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Baseball at the Beach – Illinois

Coastal Carolina faces the University of Illinois today at 2:30 at Ticket Return. Com Field.

Although both teams entered the tournament with identical records, the Chants bested common opponent George Mason 3-2 on Thursday while UI dropped a 3-0 decision to the Patriots yesterday.

Offense – Illinois can pound it out. They scored 29 runs last weekend.

Defense – Unfortunately, they also gave up 28 runs last weekend.

Pitching – Red shirt junior Drasen Johnson is the probable starter for the Illini. The RHP recorded a career-high 10 strike outs against Georgia State last weekend.

Of note – Illinois led after seven innings in each loss last weekend.

Coastal leads the all-time series 2-1 and won the last meeting 5-4 on March 4, 2014.

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Baseball at the Beach 2014 Preview – Part One

Coastal Carolina welcomes George Mason, Illinois,Wichita State and Connecticut to Myrtle Beach for the Caravelle Resort’s annual Baseball at the Beach Tournament at TicketReturn.Com Field.

Here is the schedule:

THURSDAY
Feb. 20  George Mason at Coastal Carolina      4:00 pm

FRIDAY
Feb. 21  George Mason vs. Illinois             Noon   
         Wichita State vs. Connecticut         4:00 pm
SATURDAY
Feb. 22  Wichita State vs. George Mason       10:00 am
         Illinois at Coastal Carolina          1:30 pm
         George Mason vs. Connecticut          5:00 pm
SUNDAY
Feb. 23  Illinois vs. Wichita State            9:30 am
         Connecticut at Coastal Carolina       1:30 pm             

MONDAY
Feb. 24  Wichita State at Coastal Carolina     4:00 pm

The Chanticleers are 1-2 after the opening weekend against Pitt. Here is a brief look at George Mason. I hope to put up another preview sometime before first pitch on Saturday. 

George Mason is 3-0 and put up 43 runs last weekend in Spartanburg. The Patriots defeated Morehead State twice with scores of 14-4 and 22-5. They also blanked USC Upstate 7-0.  

Senior infielder Chris Cook and senior catcher Tobin Tucker lead the Patriot offense. Cook (.615) has two homeruns and nine runs scored. Tucker (.571) has seven RBI.

On the mound, the Chants can expect to see senior Jared Gaynor. The senior LHP is one of two Patriot starters with a 0.00 ERA.

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Opening Day

The Chanticleers open the 2014 season against the University of Pittsburgh at 4:00 p.m. today at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

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Coastal at Carolina – CCU baseball at UNC

The Chanticleers head up Tobacco Road today to take on the nation’s number one baseball team in the Tar Heels of UNC.

First pitch is set for 6:00 PM at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

This is the second matchup this season between the Chants (24-12, 10-2) and the Heels (34-2, 15-2). They played an add-on game earlier this year and the Heels won 7-1.

This is the most important game of the year for Coastal. Not because it’s a game against the number one team in the nation. Not because it’s a chance to avenge an earlier loss. Those are good reasons to look forward to the game but the real reason this game is important is because of timing.

Both teams are playing well right now and enter this game riding nine game win streaks. The Chanticleers have won 17 of their last 19 games. Team batting average is up. They lead the Big South. They seem to have righted the ship.

Critics, however, will attribute this recent success to a lower quality opponent. Well, it doesn’t get any higher than today.

The Tar Heels, on the other hand, just continue to roll – They have only two losses for the entire year. It’s a midweek game for them and that’s exactly the way they will treat it. If they win, they were expected to win. If not, chalk it up to the old “non-weekend non-starter” nonsense. Midweek or not, if this game is close at the end – and it should be – watch Coach Fox. You better believe he’ll be coaching it like a trip to Omaha is on the line.

The Chants will win tonight’s game if they continue to play solid fundamental baseball. Expect a great start from So. LHP Austin Kerr followed by Coastal’s outstanding bullpen. Mix in some error free ball with clutch hitting and you’ll have a definite W for the Chanticleers.

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Coastal Carolina Baseball at Winthrop – Preview

The Chanticleers (21-12, 7-2) travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for a three-game series with the Eagles (12- 22, 2-7) at Winthrop Ball Park.  Game one is today at 6:00 PM; Game 2 is set for 3:00 PM on Saturday; and the final game on Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Both teams come into the series with momentum from big midweek wins. Coastal defeated College of Charleston 2-1 in a fourteen inning marathon Wednesday in Myrtle Beach. The Chants have now won six in a row and 10 out of their last 11 games.

Winthrop is riding Uncle Mo after an impressive 13-4 victory over Furman on Wednesday. Chanticleer fans may recall that Furman swept Coastal in a two game midweek series earlier this season.

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Coastal Carolina at Virginia Military Institute Preview

Coastal Carolina (13-11, 2-1) travels to Lexington, Va. to take on Virginia Military Institute (12-15, 1-2) in a three-game series at Gray-Minor Stadium. Game one is today at 5:00 PM and a doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday starting at 1:00 PM.

Audio for all three games will be broadcast live by the Chanticleer Sports Network. Saturday’s games will be available via webcast on the Big South Network.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Fri.: VMI LHP Connor Bach (1-2, 2.78) vs. Coastal LHP Ben Smith (2-1, 1.42)
Sat, Game 1: VMI LHP Campbell Henkel (1-2, 4.76) vs. Coastal RHP Tyler Poole (3-1, 2.96)
Sat., Game 2: VMI RHP Jeremy Brown (3-0, 2.96) vs. Coastal RHP Tyler Herb (3-1, 5.52)

Of Note

VMI is on a hot streak. The Keydets have won six of their last seven games, including Tuesday’s shutout of a very good Virginia Tech.

Coastal, on the other hand, is having an up-and-down season so far. After dropping a heartbreaking BSC opener last Friday, the Chants are on a two-game winning streak.

Key to the Series

Fundamental baseball – it’s that simple. The team that executes will when the series.  VMI has a slight edge in team hitting at .305 compared to Coastal’s .267 team average. Both squads are fielding at .954 and have more than their fair share of errors. The Keydets have booted the ball 46 times while the Chants have kicked it around 43 times.

The Chanticleers will win the series if they can muster up some run support.

So far this year timely hitting has been elusive for Coastal but it’s only a matter of time – hitting begets hitting. They’ll come around.

Prediction: CCU sweep.

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Coastal at Wake Forest

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers travel to Winston-Salemvs_coastal today to take on the Demon Deacons of Wake forest at 5:00 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field.

The Chants are 10-10 on the season and are looking to go above .500 before beginning conference play on Friday. The Deacs are 12-10 overall and 1-5 in ACC play.

I don’t know what is more surprising – the fact that the Chanticleers are playing .500 ball or that Friday night ace Tyler Herb is the projected starter for tonight’s match-up.

Herb has made five starts already and has a 5.73 ERA through 22.0 innings with 14 strikeouts.

The Chants won 10-2 in Conway in 2011 and have a 15-13 overall record against the Deacs.

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Burke and Connolly named to 2013 NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

Coastal Carolina senior pitchers Aaron Burke and Ryan Connolly were named to the initial watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, as announced by the association Friday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

From NCBWA Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NCBWA) — Seventy-five players have been named to the initial watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association on Friday.
Oregon junior Jimmie Sherfy, a 2012 Stopper of the Year Award finalist, and Texas junior Corey Knebel, the 2011 winner of the Stopper of the Year Award, headline the list of preseason nominees for the 2013 award.  Sherfy recorded 19 saves and went 5-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 93 strikeouts as the Ducks advanced to the 2012 Super Regionals. Last season as a sophomore, Knebel collected nine saves and went 4-5 with a 2.08 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched for the Longhorns.

Joining Sherfy, a first team preseason All-American by the NCBWA, and Knebel on the watch list is NCBWA 2013 first teamer Jonathan Holder from Oregon State and Michael Wagner of San Diego, a preseason first team selection.  Holder had nine saves a year ago with a 2-1 record and 0.32 ERA in 24 appearances as a freshman, while Wagner had 19 saves.

Among the other most notable nominees are members of the NCBWA preseason All-American second team (Michael Lorenzen of Cal State Fullerton, Tyler Webb of South Carolina, David Berg of UCLA and Tyler Burgess of Missouri State), along with third team member Colby Suggs of Arkansas.

The Southeastern Conference and the Pacific-12 Conference led the way with seven players each on this year’s watch list, while the Big South had six pitchers on the list.

Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 16, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.

From the list of finalists, the NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select a winner. The ninth annual winner will be announced in Omaha on Saturday, June 15, the opening day of the College World Series.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006 and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007. Georgia’s Joshua Fields topped the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbed the honor in 2009 and Texas’ Chance Ruffin earned the honor in 2010. Knebel won in 2011 with Southeastern Louisiana’s Stefan Lopez picking up the honor in 2012.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

Pitcher                          School                         Yr.

Brady Anderson                   Florida Gulf Coast              So.

Barrett Astin                          Arkansas                                Jr.

Kyle Bartsch                         South Alabama                    Sr.

David Berg                             UCLA                                       So.

Josh Biggs                              Evansville                              Sr.

Tony Bryant                         Oregon State                         Sr.

Michael Burchett               Sam Houston State             Sr.

Nick Burdi                            Louisville                                So.

Tyler Burgess                      Missouri State                      So.

Aaron Burke                        Coastal Carolina                  Sr.

Chase Byerly                       Butler                                       Sr.

Gunnar Carroll                    Army                                       Jr.

Will Chesney                       East Tennessee State        Jr.

Pat Christensen                  LaSalle                                    Sr.

Adam Cimber                      San Francisco                      Sr.

Ryan Connolly                    Coastal Carolina                 Sr.

Bret Dahlson                        Loyola Marymount          Jr.

Ryan Deeter                         UCLA                                     Jr.

Josh Dezse                            Ohio State                             Jr.

Matt Dunbar                         Arizona State                      Sr.

Todd Eaton                           Southern Illinois               Jr.

Eric Eck                                 Wofford                                 Jr.

Alex Facundus                     Tulane                                   Jr.

Scott Firth                              Clemson                               Sr.

Max Garner                          Baylor                                    Sr.

John Garrett                         VMI                                        Sr.

Michael Gomez                   FIU                                          Sr.

Joe Goodman                      High Point                            So.

John Gorman                       Boston College                   So.

Trevor Gott                           Kentucky                             Jr.

Zack Hartman                      UNLV                                     Jr.

Preston Hatcher                   Western Carolina            Sr.

Taylor Haydel                      Western Kentucky          Sr.

Nate Hill                                Troy                                        Sr.

Dylan Hills                            Southeastern Louisiana  Jr.

Jonathan Holder                  Mississippi State              So.

Brett Huber                           Mississippi                           Sr.

Chris Huffman                      James Madison                 So.

Kyle Kingsley                       North Dakota State          Sr.

Corey Knebel                       Texas                                      Jr.

Clark Labitan                        Virginia Tech                      Sr.

Steven Leasure                   South Florida                       Sr.

Brett Loeding                        Northern Kentucky         Sr.

Michael Lorenzen               Cal State Fullerton            Jr.

Ryan Mattes                         Campbell                                Sr.

Justin McCalvin                   Kennesaw State                  So.

Hobie McClain                     New Mexico                         Sr.

Ronnie Muck                        Illinois                                    Jr.

Jake Naumann                    Evansville                             Sr.

James Norwood                  Saint Louis                            So.

Kenny O’Brien                     George Washington          Sr.

Thomas Olson                     Dartmouth                             So.

Race Parmenter                  UC Irvine                               Sr.

Drew Reynolds                    East Carolina                       Jr.

Joel Rinehart                        Navy                                       Sr.

Bradley Roney                    Southern Miss                      So.

Reid Roper                           Illinois                                    So.

Kyle Ruchim                        Northwestern                        Jr.

A.J. Salcines                         Miami (Fla.)                          Jr.

Logan Scott                          California                              Sr.

Jimmie Sherfy                     Oregon                                  Jr.

Dan Slania                            Notre Dame                          Jr.

Michael Smith                     Dallas Baptist                       Sr.

Chad Sobotka                      USC Upstate                        So.

Colby Suggs                         Arkansas                               Jr.

Tim Swatek                           Fordham                               Jr.

David Teasley                      Mercer                                   Sr.

Kellen Urbon                        Cornell                                   So.

A.J. Vanegas                        Stanford                                 Jr.

Dylan Vogt                            Nebraska                              Sr.

Michael Wagner                  San Diego                             Jr.

Tyler Webb                           South Carolina                     Sr.

Nate Williams                       Kansas State                        So.

Mark Winkelman               Creighton                              Sr.

Nate Young                          Elon                                        Sr.

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Wrapping up the 2012 Coastal Carolina Baseball Season

The 2012 Chanticleer baseball season is over. Coastal was eliminated by Clemson in the Columbia Regional 5-3.  I’m a little bit late writing about it and for a couple of reasons. First, we have been extremely busy at the office and clients take priority as I have often said. Second, it’s just not fun to write that it’s over. Surprisingly though, I have had a few people ask me when I was going to blog about it. So, here is brief post wrapping up the season, including the Big South Tournament, the regional and the draft.

The Big South Tournament

Coastal Carolina won the Big South Tournament for an unprecedented sixth consecutive season. The Chanticleers also won the regular season championship for the sixth time in a row. They swept through the tournament with a 4-0 record and won the “winner-take-all” Championship Game against Liberty 4-3.

Chanticleer MVPs

Ryan Connolly (2-0) and Aaron Burke (2-0) were selected as Co-MVPs of the tournament. Connolly pitched 11 and one-third innings giving up nine hits, one walk while striking out nine. He did not allow a run. Burke went 9 and two-thirds innings giving up seven hits while allowing one run and no walks. He struck out five.

Photo by Paula Gardner

Let’s just take all that in for a minute. Connolly and Burke are relief pitchers and they accounted for all four of Coastal’s wins. Together they pitched 21 innings and only gave up one run.  That’s pretty solid.

Chants on the All-Tournament Team

Daniel Bowman, Rich Witten and Alex Buccilli were named to the All-Tournament Team: DBow hit .692 with seven runs scored; Hard hittin Witten hit .385 and knocked in eight runs; and the most famous batter in all of college baseball, Alex Buccilli, was the third Chanticleer on the team.

Photo by Paula Gardner

The 2012 Big South All-Tournament Team

P: Aaron Burke, Coastal Carolina (co-MVP); P: Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina (co-MVP)
P: Patrick Eckelbarger, Liberty
P: Beau Hilton, Gardner-Webb
DH: Alex Buccilli, Coastal Carolina
OF: Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina
OF: Devin Bujnovsky, High Point
OF: Benji Jackson, Gardner-Webb
INF: Rich Witten, Coastal Carolina
INF: Alex Close, Liberty
INF: Ryan Retz, High Point
INF: Dusty Quattlebaum, Gardner-Webb
C: Trey Wimmer, Liberty
UTL: Spencer Angelis, High Point

The BSCT was held at High Point University and the Panthers did an excellent job hosting the event. A tip of the hat to High Point Sports for their hospitality. Here is a picture I took from up in the press box before the championship game.

The Columbia Regional

For the second year in a row, the Chanticleers were paired up against Clemson in regional play. This time it was in Game 1 at Carolina Stadium. Coastal played “un-Chanticleer” baseball in that game and lost 11-3. They bounced back to beat Manhattan 11-1 in the second game. Unfortunately, the Chants dropped another one to the Tigers on Sunday 5-3.

Congratulations to Rich Witten and Jacob May for their selection to the Columbia Regional All Tournament Team.

Our Seniors and the Draft

Coastal said farewell to three seniors: Tucker Frawley, Rich Witten and Daniel Bowman. Their leadership was invaluable to the Chanticleers and it directly contributed to the team’s accomplishments this year.

It appears that Coastal will also say goodbye and good luck to junior Josh Conway. The RHP was selected in the fourth round of the draft.

Next year

Rebuilding or reloading? That’s always the question for a college baseball team when looking ahead at the next season. Baseball is a cyclical sport. Building a team is difficult. Not only are the coaches competing with other schools (ahem, the aforementioned Tigers and the back-to-back National Champion Gamecocks), there’s the draft – an organization that can systematically wrench your heart by plucking that high school star just before he gets on campus or snatch your rising senior right off your roster just when he was getting really good.

Coastal Carolina may have lost some talent this year but there’s plenty more already on board and I think it’s a safe bet that Coach Gilmore and his staff have lined up what they need to compete in 2013.

Speaking of 2013, the Chants will play their home games at Pelican Field in Myrtle Beach next year. Watson Stadium is getting a complete renovation and will be a state of the art facility when it opens in 2014. That should help with recruiting.

The Wrap

Well that should do it for posts on college baseball for this year. I’ll get back to writing about law after the College World Series is over. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read Law and Baseball and for the comments and emails.

I would also like to thank Mark Etheridge for letting me write at SEBaseball.com this year covering not only Coastal baseball but the entire Big South Conference.

I would like to also remind everyone that comments on this blog are always welcome or you can contact me by email at lawandbaseball@gmail.com with your college baseball question.

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2012 Regional Hosts Announced

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 66th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records (through May 26) are as follows:

Baton Rouge, La. — LSU (43-16)
Chapel Hill, N.C. — North Carolina (44-14)
Charlottesville, Va. — Virginia (38-17)
College Station, Texas — Texas A&M (42-16)
Columbia, S.C. — South Carolina (40-17)
Coral Gables, Fla. — *Miami (Fla.) (36-20)
Eugene, Ore. — *Oregon (42-16)
Gainesville, Fla. – Florida (42-18)
Gary, Ind. — Purdue (44-12)
Houston, Texas — Rice (40-17)
Los Angeles, Calif. — *UCLA (41-14)
Palo Alto, Calif. — *Stanford (37-16)
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State (39-17)
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State (43-15)
Tucson, Ariz. — *Arizona (37-17)
Waco, Texas — Baylor (44-14)
*Teams that are playing Sunday.

By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team championship field.

Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from June 1 to June 4.

Three institutions are hosting for the 20th time or more as Florida State leads the list of schools with 29, Miami (Fla.) with 24, and LSU is hosting a regional for a 20th time. Stanford is hosting for the 15th time and South Carolina is hosting for the 14th time. Florida (11th) and Rice (10th) are the only other institutions to host 10 or more times since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975.

Texas A&M is hosting for the ninth time, while North Carolina is hosting a regional for the seventh time and Virginia for the sixth time. Arizona is hosting for the fifth time, Baylor and UCLA are hosting for a fourth time, and North Carolina State for a third time. Rounding out the list and hosting for the first time are Purdue and Oregon.

Due to stadium construction issues, the regional hosted by Purdue will be played at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

Eight institutions (Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Rice, Texas A&M, South Carolina, UCLA and Virginia) also hosted in 2011.

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