Monthly Archives: March 2012
The Chanticleers are ranked 25th in today’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll. This is the sixth consecutive season that they have been ranked in the top 25.
Coastal is coming off a three-game series sweep of Albany last weekend, including a thrilling come-from-behind rally on Sunday where the Chants scored nine unanswered runs to take a 12-8 victory. They have now won nine straight and have an overall record of 16-6 and are 13-3 for the month of March.
Coastal Carolina plays Wednesday at Chapel Hill where they take on the 5th ranked Tar Heels of UNC.
My regular Coastal Carolina baseball weekend preview has been expanded to include the entire Big South Conference. It is available on SEBaseball.com and you can read it by clicking here.
If you are a serious college baseball fan, then SEBaseball needs no introduction. If you haven’t read it, give it a try – it’s well worth it.
The Big South Conference has selected senior right fielder Daniel Bowman as the Player of the Week for games played March 5-11.
In six games last week, all he did was hit for the cycle, score seven times, knock in six RBI and bat .538 with an on-base percentage of .581 and a .769 slugging percentage.
That’s pretty good. Congrats DBow.
UPDATE: Bowman adds National Player of the Week Honor
CONWAY – One day after being honored by the Big South Conference, senior Daniel Bowman was named the National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Bowman, listed by ESPN.com as one of the top 15 returning seniors for 2012, batted .538 (14-26) in six games last week, recorded multiple hits in all six contests and tallied an RBI in five of the six outings. He scored seven times, had six RBI and hit for the cycle over the week with a double, triple and home run. He also walked three times, stole two bases, put down a sacrifice bunt and hit a sacrifice fly to help the Chanticleers win four games. Bowman was 3-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI vs. Toledo on March 9, and was 3-5 vs. Marist on March 10. He accounted for three of Coastal’s four runs in the 4-1 win over Ohio State on Saturday. Bowman finished the week with a .581 on-base percentage, a .769 slugging percentage and was perfect on his 13 fielding chances.
Bowman has a nine-game hit streak going and has reached base safely (by hit/walk/hit by pitch) in 11 straight games. Bowman now has his career batting average over .300 (.301) due to his performance this past week. He is batting .392 for the season.
On the CCU career list, Bowman ranks:
– 14th in games played (199)
– 10th in games started (197)
– 5th in at bats (777)
– 9th in runs scored (162)
– 12th in hits (234)
– 15th in doubles (42)
– 8th in triples (8)
– 4th in home runs (41)
– 4th in RBI (174)
– 5th in total bases (415)
This is the first time Bowman has earned a national weekly award. Last season, he was selected Southeast Region Player of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com after leading CCU to a sweep over Liberty, going 5-for-11 at the plate with all five hits being extra base hits.
Tucker Frawley singled in the winning run in the 12th inning with the bases loaded as the Chants defeated Ohio State 3-2. That makes it two wins over the Buckeyes in the last two days.
Coastal ended up going 2-2 for the weekend, dropping extra-inning games to Toledo 10-7 (11) and Marist 5-4 (14) respectively. Ohio State, on the other hand, clobbered both of those teams. The Buckeyes defeated Marist 17-2 and Toledo 13-1.
There’s a question just hanging out there. So, I’ll just ask it.
How is it that Coastal can lose to Toledo and Marist and beat OSU twice?
Coastal Carolina took two yesterday, defeating Toledo 10-4 and UNC Wilmington 8-6 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
Yesterday I wrote that it should be a great opportunity for the Chanticleer bats to get hot and they did.
Coastal Carolina 10, Toledo 4
In the third inning, Rockets cleanup batter Mark Lapikas did exactly that – cleaned up. He hit a grand slam to give Toledo a 4-2 lead.
Coastal countered by batting around, +1. Five of the ten Chants hit successfully and produced 6 runs, highlighted by Tripp Martin’s three-run double.
Lucky 13 – The Chanticleers had a season high thirteen hits and equaled their season total for doubles – four. Ten runs is also a season best.
Freshmen pitching – LHP Javier Reynosa picked up the win on a predetermined split. He went three innings, giving up the grand slam (unearned) on two hits and one walk. RHP Patrick Corbett came on in relief for three innings, striking out three while giving up no runs, hits or walks. RHP Chris Harrison closed out the final three for the save, giving up one hit and one walk.
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Coastal 8, UNC Wilmington 6
The Chanticleers scored eight runs over two innings and held on to top the Diamond Hawks 8-6 in game two at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
Big Innings – Nine Chants batted in the first and the fourth to score four runs in each.
Ted Blackman led off the first with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Rich Witten walked followed by Dan Bowman’s RBI single. Tucker Frawley, RBI double, Alex Buccilli and Sloan Gilliam, each with RBI singles, closed out the scoring.
The Chanticleers scored four more in the fourth inning, highlighted by Rich Witten’s three-run double down the left field line.
Junior RHP Aaron Burke (3-0) came on in relief and picked up the win. He went three and two-thirds innings striking out four while not allowing any runs, hits or walks. That’s impressive.
The wheel wobbles but it doesn’t fall off – The Seahawks battled back in the ninth. They made it 8-6 on a two-run home run. A hit-by-pitch and a bunt single would bring the go ahead run to the plate, but Chanticleer closer Ryan Connolly would get two ground outs to end the game.
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Tuning up and building confidence. Coastal Carolina has the talent to be a successful ball club this year. Here are a few numbers that show that the bats are turning around: Bowman (.303) four for eight for the day; Martin (.429) four for six; and Justin Creel (.450) three of six for the day.
The Chanticleers have added a game this afternoon against Toledo. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. The game originally scheduled against UNC-Wilmington has been moved to 5:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
Coastal added the game against Toledo to make up for two games that were cancelled last week because of rain. Expect the Chanticleers to add another game soon.
The Rockets (3-7) were able to play today because they are spending their spring break in SC. They were swept at Furman in a three game series last weekend and lost a close one at College of Charleston last night 0-2. They are already scheduled to play in the upcoming Chanticleer Classic this weekend.
The Chants face off against UNC Wilmington in game two of today’s DH. The Seahawks were picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association pre-season conference poll and come to Conway with an overall record of 3-8.
Coastal won both contests last year against the Diamond Hawks, 11-4 in Wilmington and 12-3 in Conway.
UNC-W is coming off back-to-back losses at home last Sunday to UNC Asheville (2-7) and NC State (3-8).
Today should be a great opportunity for the Chanticleer bats to get hot.
Day two of the Coastal Carolina Invitational was cancelled due to rain. The Chanticleers lost to Pittsburgh (1-3) on Friday and defeated Illinois (5-4) on Sunday.
Coastal Carolina is now 4-4 on the season.
Pittsburgh 3, Coastal Carolina 1
Pittsburgh defeated the Chanticleers 3-1 Friday at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field to open up the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Conway, SC. As advertised, the game featured two quality pitchers who turned in first-rate performances.
RHP Tyler Herb (2-1) went five innings for the Chants, striking out five while giving up three runs (2 unearned) on three hits and three walks. Herb was in control throughout most of the game and other than a solo HR in the sixth inning, the Panthers never really hit him hard.
LHP Matt Iannazzo (2-0) went five and two-thirds innings giving up one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked three. Throughout the game he was able to hit his spots and very effective in getting his breaking ball over consistently.
The difference in the game was timely hitting and errors. Pitt was able to capitalize on some timely hits and two Coastal errors. Although Coastal outhit the visitors, they just couldn’t string them together for any runs.
The Chants led off the seventh inning with back-to-back singles but failed to produce a run.
In the eighth, Dan Bowman singled with runners on first and second for a two out RBI.
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Coastal Carolina 5, Illinois 4
The Chanticleers scored three unearned runs in the first inning and held on to beat Illinois 5-4 yesterday at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
Reversal of Roles – Coastal was able to take advantage of the other team’s errors in the first inning to go ahead 3-0.
Highlight of the Game – One manufactured run. Alex Buccilli led of the fourth with a walk and stole second. He went to third on a Justin Creel sacrifice bunt and scored on a Keith Picconi sacrifice to left field.
Freshman LHP Ben Smith went four innings for the Chants, striking out five while giving up two hits and one run. Winning pitcher Aaron Burke (2-0) went 1 and one-third innings while yielding two hits and a run.
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The Chanticleers return to action Wednesday against UNC-Wilmington at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
I’m calling this preview part one not because it’s too voluminous for a single post, but because this has been a tremendously busy week at the office. Therefore, here’s a brief preview of Friday’s game against Pittsburgh. I hope to put up another preview – St. John’s and Illinois – sometime before Saturday’s first pitch.
The Chanticleers host Pittsburgh, St. John’s and Illinois in the Coastal Carolina Invitational at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field on March 2-5.
Here is the schedule:
Friday March 2, 2012
St. John’s v. Illinois – 12:00 p.m. at BB&T Coastal Field
Coastal v. Pittsburgh – 4:00 p.m. at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field
Saturday March 3, 2012
Illinois v. Pittsburgh – 1:00 p.m. at BB&T Coastal Field
Coastal Carolina v. St. John’s – 1:30 p.m. at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field
Coastal Carolina v. Illinois – 6:00 p.m. at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field
Sunday March 4, 2012
Pittsburgh v. St. John’s – 12:00 p.m. at BB&T Coastal Field
Coastal Carolina v. Illinois – 12:00 p.m. at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field
The Chanticleers enter the weekend with a 3-3 record. Here is a brief look at:
The Panthers are in the Palmetto State for the second weekend in a row. They make the trip to Conway from Wofford where they went 2-1 against the Terriers.
Although the Panthers were 33-23 last year and finished the season in third place in the Big East conference, they were selected to finish eighth in this year’s preseason conference coaches’ poll. Coach Joe Jordano who is in his 15th season at Pitt, may have something to say about that.
Jordano has an excellent pitcher returning as well as other key starters. Despite this year’s single game losses to Iowa, Northwestern and Indiana, the team seems to be playing well and could make some noise in Conway this weekend. It also can’t hurt to be coming off of a series win on the road.
For the third consecutive weekend, the Chants will face outstanding pitching. They can expect to see senior ace Matt Iannazzo get the start today. Last year he was 8-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 62 strikeouts. He is also on the Preseason All-Big East First Team and named by College Baseball Insider as one of the top starters in the Conference.
Key to the Game: The Coastal bats. The Chanticleers have got to get the sticks going if they are to be competitive – especially at the top level.
So far this season the Chants have produced 18 runs and enter today’s game with a team batting average hovering at the Mendoza line (.201).
I thought the Chants showed great progress last weekend. Justin Creel (.444), Tucker Frawley (.333) and Sloan Gilliam (.250) lead the team. Hitting is contagious and it’s just a matter of time before the others catch their stride.
Tyler Herb (2-0, .64 ERA) is expected to start for the Chanticleers. He has been absolutely brilliant this year. He will get a chance to face some solid hitting today. The Panthers have a team batting average of .321 and have scored 69 runs on 86 hits.
Panthers at the plate: Rick Devereaux (.455) has three home runs, 17 RBI and a .848 slugging percentage. Anthony Defabio (.565) has six RBI, and a .697 on-base percentage. Casey Roche (.462) has 11 RBI. Stephen Vranka (.407) has four RBI and a .500 on-base percentage.
The Pitt freshmen are also contributing. Boo Vazques is batting at .292 while Elvin Soto is at .300 with nine RBI and two HRs.
I have always heard that good pitching beats good hitting. This could be the game to put that old adage to the test.