans with a .333 batting average, while sophomore Matthew Overton paces the squad with 21 walks on the year and is batting .329. The Spartanburg, S.C., native has reached base safely in 23 consecutive games. Senior William Thomas is on an eight-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average 45 points over the last seven games. Redshirt freshman Chandler Castleberry has started every game and boasts a .314 batting average, while ranking third in the South Atlantic Conference with eight home runs on the season.
The pitching trio of Will Gee, Austin Todd and Christian Carpenter each have two wins on the season, while left-hander Matthew Stanley paces the bullpen with a pair of saves. Freshman right-hander Justin Helms has the team's lowest ERA (3.00) in five relief appearances, while Gee continues to lead the Trojans with 26 Ks in 27 1/3 innings of work.
LAST TIME OUT
The Trojans recorded 35 hits and scored 19 runs, but were unable to overcome an uncharacteristic 13 errors and were swept by Carson-Newman in a three-game conference series last weekend.
Carpenter was 6-for-12 on the weekend, with a pair of doubles and four RBI, while Overton was 4-for-8 and drew four walks during the three-game set. Thomas was 7-for-15 and ripped a pair of doubles, with Jackson Strange driving in six runs and posting an .818 slugging percentage.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Limestone was tabbed to finish fifth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll after posting a 22-25 overall record a year ago and finishing seventh with a 10-17 mark in conference play.
The Saints (11-15) dropped three straight decisions to nationally-ranked Belmont Abbey last weekend and have suffered losses in seven of their last eight outings since opening the month of March by taking two out of three from Francis Marion.
Junior third baseman Chase Allen and redshirt junior shortstop Zach Piazza were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-Southeast Region Team in late January, while also being named as players to watch in Conference Carolinas this season, along with senior outfielder/pitcher Matt Orth.
THE SERIES vs. LIMESTONE
The Trojans and Saints have met 65 times since the 1998 season, with Limestone leading the all-time series, 33-32.
The Trojans jump back into South Atlantic Conference action this weekend with a three-game series at Tusculum. First-pitch on Friday in Greeneville Tenn., is slated for 6 p.m.