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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A Simple New Year’s Resolution

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2012 and ring in the New Year, many of us will make a list of Resolutions for 2013.  Some will be elaborate while others may be less complex but equally challenging. I can only imagine the possibilities. From losing weight to working harder, or maybe not working as hard, to – you name it. The list is only constrained by imagination.

Unfortunately, most of those lists won’t last long.

I have a better idea. My resolution is simply to use good judgment. Hopefully, it’s not something that we wait until after Auld Lang Syne to get started. It should be something we’ve worked on all year. But we can reflect on it today. We can simplify our lives today. Just use good judgment.

If I need to lose weight, all I need to do is use good judgment with my diet and maybe exercise. If I want to work harder (or smarter), then that’s what I will do. No task is too complicated if we plan it out. If my schedule is full, then I need to simplify it. Maybe I shouldn’t take on that new potential client. If my case work is “caught up,” maybe I should use that extra time to hone my trial skills – or spend it with my family. The list goes on and on and yet it is as simple as anything has ever been.

Today I will use good judgment. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

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A Legal Adviser?

Yesterday I was in court for a preliminary hearing. I love going to court for preliminary hearings. Sometimes a case is dismissed at a prelim; sometimes it’s not. But always sometimes, it’s just entertaining interesting.

Yesterday’s breaking-up-the-monotony moment occurred when a defendant’s legal adviser addressed the court.  It went something like this:

Legal Adviser (LA): I’m here for the defendant. I need you to help me with some subpoenas to get the evidence.

Court: Are you a lawyer?

LA: No, I’m [the defendant’s] Legal Adviser.

Court: I can’t give you legal advice.

LA: I’m not asking for legal advice.

Court: You just asked me to help you with some subpoenas.

LA: If you’re not going to listen to me, I’ll file a motion.

Court: You are excused.


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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 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 with your college baseball question.

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Memorial Day

Today we observe Memorial Day and honor our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Some of us will. For others, today is simply another day off.

Freedom ain’t cheap. For the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to pay for our freedom, I salute you.

The words:

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

The music.

The source: U.S. Memorial Day History.

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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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