Coastal Carolina (10-2) at The Citadel (7-4)
Riley Park - Charleston, S.C.
March 9 - 4 p.m.
Wednesdays Probable Starters
Coastal - LHP Jake Hurry (1-1, 5.62 ERA)
Citadel - RHP Justin Smith (0-0, 10.12 ERA) or
or LHP Jamie Maxwell (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Coastal - 25th (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper)
31st (NCBWA Poll), RV (Sports Weekly/ESPN)
The Coastal Carolina University baseball team (10-2) heads to Charleston, S.C., to face The Citadel (7-4) for the second time in as many weeks. The two teams square off Wednesday, March 9, at 4 p.m., at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C. The game has been pushed up to 4 p.m., from its original time of 5 p.m., due to the cold weather that is expected in Charleston. Coastal is coming off a sweep of the Springmaid Beach Resort Rumble, defeating James Madison, Kent State and Western Carolina.
SCOUTING THE CITADEL: The Citadel took 2-of-3 games from Stony Brook, a 2004 NCAA regional team, this past weekend in Charleston. The Bulldogs defeated the Seawolves 3-2 in 11 innings and 3-2 and fell on Sunday 1-0. Leading the way for The Citadel is Chris Ard, who is hitting .400 with nine runs batted. Chris Swauger leads the team with 10 RBI. On the mound, the Bulldogs pitching staff carries a 2.94 earned run average. The Citadel will either throw righthander Justin Smith or lefty Jamie Maxwell against Coastal.
SERIES VS. THE CITADEL: Coastal leads the all-time series with The Citadel 31-29. In the teams first meeting, The Citadel came back to score three runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Coastal 4-2. In the game, sophomore Andy DeLaGarza (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) pitched 7.1 innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits. Sophomore Dom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll) had two hits and junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) belted his second home run of the season.
HEAD COACH GARY GILMORE: Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore (Coastal Carolina 80) is in his 10th season as the mentor of the Chanticleers. He has a 337-209 record at Coastal and a career 590-311 record in 14 years at Coastal and USC Aiken. Coach Gilmore won his 500th career game Feb. 21, 2003, against Delaware and is 23rd in winning percentage among active coaches. Gilmore has guided the Chanticleers to four straight Big South Tournament titles and was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002. Overall, Gilmore has won 40 games or more in a season for the Chants five times.
RPI WATCH: The first RPI Index by Boyds World was released March 1, and the Chanticleers were ranked 22nd, second highest of any school in the Big South behind Birmingham-Southern. Coastal also was 30th in Warren Nolans RPI index. The Big South was ranked fifth in the conference RPI by Boyds World.
COASTAL RANKED 25TH IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL: The Coastal Carolina University baseball team has been ranked 25th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 poll, out March 7. Coastal was ranked 23rd last week, the highest the Chanticleers have ever been in the CBN poll. Coastal has been ranked on three other occasions in the CBN regular-season poll. The Chants were ranked 28th on March 17, 2003 and were 30th on May 10 and 17, 1999. Coastal also was 31st in the NCBWA poll, released March 1.
COSTANZO ADDED TO WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was added to the 2005 Wallace Award Watch List March 8. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton was the winner of the 2004 Brooks Wallace Award. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semifinalists by Tuesday, May 24. The selection committee will narrow the list to three finalist following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha Thursday June 16.
This season, Costanzo leads Coastal with a .385 batting average. He also has two home runs, six doubles and 17 RBI.
VERRETTS TURN TO BE THE HERO: Junior Aaron Verrett (Jupiter, Fla./Polk C.C.) hit a one-out double to the left center gap to give Coastal a 4-3 lead and capped off another come-from-behind win, this time over Western Carolina March 6. Verrett scored sophomore Chris Raber (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall) to give Coastal its third come-from-behind win of the season.
VALTER SPELLS RELIEF AGAINST KENT STATE: Junior Mike Valter (Bloomingdale, N.J./Briarcliffe C.C.) pitched six innings of solid relief, earning the win in a 15-11 game over Kent State. Valter pitched six innings, striking out three and allowing only two hits.
COSTANZO EARNS BIG SOUTH CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was selected as the Choice Hotels Big South Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Week for the week ending March 6. Costanzo shared the honor with Winthrops Heath Rollins.
In four games last week, Costanzo batted .385 with three doubles, one home run, five runs batted in and an .846 slugging percentage in helping the Chanticleers to a #23 ranking and a 3-1 record for the week. He hit a home run in a 4-2 loss to The Citadel, went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles in Coastals 15-11 win over Kent State. Costanzo hit safely in all four games and also earned his first save in the 4-3 victory over Western Carolina March 6.
COASTAL-KENT STATE A WILD AFFAIR: Coastals 15-11 win over Kent State featured the following: two lightning delays (one that lasted 2:27), one triple play (executed by Kent State in the eighth), an eight-run inning by Kent State (of which one run was earned), six hit batsmen, five passed balls, and 26 runs but only 18 hits. Coastal also led 15-3 going into the eighth, but Kent State brought up the tying run in that inning. Senior Byron Binda (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) struck out Gregg Hiller to end the KSU threat.
DOYLES 10th INNING HEROICS LIFTS COASTAL OVER JMU: Freshman Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) hit a chopper to second base that led to an infield single in the 10th, giving the Chants a 5-4 win over James Madison March 4. Sophomore Adam Vrable (Bay City, Mich./Grand Rapids C.C.) reached on an error to start the inning and moved to third on a single from junior Kevin Entsminger (Canton, Mich./College of the Siskiyous), setting up Doyles heroics.
DELAGARZA HAS ANOTHER SOLID OUTING vs. THE CITADEL: Sophomore Andy DeLaGarza (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) had his third straight quality start in a 4-2 loss to The Citadel March 2. In the last two games DeLaGarza has pitched, he has struck out 14 batters and allowed only three walks. He had a no-decision against the Bulldogs, despite striking out seven in 7.1 innings.
DEJESUS GOES OFF IN THE IMICHOTELS.COM INN-VITATIONAL: Junior Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) went 6-for-11 with 11 runs batted in as Coastal went 4-0 in the IMIChotels.com INN-vitational. DeJesus drove in two runs on a single in CCUs 11-8 win over Pittsburgh Feb. 25. In the second game against the Panthers, DeJesus went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the 6-5 win. In the two games against Rider, both 14-0 wins, he was 2-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI and two walks. He had a nine-game hitting streak snapped against Western Carolina.
MARRIE THROWS NO-NO IN THE RAIN: Sophomore Kevin Marrie (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) threw five innings of no-hit baseball in Coastals 14-0 win over Rider Feb. 27. Marrie struck out seven Broncs in throwing the first no-hitter of head coach Gary Gilmores tenure at Coastal.
PATIENCE AT THE PLATE: In 12 games this season, Coastal has walked 86 times, scoring 102 runs. Senior Chris Todd (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue C.C.) leads the Chants with 13 walks, while junior Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) and classmate Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) have 11 apiece. The team has a .261 batting average, but a .421 on-base percentage.
SHEFKA EXCELS ON THE MOUND: Junior Ricky Shefka (Kinston, N.C./Old Dominion) had a great first two games in a Coastal uniform. The righthander threw seven innings, striking out five and allowing only five hits in the 13-2 win over West Virginia Feb. 20. He then struck out six and allowing no walks or runs in six innings in a 14-0 win over Rider. On the season, Shefka has a 1.37 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. The Coastal pitching staff also has shined, sporting a 3.03 earned run average thru eight games.
WHAT A GAME: Coastals 3-2 win over Clemson Feb. 19 in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament was a game for the ages. Clemson scored two runs in the first inning off of starter Jake Hurry (East Moline, Ill./Alleman), but that would be the last runs the Tigers would score in the tournament. Hurry battled out of a bases loaded jam in the third by getting Adrian Casanova to fly to center field to end the inning. Coastal scored a single run in the fifth on an RBI single from sophomore Dom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll). The score would stay 2-1 until the eighth. Senior Jon Foisy (Ridgecrest, Calif./Cerro Coso C.C.) opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a groundout from classmate Chris Todd (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue C.C.). Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) then got just enough on the ball in his groundout to third to score Foisy. In the bottom of the ninth, junior Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell). Junior Aaron Verrett (Jupiter, Fla./Polk C.C.) then hit a soft liner to third, but it was misplayed by Herman Demmink, putting runners on first and second with one out. That set up the heroics of junior DJ Burns (Gilbert, Ariz./Chandler Gilbert J.C.), who singled to right to score the game winning run.
WHAT A CROWD: A crowd of 3,565 watched the Coastal-Clemson game. The Chants other two games had great crowds as well, as the East Carolina game drew 1,502 and the West Virginia game had 1,280 fans.
DEJESUS SHINES IN WVU GAME: Junior Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) was mired in a 1-for-11 slump, but busted out of that in Coastals 13-2 win over West Virginia Feb. 20. DeJesus went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in against the Mountaineers. His double in the first got the Chants on the board and his two-run single in the third started the four-run inning for CCU.
PITCHING SOLID IN BASEBALL AT THE BEACH: The Coastal Carolina pitching staff had a great weekend at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament Feb. 18-20. The staff had a 3.00 earned run average with 17 strikeouts and only 11 walks on 27 innings. The starting rotation of sophomore Andy DeLaGarza (Ossian, Ind./Norwell), senior Jake Hurry (East Moline, Ill./Alleman) and junior Ricky Shefka (Kinston, N.C./Old Dominion) had a 1.86 ERA with nine strikeouts.
FOISY STARS ON OPENING DAY: While Coastal only had four hits in an 8-4 loss to Campbell Feb. 15, senior Jon Foisy (Ridgecrest, Calif./Cerro Coso C.C.) belted three of them. The senior went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Last season, Foisy hit .250 with seven doubles and 17 RBI.
OPENER NOT KIND TO COASTAL: For the first time since the 1998 season, Coastal fell in its opener 8-4 to Campbell Feb. 15. Coastal lost to North Carolina 21-8 in the opener of the 1998 season. The Chants six straight openers, including a 6-3 win over Delaware State in the 2004 lidlifter.
COASTAL RANKED IN PRESEASON POLLS: Coastal Carolina was ranked 34th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspapers Fabulous 40 preseason poll. The Chants face five teams that were ranked in that poll, including Clemson and East Carolina, which they face this weekend at the Baseball at the Beach. Coastal also received votes in the NCBWA Coaches Poll and the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 preseason polls.
COSTANZO EARNS PRESEASON HONORS: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) earned preseason all-America honors by both the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America. The CBN had him as a third team infielder, while BA listed him as a third team utility player. Costanzo was the fifth player in Coastal history to earn the Big South Most Valuable Player honor in 2004 after hitting .359 with 21 doubles, 21 home runs and 74 runs-batted-in. Costanzo led the team in all four categories while leading the Big South in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.740). He also was a First Team All-Big South performer and a second team all-Atlantic Region selection. Costanzo holds the Coastal single-season record for runs-batted-in, breaking Frank Talottas record of 68 set in 1983.
Costanzo also was one of 42 pitchers named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List. He had a 7-4 record with one save in 66.2 innings of work in 2004. He earned the win in Coastals 5-3 victory over BIrmingham-Southern in the winners bracket championship final, going five innings of relief and allowing only one run. Costanzo struck out 52 batters, while walking only 27 in 19 appearances. Over the summer, Costanzo was the closer with the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League. He did not allow an earned run until the postseason and had four saves in 13 appearances.
In addidtion, the junior was named to the preseason All-America team at first base by The Hardball Times.
BINDA LOOKING TO BREAK RECORDS: Junior Byron Binda (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) is only 13 appearances from breaking Kit Kadlecs appearances by a pitcher record. Binda has appeared in 98 games in his Coastal career. Binda also is first in strikeouts per nine innings. He has 9.84 strikeouts per nine innings, ahead of Josh Deubels 9.71.
Binda also is one of 30 collegiate pitchers to be named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year List, given to the top relief pitcher in collegiate baseball.
2004 CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and senior Chris Todd (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue C.C.) were named co-captains of the 2005 Coastal Carolina baseball team.
COASTAL PICKED SECOND IN BSC COACHES POLL: The Coastal Carolina University baseball team was picked to finish second in the 2005 Big South Preseason poll, as voted by the Leagues 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 Coastals 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.
NEWCOMERS DOT COASTAL ROSTER: Coastal has 18 newcomers on the 2005 roster, and three players (DJ Burns, Dom Duggan and Aaron Verrett) saw action against Campbell Feb. 15. The Chants had 19 newcomers last season as they won a fourth straight Big South Tournament title. Coastal only has seven players who have been with the program more than two years.
CHANTS LOOKING FOR FIVE IN A ROW: The Coastal Carolina baseball squad is coming off its fourth Big South Tournament title in 2004, as the Chanticleers defeated Birmingham-Southern College in the second championship game for the title 7-5. Steven Carter was the Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, while Carter, Chris Todd (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue C.C.), Chris Raber (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall), Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), Brett Grandstrand and Chad Oxendine were named to the All-Tournament Team. Coastal went on to compete in its fourth straight regional at the University of South Carolina.
CHANTS IN THE PROS: With all of the Spring Training camps opening across the major leagues, nine former Chants are looking to continue their professional career. The following is a list of Coastal alumni that are in the minor leagues, their organization and the level they finished the season in 2004.
Player 2004 Organization 2004 Level
Chris Carter Baltimore Orioles High A
Steven Carter Oakland Athletics Rookie
Brett Grandstrand Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie
Adam Keim Kansas City Royals High A
Rett Johnson Seattle Mariners High A
Luis Lopez Atlanta Braves AAA
Brandon Powell Kansas City Royals A
Justin Sturge Boston Red Sox High A
Scott Sturkie Atlanta Braves High A
FOUR NAMED TO ALL-BIG SOUTH TEAM: Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Steven Carter were named to the All-Big South First Team, while Brett Grandstrand and Chad Oxendine were selected to the All-Big South Second Team, the conference office announced May 26, 2004. It was the second time that Carter was selected to the first team, while Costanzo, Grandstrand and Oxendine all were first-time members of the All-Big South teams. Costanzo and Carter also were selected to the All-South Atlantic Region Second Team.
UP NEXT: Coastal hosts South Alabama in a three-game series March 11-13 at Charles Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.