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Baseball Picked Second in the Big South Preseason Poll

       

Baseball Picked Second in the Big South Preseason Poll

The Coastal Carolina University baseball team was picked to finish second in the 2005 Big South Preseason poll, as voted by the League’s Head Baseball Coaches and Sports Information Directors and annouced today (Jan. 27) by the Conference office.

Winthrop was picked as the preseason favorite, receiving 16 first-place votes and 159 out of a possible 162 points, ending Coastal’s five-year reign as the preseason favorite. Coastal had two first-place votes and 16 second-place tallies for 146 points. Birmingham-Southern placed third with 115 points, and was followed by Radford (86 points) and Charleston Southern (77) in the poll. Liberty (67), VMI (57), UNC Asheville (56) and High Point (46) round out the voting.

Coastal returns 10 position players and seven pitchers from the 2004 squad that won its fourth straight Big South Tournament title, including the 2004 Big South Most Valuable Player in junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll). Coastal also returns senior Jake Hurry (East Moline, Ill./Alleman), who went 9-3 on the mound in 2004.

This is the first time since 1999 that the Chants are not picked to win the Big South regular-season title.

Coastal was ranked 34th in the Collegiate Baseball poll and received votes in the ESPN/Sports Weekly Coaches Poll.

Coastal opens the 2005 season Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Campbell. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

Combined Votes
Team                      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Total
Winthrop (16)            144 8  7  0  0  0  0  0  0  159 
Coastal Carolina (2)     18 128  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  146
Birmingham-Southern       0  8 70 18 15  4  0  0  0  115
Radford                   0  0 14 54  0  8  6  2  2   86
Charleston Southern       0  0 21 12 15 16  3 10  0   77
Liberty                   0  0  0  6 25 12 18  6  0   67
VMI                       0  0  0 12 20  8  3 10  4   57
UNC Asheville             0  0  0  6 15 16 12  2  5   56
High Point                0  0 14  0  0  8  9  8  7   46