Baseball Picked 2nd in Sun Belt East; Bilous, Others Recognized by D1Baseball.com
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina baseball, the defending Sun Belt regular season champion, was picked to finish second in the conference’s East Division in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches.
South Alabama was picked to win the East Division, followed by Coastal, Georgia Southern, Troy, Georgia State and Appalachian State. The predicted order of finish in the West Division was Louisiana, UTA, Texas State, Arkansas State, Little Rock and ULM.
D1Baseball.com agreed with the Sun Belt coaches on the predicted order of finish in both divisions. The website also singled out several Chanticleers.
Jason Bilous was picked by D1Baseball to the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year. The junior right-hander was additionally listed as the conference’s the third-best pro prospect for the 2018 draft.
Left-handed pitcher Scott Kobos, a junior college transfer, ranks 15th on the D1Baseball list of top prospects for 2018.
Three Chanticleers were among the league’s top 10 prospects for the 2019 draft including sophomore pitcher Anthony Veneziano (third), sophomore second baseman Cory Wood (fourth) and redshirt sophomore outfielder Cameron Pearcey (10th).
Coastal Carolina will open the 2018 season on Feb. 16 by hosting Virginia Tech at 4 pm as part of the 18th annual Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach. The four-day event will also feature Indiana, Oklahoma, South Alabama and Kansas State.