The Coastal Carolina University baseball team was picked to finish second in the Big South Conference inthe Baseball America, the SEBaseball.com and the Perfect Game Crosscheckers Big South Season Previews.
The Baseball America preview had Coastal second behind Winthrop in the Big South standings. The magazine also predicted an All-Big South team, with senior John Mariotti (Toronto, Ontario/Gulf Coast C.C.) earning the nod for the designated hitter/utility player position. Baseball America also had junior righthanded pitcher Keith Noe (San Marcos, Calif./Palomar J.C.) as the League's third best newcomer.
In a separate piece, Baseball America listed Coastal Carolina as the 63rd best program in the country from 1999-2006. The magazine ranks teams based on winning percentage, regional, super-regional and College World Series appearances, first-, second- and third-team All-Americans and players selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Coastal was the only Big South team selected in the top-64.
The website SoutheasternBaseball.com also picked Coastal second behind Winthrop. Senior second baseman Adam Vrable (Bay City, MIch./Grand Rapids C.C.) and Mariotti were on their All-Big South First Team, while senior lefthanded pitcher Andy DeLaGarza (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) was a Second Team choice. SEBAseball.com also has freshman Eric Godsy (Edmond, Okla./North) as the League's second-best newcomer behind Winthrop's Kevin Nolan.
Perfect Game Crosscheckers also picked the Chants second behind Winthrop. The organization predicted sophomore David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) as the second-best player in the Big South. They also had Mariotti as the fifth best prospect in the BSC for the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and Anderson as the second-best prospect for the 2008 draft.
Finally, CSTV.com picked a preseason projected NCAA Tournament bracket, and the website had Coastal as a four-seed in the Clemson regional. The website praised the Chants tough schedule, which is the 17th toughest in the nation according to SEBaseball.com.
Coastal will get things started Friday, Feb. 9 with the Springmaid Beach Resort Tournament. Coastal will host North Florida that day at 4 p.m.