CSU to face Alabama in football

Road trips to face Alabama, Troy, and The Citadel, in addition to Big South home games against Coastal Carolina and Liberty, highlight the 2015 Charleston Southern football schedule, released on Tuesday.

For the second consecutive year, CSU will face two FBS programs, making trips to Alabama (Nov. 21) and Troy (Sept. 12). The Bucs also will face two first-year FCS programs in East Tennessee State and Kennesaw State. KSU is the newest member of the Big South Conference and will be the Bucs’ final road trip of the conference season on Nov. 7.

Bucs’ head coach Jamey Chadwell, who is 18-7 in his two seasons at CSU, sees an exciting mix of college football’s elite as well as local and conference rivals in the Bucs’ 2015 slate.

“I am excited about the opportunities that we have for our 2015 schedule,” Chadwell said Tuesday. “We have our Big South games with two of our biggest rivals being at home. It’s also exciting to have the opportunity to play Troy, which has a rich tradition, and obviously Alabama, with their history of national prominence, the numerous championships and the atmosphere of Bryant-Denney Stadium.”

The Bucs will open their home slate with a pair of Thursday night games. CSU’s season opener is North Greenville on Sept. 3 at Buccaneer Field. The Bucs are 11-1 all-time against North Greenville and 1-0 under Chadwell.

Chadwell will face his alma mater in the Bucs’ second Thursday night game when ETSU visits Charleston. ETSU is a first-year program restarting football and is a member of the Southern Conference. Chadwell played quarterback at ETSU and graduated from there in 2000.

CSU opens Big South play at home against Monmouth on Oct. 10. Followed by road trips to Presbyterian (Oct. 17) and Gardner-Webb (Oct. 24)

The Bucs’ marquee Big South home contests against Coastal Carolina (Oct. 31) and Liberty (Nov. 14) are late in the season. CSU will host Coastal Carolina on Halloween, while Liberty visits for homecoming and Senior Day in mid-November. The Bucs knocked off the Flames in their Big South finale last season, 38-36.

Charleston Southern will hold its spring game at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning at Buccaneer Field.

Schedule is as follows:

Sept. 3 — North Greenville; Sept. 12 — at Troy; Sept. 17 — East Tennessee State; Sept. 26 —

at The Citadel; Oct. 10 — Monmouth; Oct. 17 — at Presbyterian; Oct. 24 — at Gardner-Webb;

Oct. 31 — Coastal Carolina; Nov. 7 — at Kennesaw State; Nov. 14 — Liberty; Nov. 21 — at Alabama.

For the second time this season, Charleston Southern senior women’s tennis player Yvonne Hubler was named the Big South Conference Player of the Week after leading the Bucs to back-to-back 7-0 wins over Savannah State and Wofford.

Hubler lined at no. 1 singles for the first time this season last Saturday against Savannah State and topped her opponent 7-5, 6-0. She also teamed up with Nicolin Luecke in doubles play to clinch the CSU sweep with an 8-0 win over the Tigers.

Sunday’s action in Spartanburg again saw the Nordenham, Germany, native go undefeated as she topped her opponent in singles play, 6-4, 6-2. Hubler and Luecke clinched the CSU doubles point with their 8-3 win as the Bucs improved to 3-0 with the win.

The Player of the Week honor was Hubler’s second of the 2015 season after previously winning the award on the opening week of the season for her performance at the Duckworth Winter Classic on Jan. 21.

College of Charleston junior righty Nathan Helvey was named the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week.

Helvey, a native of Fort Mill, scattered five hits and allowed only an unearned run over 6.2 innings in CofC’s 4-3 victory to cap the crosstown series sweep of The Citadel.

After minimizing damage in the first couple frames, he settled in to retire 12 consecutive batters between the third and seventh innings and matched his career high with eight strikeouts.

Helvey becomes the second Cougar pitcher to receive the weekly honor in as many weeks, following Taylor Clarke, who was honored for his role in the Cougars’ opening-day victory over the 10th-ranked Gamecocks.

College of Charleston freshmen outfielder Taylor DuPree was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

DuPree, an Evans, Ga., native, was instrumental in helping the Cougars to a 3-1 weekend in the Cougar Classic Tournament, while going 8-of-13 (.615 BA) from the plate, moving CofC to 7-4 on the season.

The lefty leadoff registered multiple hits and a walk in each of the four games over the weekend. She also scored seven runs, stole three bases and batted in two runs.

On the season, DuPree leads CofC with a .471 batting average, 14 runs scored, 16 hits, seven walks and six stolen bases.

The College of Charleston hosted the six-team Cougar Classic Tournament on Feb. 20-22. Pittsburgh and CofC both recorded a 3-1 record over the weekend. Appalachian State and UMass each went 2-2, while Bowling Green and Winthrop finished at 1-3.

Making the All-Tournament Team from the College of Charleston were Taylor DuPree (MVP),

Chandler Frisbie, Carly Hansis and Taylor DuPree.

Charleston Southern climbed one spot and finished tied for second with No. 46 Georgia Southern at the rain-shortened 2015 Wexford Invitational on Tuesday. Teams finished their incomplete second rounds in wet and near-freezing temperatures in the morning and the scheduled final round was canceled due to travel concerns and playing conditions to wrap up the Buccaneers’ first event of the spring.

The Bucs finished at 593 (+17) in the 36-hole event. Their 291 in the opening round was the second-lowest total of the event, just behind tournament champion Wofford. The Terriers won by seven strokes at 586 (+10). The Bucs finished 12 strokes better than any of the other three Big South teams in the field (Radford, Presbyterian and Campbell).

CSU’s second-place finish in the 19-team field is its best this year and it was sparked by a freshman who carried their fall momentum straight into the new season.

Freshman R.J. finished tied for ninth, his first career top 10. He was 3-over in his final round with a 75.

Junior Nico Baena was 1-over on his five holes on Tuesday morning to close the second round with a 1-over 73. He finished tied for 16th at 149 (+5).

Senior Jarrett Swan and sophomore Austin James tied for 22nd. Swan closed with a 76 (+4) and James fired a 78 (+6) to end their event.

South Carolina Stingrays forward and team captain Andrew Rowe was named the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week.

Rowe, 27, scored two goals and six assists for eight points and was a +7 in four games last week as the Stingrays extended their winning streak to a season-high 10 games.