CONWAY, SC Seniors Steven Carter (Windsor, Ontario/St. Anne's) and Chad Oxendine (Rowland, N.C./Avalon Academy) have been selected as the Coastal Carolina baseball captains for the 2004 season. The duo was voted on by the team Tuesday (Jan. 20).
Carter, who also was selected to the NCBWA All-America third team, went 11-3 in 20 appearances last season. He had a 4.06 earned-run-average and two complete games in being named to the All-Big South second team. Carter struck out 110 batters, while walking only 33. Carter threw a complete game against Charleston Southern University in the first round of the Big South Tournament, striking out seven while giving up only two earned runs. He then came back and pitched seven innings against Liberty University on his way to being named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. He struck out nine batters in a game three times last year, including in the NCAA Regionals in Lincoln, Neb., against Eastern Michigan University. A 2002 First Team All-Big South selection, Carter has 273 career strikeouts, which is fifth on Coastals career list.
Oxendine played in 54 games for Coastal in 2004, making 49 starts. He hit .260 with seven doubles and 31 runs-batted-in. He excelled defensively behind the plate, throwing out 20 runners trying to steal. Oxendine had 13 multi-hit games and hit safely in all five games of the Big South Tournament. He has a career .270 batting average with 62 RBI..
Coastal Carolina opens the 2004 baseball season Saturday, Feb. 7, against Delaware State University at 1 p.m., in Charles Watson Stadium.