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Baseball Opens 2010 Season with the Caravelle Resort Tournament

The Chanticleers welcome West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kentucky to Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field

       

Cody Wheeler will make the Opening Day start for the Chanticleers Friday afternoon.

Cody Wheeler will make the Opening Day start for the Chanticleers Friday afternoon.

Feb. 16, 2010

 

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Games 1-3
Coastal Carolina (0-0) HOSTS THE
CARAVELLE RESORT TOURNAMENT
Dates: Friday, Feb. 19-Sunday, Feb. 21
Times: 4/4/3 p.m.
Place: Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field, Conway, S.C.
Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Matt Hogue) on Friday
    www.GoCCUsports.com All Weekend
Live Stats: GameTracker via www.GoCCUsports.com
TV/Live Video: Big South Network (Friday and Sunday)
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE PITCHERS
Coastal - LHP Cody Wheeler (10-1, 3.83 ERA in 2009)
WVU - RHP Jarryd Summers (7-3, 3.06 ERA in 2009)
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE PITCHERS
Coastal - RHP Anthony Meo (9-2, 2.93 ERA in 2009)
VT - RHP Mathew Price (3-4, 6.90 ERA in 2009)
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE PITCHERS
Coastal - LHP Matt Laney (First Year with Coastal)
UK - LHP Logan Darnell (5-6, 4.50 ERA in 2009)
NATIONAL RANKINGS
Coastal - 12th (Baseball America), 17th (Collegiate Baseball), 17th (NBWA),
19th (ESPN/USA TODAY)
UK - RV (NCBWA), RV (ESPN/USA TODAY)

Chants Open 2010 Campaign With First of Four Tournaments
    The Coastal Carolina University baseball team (0-0) will open the 2010 season Feb. 19-21 with the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field in Conway, S.C.  The Chanticleers will open the tournament Friday, Feb. 19 against West Virginia (0-0) at 4 p.m.  Coastal then faces Virginia Tech (0-0) Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., and concludes the tournament Sunday, Feb. 21 against Kentucky (0-0) at 3 p.m.  The Chanticleers return 18 letterwinners and seven starting position players from last year’s 47-16 squad that won the 2009 Big South regular-season and tournament titles.

Scouting West Virginia
    The Mountaineers return 14 letterwinners and four starters from last year’s 37-18 team.  West Virginia returns Preseason All-American shortstop Jedd Gyorko to the club.  Gyorko hit .421 with eight home runs and 58 runs-batted-in last year for WVU.  West Virginia was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches poll.  The pitching staff is led by righthander Chris Enourato, who was 6-2 with a 3.66 earned-run avearge last season.

Series vs. West Virginia
    Coastal Carolina leads the all-time series with West Virginia 5-1.  The two teams met last season at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament with the Chanticleers coming out on top 15-5 Feb. 27.  Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) was 4-for-5 with four RBI in the win over WVU, while Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) struck out four in five innings of work.
 
Scouting Virginia Tech
    The Hokies return 21 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s team that went 32-21 overall and 12-17 in the ACC.  Junior Austin Wates and Jesse Hahn both were named Preseason All-Americans by Baseball America.  Wates hit .397 with five home runs and 42 RBIs last season, while Hahn struck out 23 batters in 24 innings pitched for the Hokies.  Virginia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal division in the ACC Preseason Coaches poll.
 
Series vs. Virginia Tech
    Coastal Carolina holds a 4-1 series advantage on Virginia Tech.  The last time the two teams met was during the 2008 season.  The Chanticleers defeated Virginia Tech twice by matching 4-3 scores.  The final game went to 10 innings, as Dock Doyle drove in Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) with the winning run.

Scouting Kentucky
    The Wildcats return 20 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s squad that went 28-26 overall and 12-18 in the SEC.  Preseason All-American Chris Bisson returns to the lineup for the Wildcats.  Bisson hit .360 with 52 RBIs for Kentucky last season.  The Chants will face lefty Logan Darnell on Sunday afternoon.  He had 47 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched for the Wildcats last season.   

Series vs. Kentucky
    Coastal Carolina leads the overall series with Kentucky 4-1.  The Chanticleers won both meetings last season against the Wildcats last season, defeating UK by scores 4-1 and 14-5 Feb. 21-22.  Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) struck out six in six innings of work in the 4-1 win over the Wildcats Feb. 21.

Two Games to be Video Streamed This Weekend
    Coastal Carolina’s contests against West Virginia Feb. 19 and Kentucky Feb. 21 will be video streamed on the Big South Network at www.BigSouthSports.com.  There will be 25 home baseball games video streamed on the Big South Network.  Fans can purchase a single-game for $4.95 and $34.95 for a full season.  There also is a weekly subscription for $9.95 and a full spring sports schedule for $54.95.  Click on www.BigSouthSports.com for ordering information.

Weather Forecast
    Friday: Sunny, High 54.  Saturday: Partly Cloudy, High 57.  Sunday: Sunny, High 57.

Chants in Season Openers
    Coastal Carolina is 22-12 all-time in season openers, dating back to the 1976 season.  Last season, the Chanticleers defeated Southern Illinois 16-3. Coastal has now won 10 of its last 11 lidlifters.  Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) became the first freshman in the Gary Gilmore to pitch the season opener last year as he struck out six Salukis in six innings of work.

Chanticleers in the Polls
    Coastal Carolina is ranked in every preseason polls, the highest being 12th in the Baseball America poll.  Coastal Carolina is 16th in the Perfect Game Crosschecker, Ping! Baseball and the Rivals.com lists, 17th in both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball poll and is ranked 19th in the ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll.

Who’s Back
    The Chanticleers return 18 letterwinners and seven starters from last year’s 47-16 squad.  Junior Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and sophomore Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) both were All-Big South First Team selections last year, with Wheeler earning Big South Pitcher of the Year honors.  Junior Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton), senior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) and sophomore Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) all were named to the All-Big South teams last season and return along with redshirt senior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia), senior Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s), junior Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell), sophomores Taylor Motter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) and Steve Davis (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) from the 2009 starting lineup.

Draft Dodgers
    Coastal has five players on its roster that were taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.   Redshirt-senior Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) was taken in the 2006 draft by the Atlanta Braves. Redshirt-Junior Jim Birmingham (Pine Hill, N.J./Overbrook (Penn)) was taken by the Nationals in the 25th round in 2006.  Sophomore Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) was selected in the 43rd round by the Washington Nationals, while classmate Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) was selected in the 48th round by the Texas Rangers.  Freshman Josh Conway (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) was picked in the 42nd round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
 
Newcomers Dot Coastal Roster
    The Chanticleers bring in 11 newcomers to this year’s squad, including redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella (Closter, N.J./St. John’s), who is eligible to compete in games after sitting out last season due to NCAA rules on transfers.  The Chants bring in five new position players, four new pitchers, including Sunday starter Matt Laney (Chester, Va./Miami Dade C.C.), and two-way player Josh Conway (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg).

Chants Picked to Win the Big South
    For the third consecutive year, Coastal Carolina University’s baseball team has been voted the Big South Conference’s preseason favorite by the League’s Head Baseball Coaches, it was announced by the Conference office.
    Coastal received eight first-place votes and 97 out of a possible 100 points to win the Big South in 2010.  Coastal Carolina finished ahead of Liberty in the preseason poll, as the Flames collected one first-place vote and 88 points. Winthrop – last year’s Tournament runner-up, was picked third with one first-place vote and 81 points, while Radford finished fourth in the voting with 68 points. High Point received 59 points for fifth-place, while VMI placed sixth in the poll with 48 points. Charleston Southern garnered seventh-place (40 points), followed by Gardner-Webb at No. 8 (36 points). Presbyterian College, which is eligible for the League’s regular-season championship but not the Conference tournament, finished ninth in the poll with 18 points. UNC Asheville rounded out the voting with 15 points for the 10th and final spot.

Wheeler, Noel Picked Big South Preseason Pitcher, Player of the Year
    The Big South Coaches voted Chanticleers’ junior outfielder Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) the Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year and Coastal Carolina junior Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) the League’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
    Noel enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore in 2009, as he earned First-Team All-Big South honors after hitting .315 with 17 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 45 RBI in 63 games. He led the Big South with 48 stolen bases in 51 attempts, tying Tulane’s Josh Prince for first nationally in that category. Noel had a .500 slugging percentage, a .427 on-base percentage and stole two-or-more bases 12 times a year ago. He also had 19 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI performances. Among his highlights last season included a 4-for-5 game with four RBI in the win over West Virginia on Feb. 27, four stolen bases in the Charleston Southern win on May 15, a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored against Wake Forest on April 29, and a 2-for-3 day with three runs scored in the win over Kansas in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. Noel also earned Big South All-Tournament Team honors last year and was named an All-Ping! Baseball Preseason All-American earlier this month.
    Wheeler was the Big South Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after posting a 10-1 record with a 3.83 earned run average in 15 starts for the Chanticleers. A Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Wheeler had 98 strikeouts in 91.2 innings pitched, and led the Big South in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts while ranking sixth in ERA. He threw a complete-game no-hitter in a 4-0 win at Hawai’i on March 26 – earning National Player of the Week honors by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. Wheeler also gave up one hit in seven innings vs. VMI on May 10 and had 10 strikeouts in seven innings in defeating Radford on April 10.

Wheeler, Noel Earns Preseason All-American Honors
    Junior Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) earned Preseason All-American honors by three different organizations this past winter.  Wheeler was named a Second Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA and a Third Team selection by Ping! Baseball.  Wheeler earned a Second Team All-American nod last season by Collegiate Baseball.  Junior Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) was named to the Ping! Baseball Preseason Third Team, joining Wheeler on that squad.     

Season Tickets on Sale Now
    Season tickets for the 2010 Coastal Carolina University baseball season went on sale Monday, Feb. 1, as the Chanticleers look to earn their fourth straight Big South Conference Championship and make their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years.
    This season there are two options for watching the three-time defending Big South Champion Chanticleers, as there will be $200 and $125 levels.
    The $200 reserved seats include all 30 regular season home contests as well as a complimentary daily pass to Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field February 25-28. Your seat in Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field will be a reserved seat in the center section behind home plate, and the $200 option allows you to place your name or business name on the seats.  The purchase includes a $150 donation to Baseball Capital Improvements.    The $125 season ticket is good for general admission for the 30 scheduled regular season home contests at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.  The purchase includes a $75 donation to Baseball Capital Improvements.
    In addition, season ticket holders will be given priority in purchasing tickets for the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals, should Coastal Carolina advance to the postseason and be selected to host.
    To purchase season tickets, please contact the CCU Athletic Ticket Office at 843-347-TIXX (8499) or 1-877-4-CHANTS (1-877-424-2687).

Gilmore Inducted in Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame
    Coastal Carolina University head baseball coach Gary Gilmore was inducted into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame Feb. 14 at the Salem Civic Center.  Gilmore is starting his 15th season with the Chanticleers and his 21st year as a head coach, compiling an 807-395 overall record.  The six-time Big South Coach of the Year is coming off a 47-16 season and a trip to the 2009 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional.  Gilmore has 13 40-plus win seasons, including regular-season titles in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Coastal Carolina also won the 2008 NCAA Conway Regional and advanced to the NCAA Cary Super Regional.
    Gilmore played for Franklin County High School in 1978 and was the Timesland Player of the Year.  He played for the Chanticleers, hitting .353 with 69 steals in 90 games, before going to play for the Philadelphia Phillies organization.  He worked as a scout for the Phillies and Seattle Mariners organizations before becoming a coach at USC Aiken, where he eventually took over the top spot in 1990.  Gilmore compiled a 253-102 record in six years as a head coach.

Tough Schedule Faces Chants
    Coastal Carolina will face five teams that are ranked in the Baseball America Preseason Top-25 and 12 teams that are on the Perfect Game Crosscheckers Top-100 list, including home games against UC Irvine and James Madison at Baseball at the Beach, San Diego, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, UNC Wilmington, College of Charleston and West Virginia.  The Chants also will visit top-20 teams North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia on the road as well as have a three-game Big South series at Liberty.

Chants Win 10th Big South Tournament Title
    Coastal Carolina won its 10th Big South Tournament title with a 7-1 win over Winthrop May 23 in Asheville, N.C.  Coastal Carolina battled back from the loser’s bracket to win three games in two days, including the win over the Eagles.  Senior David Anderson was named the Most Valuable Player after hitting .500 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI.  Anderson was joined on the All-Big South Tournament team by Rico Noel, Nick McCully and Austin Fleet.  It was Coastal Carolina’s third straight title and seventh in the last nine years.

Chants Earn All-American Honors
    Sophomore Cody Wheeler and senior David Anderson were named to the Louisville Slugger All-America team.  Wheeler was a Second Team selection, while Anderson was named to the Third Team.  That duo joined Nick McCully on the Ping! Baseball Third Team.  In addition, Anthony Meo, Taylor Motter and Daniel Bowman each were named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.  Meo also was named an All-Freshman performer by the NCBWA and Baseball America.

Chants Win 12th Big South Regular-Season Title
    For the 12th time in school history, Coastal Carolina won the Big South Conference regular-season title.  The Chanticleers wrapped up the outright title with its 6-4 win over Charleston Southern May 15.  The Chants have won the crown six of the last 11 years.  Coastal Carolina finished the regular season with a 21-5 mark, winning all 15 Big South games at home.

All-Big South Team Filled With Chants
    Coastal Carolina had eight players on the All-Big South Teams as well as the Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year, it was announced May 20.  Senior David Anderson was named the Player of the Year.  It was the third straight honor for the Chanticleers as he joined Dock Doyle and David Sappelt as recent Players of the Year in the conference.  Sophomore Cody Wheeler was a unanimous Pitcher of the Year honoree.  It was the second time a Chanticleer earned the honor as Bobby Gagg was named Pitcher of the Year in 2007.  Head Coach Gary Gilmore was named Big South Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career.  Anderson and Wheeler were joined on the First Team by sophomore Rico Noel, junior Nick McCully and freshman Anthony Meo.  Senior Tyler Bortnick, junior Adam Rice and freshman Daniel Bowman were named to the Second Team.  Redshirt junior Austin Fleet was named to the Big South’s All-Academic Team.

Coastal Carolina Earns Daily Double
    Coastal Carolina won both the Big South regular-season and tournament titles for the third straight season and the sixth time in school history. Coastal Carolina also did the trick in 1991, 1992 and 2002.

Wheeler Impresses for Team USA
    Junior Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) played for the Team USA National Collegiate team this past summer, becoming the second Chant in as many years to play on that squad.  On the tour, Wheeler had a 2.42 earned-run average with 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. He joins UCLA’s Gerrit Cole with matching 3-0 record on the tour.  Junior Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) was on the team in 2008.

Chants on the Cape
    Juniors Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) and Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) and senior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) played in the Cape Cod League this past summer.  Woodward and Rice’s Bourne Braves met Noel’s Cotuit Ketteleers in the championship series, which Bourne won in two games.

Bowman Named Top Prospect in Valley League
    Coastal Carolina University sophomore outfielder Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) was named the top prospect in the Valley League by Baseball America, the magazine announced.  Bowman, who played for the Luray Wranglers in the Valley League, hit .298 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI. He also had a .498 on-base percentage for Luray.

Meo A Top Prospect for 2011 Draft
    Perfect Game Crosscheckers came out with a list of its Top 100 prospects for the next three drafts and it had sophomore Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) as the 92nd best prospect in the country for the 2011 draft.  Meo was 9-2 with a 2.93 earned-run average his freshman season with the Chants.

Up Next
    Coastal Carolina heads to Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Wake Forest Baseball Park to face Wake Forest Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.