Baseball Picked 33rd in Baseball America Preseason Poll
CONWAY, SC The Coastal Carolina University baseball team is ranked 33rd in the 2004 Baseball America Preseason Top 50, the magazine announced in its latest issue.
The Chants, who were 45-18 last season and Big South Tournament champions for the third straight year in 2003, were the only Big South team listed in the top-50. The magazine also spotlights senior Ryan McGraw (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central), who brings 138 career stolen bases into the 2004 season.
Coastal will face five teams ranked in the preseason top-50 during the 2004 season. The Chants have a three-game set against the University of Miami April 30-May 2 in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes are ranked third in the poll. Coastal also faces 11th-ranked Clemson University March 16 in Clemson, S.C. and 15th-ranked University of North Carolina April 13 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Baseball at the Beach tournament at Coastal Federal Field Feb. 27-29 will feature three ranked teams, Coastal, 32nd-ranked Ohio State University and Richmond University, ranked 44th in the poll.
Rice University was picked first by the publication, followed by Louisiana State University. Miami, Cal-St. Fullerton and Georgia Tech round out the top five.
Coastal Carolina opens the 2004 baseball season Saturday, Feb. 7, against Delaware State University at 1 p.m., in Charles Watson Stadium.