Coastal Baseball Opens Big South Play This Weekend
March 21, 2013
Coastal Carolina owns a 12-1 advantage in the all-time series versus Gardner-Webb. The Chanticleers won the first 11 meetings in the series, which dates back to 2010 then the Runnin' Bulldogs joined the Big South Conference.
Gardner-Webb's lone win came in the teams' last meeting when the Runnin' Bulldogs claimed a 7-3 decision on the back end of a Sunday doubleheader in Boiling Springs.
In game one last season, Tyler Herb struck out seven and walked one, Aaron worked pitched two scoreless innings to get the save and eight Chants had at least one hit in a 5-2 victory. The following day, Coastal cruised to an 11-4 win in the first game of a doubleheader as Justin Creel went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Alex Buccilli and Daniel Bowman each had three hits. In the final game, GWU scored three in the first and three in the eighth to get its first win over CCU.
CCU in Big South Openers
Coastal Carolina has been very successful when starting Big South action.
Coastal is 19-8 when playing its Big South opener, including 14 consecutive wins dating back to 1999.
Coastal is 21-6 when playing its Big South home opener, including 15 consecutive wins dating back to 1998.
Coastal has won 19 Big South opening series, including 12 sweeps -- lost seven, being swept twice -- and split once.
Connolly Ties CCU/Big South Records
Preseason All-American Ryan Connolly earned the save at Wake Forest and in the process tied CCU and Big South records for games pitched. Connolly, who has 10 appearances this season, now has 117 career appearances to tie Coastal's Byron Binda (2002-05) for both the CCU and Big South records for appearances.
Connolly set a CCU and Big South record in 2010 with 40 appearances in earning Freshman All-American honors. Connolly led the Big South in appearances in 2011 with 32 and tied teammate Aaron Burke for the Big South lead in appearances with 35 appearances in 2012.
Connolly has four saves this season with two tough-luck losses. He has a 2.57 ERA and, in 21.0 innings, has 17 strikeouts, four walks and allowed 10 hits for an opponent batting average of .137.
CCU AND BIG SOUTH CAREER APPEARANCES
1. Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina (2010-pres.) 117
Bryon Binda, Coastal Carolina (2002-05) 117
3. Kit Kadlec, Coastal Carolina (1997-2000) 109
4. Aaron Sundsmo, Winthrop (1996-99) 106
Connolly in the NCAA
Ryan Connolly is off to an impressive start, even though he has been saddled with two losses to date. The senior ranks fourth in the NCAA in Fewest Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (4.05) and sixth nationally in WHIP --Walks and Hits Per Nine Innings -- (0.65).
Signs of Life; High in 2 NCAA Stats
Coastal Carolina has won four straight and seven of its last nine. Despite batting just .257 to rank 191st to start the week, Coastal is successful in one staple of a Gary Gilmore team --sacrifice bunts, ranking 21st with 22 this season. Over the past five seasons, Coastal has ranked 6th, 6th, 5th, 6th and 11th in sac bunts. Also, despite committing 37 errors, including five in a win over Michigan last Friday, and ranking 243 in the NCAA in fielding percentage (.953), Coastal Carolina ranks seventh in the NCAA by turning 24 double plays, ranking 13th in double plays per game (1.2).
Over the past nine games, Coastal is 7-2 and has a team batting average of .326, led by:
Jacob May .462 -- Will Remillard .455 -- Tyler Chadwick .421 -- Colin Hering .346 -- Justin Creel .333 and Alex Buccilli .321
Over the last nine games Coastal's team batting has gone from .221 to .265.
Over the last nine games, CCU has had five games with double-digit hits, including 22 doubles, with 55 runs.
Will Remillard Named College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week for Mar. 18
Coastal Carolina sophomore catcher Will Remillard was named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week for helping the Chants go 3-2 last week, including two wins over Michigan and one over Akron to sweep the Chanticleer Classic. For the week, Remillard batting .400 (8-for-20); with 7 runs, 7 RBI, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 14 total bases for .700 slug%, 1 strikeout, 1 HBP, .429 OB%. Remillard is riding a 13-game hit streak, seeing his batting average jump from .160 to .333. Prior to the streak, he was 3-for-21 with four straight 0-for games. During his current streak, Remillard is batting .417 (20-for-48) with 14 RBI.
Last week for be recognized by College Sports Madness, Remillard:
- Went 1-for-4 in the 3-2 loss to Ohio State Monday.
- Went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in CCU's 13-7 loss at UNCW. Accounted for three of CCU's seven hits and four of CCU's seven runs. Hit a double and scored, a home run and scored after hitting an RBI single.
- Went 1-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in the 8-4 win over Michigan Friday.
- Went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the 6-2 win over Michigan Saturday. His two-run double in the third proved to be the game-winners.
- Went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in CCU's 7-3 win over Akron Sunday. Had an RBI single in the first and, when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second, CCU scored its fourth run, which proved to be the game winner. Added a leadoff single and score as part of a three-run fifth to help seal the win.
Others Getting is Done
Tyler Chadwick had started and played in seven games this season. The freshman first baseman has been key in Coastal's offensive surge of late. Chadwick is batting .421 over the last nine games with five RBI and three runs scored. He also has drawn five walks and was hit by a pitch to post a .519 on-base percentage.
Justin Creel has a four-game hit streak and a hit in five of his last seven games for a .333 batting average (6-for-18). At Wake Forest, he was 2-for-3 and drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. Over the last seven games, his batting average ha increased from .125 to .235, including a 41-point jump Tuesday with his 2-for-3 performance at Wake.
Colin Hering had a breakout game at Wake Forest, going 3-for-5 and accounting for four of CCU's seven runs with three RBI and an additional run scored. He hit his first career home run and stole a base. HERING HAS AT LEAST ONE HIT IN 16 OF HIS 19 GAMES PLAYED THIS SEASON. After his second 0-for game of the season, Hering was batting .303. Since then, he has a hit in 9 of his last 10 games and is batting .406 (13-for-32).
Jacob May has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games and a total of eight multi-hit games this season. After an 0-for-5 outing in a loss to Indiana, May is batting .472 (17-for-36) with all five of his season's double, his lone triple and his lone home run. His batting average has risen from .194 to its current .333.
Luke Willis seized an opportunity to for playing time when starting right fielder Colin Hering missed three games due to illness. Willis, who was 0-for-4 on the season prior to him entering the starting lineup, batted .500 in four starts (6-for-12) with three doubles, five RBI, three walks. In his first start of the season - coming Friday versus Michigan, Willis was 3-for-3 with four RBI and two doubles. The following day, the sophomore was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Willis was 0-for-4 on Sunday, but his season batting average is .357 (5-for-14). He capped his run by going 1-for-2 with a walk, double and run scored as the leadoff hitter at Wake Forest.
For the second consecutive outing, Ben Smith posted a 0.00 ERA in getting his second consecutive win. Saturday versus Michigan, the sophomore pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, allowed three hits and four walks. The previous week, Smith was named Big South Pitcher of the Week as he pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.
Ted Blackman's Value
At first glance, one would think Ted Blackman is struggling -- batting just .217 -- and may wonder why he continues to bat in the top of the order. However, a further review inside the numbers shows Blackman's true worth to this team.
Blackman leads the team with 16 runs scored
Blackman is tied for the team lead with 15 walks and owns a .397 on-base percentage
Blackman is tied for second on the team with five stolen bases
Blackman has only struck out five times --second only to Will Remillard's four