Coastal Baseball Plays at #1 Virginia Wednesday
April 12, 2011
CCU GAME 33: Coastal Carolina at #1 Virginia Cavaliers April 13, 2011 5 pm
Coastal Carolina CHANTICLEERS
21-11, 7-2 BSC
Head Coach: Gary Gilmore (Coastal Carolina `80)
Overall: 886-416-2 (22nd yr) @ CCU: 630-314 (16th yr)
#1/2/2 Virginia CAVALIERS
*31-3, 13-2 ACC (UVa plays Wed night vs Georgetown, record will change)
Head Coach: Brian O'Connor (Creighton `93)
Overall: 347-121-1 (8th yr) @ UVa: 347-121-1 (8th yr)
RADIO: 93.9 FM ESPN "The Team"
Matt Hogue (Play-By-Play)
LIVE STATS: GameTracker via www.GoCCUsports.com
LIVE INTERNET VIDEO: www.VirginiaSports.com
CHANTS VS. CAVS
Coastal Carolina is now in its road portion of it Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. The Chanticleers played Boston College (W, 9-6), Virginia Tech (W, 6-5), North Carolina State (L, 12-3) and Wake Forest (W, 10-2) early in the season. Coastal played at #26 Clemson last Tuesday (L, 5-4 in 10 innings). After playing Virginia Wednesday, the Chants will play at North Carolina next Tuesday (April 19).
Versus Virginia, Coastal owns a 4-2 advantage in the series, winning three straight in the series until the then top-ranked Cavaliers defeated then #4 Coastal, 6-3, last season (April 27) in Charlottesville. Not only did Virginia snap CCU's three-game winning streak in the series, UVa snapped Coastal's 17-game winning streak. In the game, Virginia scored four in the third and held on for the win. Coastal and Virginia first met on Mar. 16, 1979, a game the Chants won 4-3 in Conway. The Cavaliers also came to Conway Feb. 12, 2006 and won 8-3. A year later (Feb. 11) in Conway, Coastal got back on the winning side with a 3-2 decision. Later in 2007 (May 15), Coastal went to Charlottesville and escaped with an 11-7 victory. On April 15, 2008, the Chants once again were at Davenport Field and won 8-3.
COASTAL VS. #1 AND THE TOP 5
On record (basically back to 1999), Coastal Carolina has played the nation's top-ranked team five times and are 1-4 in such games. The Chants lost back-to-back games (19-1 and 6-2) versus #1 Clemson in 2002. In 2007 and 2008, Coastal played North Carolina when the Tar Heels were #1. In 2007, CCU lost 4-3 in 10 innings. In 2008, Coastal won 7-3. Last year, the Chants dropped a 6-3 decision to #1 Virginia. Coastal is 4-8 all-time versus Top 5 teams, including the 1-4 mark versus top-ranked teams. Coastal lost at #5 North Carolina (6-5) in 1999 and #4 North Carolina in 2006 (15-0). In 2007, in addition to beating #1 UNC, Coastal beat #5 Virginia, 11-7. In 2008, after winning the Conway Regional, Coastal went to Chapel Hill and lost twice to #2 UNC (9-4 and 14-4). Last year, Coastal took two from #4 UC Irvine at home (7-3 and 13-6).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After playing nine games --plus an exhibition -- away from home, Coastal Carolina returned home to sweep Liberty in a weekend series. Since, the Chanticleers hit the road to face 26th-ranked Clemson, swept three games at Presbyterian this past weekend and then visit top-ranked Virginia Wednesday (Apr. 13).
In fact, Coastal Carolina will only play two more home, mid-week games this year, hosting The Citadel on April 20 and UNC Wilmington on May 17.
The good news is, of Coastal's final 22 games, starting with a weekend series with Gardner-Webb April 15, the Chants will play 14 within the friendly confines of Watson Stadium.
RECORD COUNT DOWN IS ON FOR WOODWARD
Scott Woodward is quickly closing in on several Coastal Carolina career records, a few Big South marks as well.
He needs to score eight runs to surpass Ryan McGraw for first on Coastal's all-time list and score 23 runs to surpass Chris Carrara (Winthrop) for the Big South all-time record.
He needs one walk to move to second on the Big South all-time list and 22 walks to surpass McGraw for both the CCU and Big South career lead.
He needs 14 stolen bases to surpass McGraw for first on both the CCU and Big South all-time lists.
Woodward entered 2010 as the Big South career leader for being hit by pitches and now has 76.
WHO IS HOT
Tommy La Stella made a serious run at Big South Player of the Week honors and Anthony Meo could have repeated at the league's Pitcher of the Week.
La Stella batted .467 (7-for-15) for the week with a double, two home runs, nine RBI, five runs scored and slugging pct. of .933. In Big South games ONLY (nine games), La Stella has a league-best .545 batting average (82 points better than his next closest) as well as leading the league with five home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.121 slugging percentage.
Meo pitched a season-high 8.1 innings, the second longest outing of his career (pitched 8.2 in a loss to San Diego in 2009). He improved to 4-2 overall and lowered his season ERA to 2.63. In addition, he improved to 16-2 in Big South games, winning 14 straight league games dating back to 2009 (last three of 2009, all 8 in 2010 and first 3 of 2011), with a 1.95 career league ERA.
Daniel Bowman, after being named Big South and CollegeBaseballInsider Southeast Region Player of the Week, followed that by batting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. Over his last seven games, Bowman has a seven-game hit streak and nine extra base hits (four doubles, four home runs and a triple).
Tucker Frawley is riding eight-game hit streak. After playing in the first three games, Frawley missed the next 18 due to a knee injury. The catcher is rounding into the form Coach Gary Gilmore expected, following in the foot steps of All-American Jose Iglesias. Frawley, who has played in 13 games in 2011, is riding a career-long eight-game hit streak, batting .379 (11-for-29) with five walks and three hit by pitches over the span.
Keith Hardwick, a walk-on and local product, played in 17 games in his first two years and was 7-for-15 at the plate. Hardwick came off the bench early to play DH in the UNC Asheville finale, going 2-for-4 with his first career home run. Since then, he is 11-for-30 (.367) with a hit in seven of eight games and getting two hits in four games. He also has three doubles and two home runs over the span, hitting a solo shot at Clemson, with four walks, five RBI and seven runs scored.
STREAKING AGAIN: PRE AND POST RANGERS GAME
Coastal Carolina was having an up-and-down season, had its Big South regular-season win streak snapped at UNC Asheville and go on to suffer back-to-back losses at UNCA to fall to 15-10.
At that point, Coastal was batting .240 as a team with 40 doubles and 14 home runs through 25 games.
The Chants then played a mid-week exhibition with the Texas Rangers and found some confidence during the contest.
Since, Coastal is 6-1 -- winning six straight Big South games -- and batting .327 with 19 doubles and 11 home runs in just seven games. Also, through the first 25 games, Coastal was fielding at a .967 clip with 34 errors. Over the last seven games, Coastal is fielding .981 with just five errors.
IN THE NCAA...
Coastal Carolina ranks 31st in the NCAA, hitting 25 home runs this season ... The Chants also are ranked 21st in ERA (2.85), 13th in Fewest Hits Allowed Per Nine innings (7.25).
Individually, Tommy La Stella's eight home runs is 25th, while Daniel Bowman's seven bombs are 39th. La Stella also ranks 20th in RBI (39) and 32nd in total bases (79). Scott Woodward is seventh in the nation with 20 stolen bases and fourth in the NCAA in hit by pitches (15). Hayes Orton is 19th with nine sac bunts in 2011 (another testament to Woodward's ability to get on base).
COASTAL STAYS OUT OF POLLS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK
Coastal Carolina, who was 3-1 last week with a 10-inning loss at Clemson, remained out of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers top 30 for the third straight week. Coastal is still receiving votes in the writers poll and got back among those receiving votes in the coaches poll. With Coastal falling out of the NCBWA poll, the Chants had their streak of being ranked in at least one of the four major poll snapped at 73 weeks, dating back to Feb. 19, 2007.