Jan. 17, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina baseball team will open the 2014 season in four Fridays, hosting Pittsburgh for a three-game series Feb. 14-16.
Like last year, Coastal's opening game (Friday, Feb. 14) will be played in Florence at Francis Marion University's Sparrow Stadium with first pitch set for 1 pm. The final two games of the series (Feb. 15 and 16) will be played in Myrtle Beach at Coastal Carolina's 2014 home - TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
The Chanticleers return 16 players and welcome 23 newcomers to the 2014 squad. The pitching staff looks to be Coastal's strength as the squad opens practice in one week.
Starting pitcher Ben Smith (5-4 with a 2.23 ERA in 2013) headlines the group as CCU's lone first team All-Big South selection in 2013 and the 48th-best player in the country for 2014 according to Baseball America.
However, Coastal returns senior Tyler Herb (6-1) and sophomore Tyler Poole (6-2) on the mound, each tying for the team lead in wins. Herb is 15-3 with a 3.33 career ERA while Poole is slated to move to the bullpen to help fill the void left by Ryan Connolly, who ended his career fifth in NCAA history by pitching in 139 career games. Also back to bolster the bullpen is junior Austin Kerr, who has pitched in 55 games over his first two years with an impressive 1.99 career ERA.
With Poole out of the rotation, Seth Lamando (5-4, 2 saves, 4.15 ERA) will solidify his spot as a CCU starter. The sophomore split time between the bullpen and as a weekend starter but still earned Big South Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American honors last season.
Headlining Coastal's new crop of pitchers is freshman Dalton Moats. The left-hander was drafted in the 33rd round by the Kansas City Royals and named the Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year.
To order your 2014 Chanticleer Baseball season tickets, visit GoCCUSports.com or contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 843-347-8499. Please note that the administrative offices of the University will be closed for Martin Luther King Holiday Jan. 20. If you would like to leave a message, ticket office staff will promptly return your call when the University reopens.
An alternative to season tickets is a $50 Voucher Book for general admission seating and may be used in any combination. For example, you can use the book to get 12 fans into a single game, spread it out getting one admission for 12 separate games or any other combination in between. This is the flexible package that provides a significant price break over purchasing individually and good for the games of your choice. (NOTE - The games Feb. 20-24 as part of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach are not part of CCU's season ticket plan and the Voucher Books are not good for those games.)