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Baseball Travels to College of Charleston Tuesday

       

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Game 39

Coastal Carolina (29-9)

at College of Charleston (29-6)

Patriots Point Field - Charleston, S.C.

April 19 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday’s Probable Starters

Coastal - RHP Kevin Salmon (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

CofC - LHP Reid Price (2-1, 5.89 ERA)

National Rankings

Coastal - 26th (NCBWA Poll), RV (Sports Weekly/ESPN)

CofC - 19th (Baseball America), 20th (Collegiate Baseball)

22nd (NCBWA Poll), RV (Sports Weekly/ESPN)

The 26th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (29-9) faces 19th-ranked College of Charleston (29-6) Tuesday, April 19, in Charleston, S.C., at 6 p.m. The game will be webcast on www.GoCCUSports.com with Matt Hogue on the call. The Chanticleers are coming off a 4-0 week, which included a three-game sweep of Birmingham-Southern.

SCOUTING COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: The Cougars are coming off winning 2-of-3 games against The Citadel. The College of Charleston now has a 14-1 record in the Southern Conference and is ranked as high as 19th in the country by Baseball America. The Cougars are hitting a blistering .373, led by Brett Gardner’s .452 average. Gardner also has 30 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Chris Campbell leads CofC with eight home runs and 49 RBI, while D.J. Wabick has 16 doubles. The Cougars will start lefty Reid Price, who has a 2-1 record and a 5.89 earned run average in five appearances. Price has 24 strikeouts compared to only four walks in 18.1 innings of work.

SERIES VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: Coastal leads the all-time series versus the College of Charleston 7-6, but the Cougars have won the last three games. The Cougars defeated Coastal 8-6 April 5 in the first meeting. Sophomore Dom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll) had two hits for the Chants in the game.

GILMORE GETS CAREER WIN #600 AGAINST VMI: Coastal head coach Gary Gilmore earned his 600th career victory in a 4-3 win over VMI March 25. Gilmore won his 500th career game Feb. 21, 2003 against Delaware and had 350 wins in 10 years at Coastal. He has led his teams to 40 or more wins nine times and took USC Aiken to one College World Series and two NCAA Tournaments and Coastal to four NCAA appearances.

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 356-216 record at Coastal and a career 609-318 record in 16 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 seventh RPI Index by Boyd’s World was released April 10, and the Chanticleers were ranked 48th. Coastal also was 33rd in Warren Nolan’s RPI index. The Big South was ranked eighth in the conference RPI by Boyd’s World.

CCU PROGRAM EARNS 1,000th WIN AGAINST UTPA: Coastal Carolina University program earned its 1,000th win in a 5-2 victory over Texas-Pan American April 2. CCU baseball started in 1974 and has had just four head coaches. John Vrooman coached for 13 years at Coastal and has a 325-246 record. He started the program and came back and coached from 1987-95. Larry Carr coached from 1978-84 and had a 265-86 record. Bobby Richardson was at Coastal for two seasons and had a 61-38 record. Coastal went to five NAIA College World Series and have gone to five NCAA Tournaments. Here is a list of milestone wins in the Coastal program.

1 Coastal Carolina 6, Maryland 4 (March 8, 1976)

250 Coastal Carolina 22, Westminster 3 (March 28, 1983)

500 Coastal Carolina 1, Augusta State 0 (April 28, 1990)

750 Coastal Carolina 4, Liberty 2 (March 27, 1999)

1,000 Coastal Carolina 5, Texas-Pan American 2 (April 2, 2005)

COSTANZO NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, the conference office announced today (April 18). Costanzo helped the Chanticleers to a 4-0 record this past week, including a three-game sweep of Birmingham-Southern.

Costanzo went 9-of-14 at the plate (.643) with a triple, three home runs and seven runs-batted-in. He hit two home runs, including the game-winner in the eighth inning, as the Chanticleers defeated the Panthers 6-5 April 16. Costanzo also earned the save in the game, pitching two innings, giving up no hits and striking out one. Costanzo also hit a three-run home run April 15 as the Chants defeated BSC 9-1. In the three game series against the Panthers, the junior reached base in 13-of-15 plate appearances.

DEFENSE SPARKLING OVER BSC WEEKEND: The Coastal Carolina defense committed only one error in the three-game set against Birmingham-Southern, compared to five for the Panthers. The Chants upped its fielding percentage to .962. Coastal scored five unearned runs off the Panthers, including two in the 6-5 win over BSC April 16.

BINDA RELIEVES A WIN FOR COASTAL: Senior Byron Binda (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) pitched 5.2 innings of relief to earn the win in the 6-5 victory over Birmingham-Southern April 16. The senior struck out six and allowed only one earned run to move to 5-1 on the year.

DUGGAN FINDING A HOME IN THE LINEUP: Sophomore Dom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll) is hitting .370 with seven doubles and eight RBI since being installed into the number-two hole in the Coastal lineup April 1. The centerfielder leads the team with 11 doubles and has a .413 on-base percentage.

STREAK ENDS FOR COSTANZO: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) gave up his first earned run of the season in the 7-6 win over Radford April 10. The streak went 30.1 innings before Radford's David Landman doubled in Nate Toth with the game-tying run. Costanzo now has a 0.26 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

TODD A SPARK AT LEADOFF POSITION: Senior Chris Todd (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue C.C.) carries a .489 on-base percentage heading into the College of Charleston game. He has a .341 batting average, leads the team with 12 hit-by-pitches and is third on the team with 27 walks. Todd had multiple hits in all three games against Birmingham-Southern.

FOISY LOVES CAMELS PITCHING: Senior Jon Foisy (Ridgecrest, Calif./Cerro Coso C.C.) drove in four runs and had a bases-clearing triple in Coastal’s 16-8 win over Campbell April 12. Foisy ends the two-game series against the Camels with four hits and seven RBI.

COSTANZO MAKES MID-SEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS: Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was selected to the Baseball America Mid-Season All-America Second Team as a utility player, the magazine announced April 8.

Costanzo leads the Chants with a .394 batting average, seven home runs and also has 34 RBI. On the mound, the junior has a 0.26 ERA with a 5-1 record, nine saves and 42 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. Costanzo is the only player from the Big South on the first or second team.

Costanzo also was selected as the best utility player in the Southeast this season by Southeastern Baseball.com.

BALDRIDGE THE HERO ON SUNDAY: Freshman Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) laced a double in the ninth inning to plate Kevin Entsminger and give Coastal a 7-6 win April 10. It was Coastal's fourth last at-bat victory of the season and was Baldridge's sixth RBI of the year.

DEJESUS HEATING UP LATELY: Junior Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) has heated up at the plate in the last week. The junior is hitting .359 (14-for-39) in the last 11 games and had two hits or more in all three games of the Texas-Pan American series. DeJesus is hitting .323 and is second on the team with 33 RBI this season.

SHEFKA NASTY AGAINST RADFORD: Junior Ricky Shefka (Kinston, N.C./Old Dominion) was unhittable in Coastal’s 13-4 win over Radford April 8. Shefka allowed only two baserunners in seven innings, with one of those reaching on an error. He struck out three and gave up only one hit while not allowing a walk.

DUGGAN GETS IT DONE IN THE CLUTCH: Sophomore Dom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll) hit a three-run double April 2 to break a 2-2 tie and help Coastal to a 5-2 win over Texas-Pan American. In the series, Duggan was 5-for-10 with five RBI and a home run.

SHEFKA PROVIDES RELIEF SUNDAY: Junior Ricky Shefka (Kinston, N.C./Old Dominion) pitched 4.2 innings of relief April 3 in the 8-6 victory over Texas-Pan American, earning the victory to improve to 5-1 on the year. Shefka gave up five hits and one earned run in the win. He has a 1.73 ERA in 67.2 innings this season.

COASTAL HITS, BUT DOESN’T SCORE IN CLEMSON SERIES: Coastal Carolina hit .307 as a team in the two-game series with Clemson, but could only score six runs and managed only one extra-base hit as the Chants dropped a pair. In the 8-1 loss Wednesday, five players had multiple hits, but none of the five were next to each other in the batting order. The Chants also left 22 runners on base as Coastal lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

ENTSMINGER LIFTS COASTAL IN SERIES OPENER AGAINST VMI: Junior Kevin Entsminger (Canton, Mich./College of the Siskiyous) was the hitting hero in Coastal’s 4-3 win over VMI March 25. He lined a single to left field in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie. This season, Entsminger has a .307 batting average and 19 RBI.

SHEFKA NAMED BIG SOUTH PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina University junior pitcher Ricky Shefka (Kinston, N.C./Old Dominion) has been named the New Balance Big South Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced today (March 21).

The righthander threw eight innings for the Chanticleers in their 1-0 victory over High Point March 19. Shefka struck out eight Panthers while not allowing a walk or run to improve his record to 3-0 on the year. He also allowed only two runners to third base in the shutout. Shefka outdueled Eammon Portice, last week’s Big South Pitcher of the Week.

BALDRIDGE STEPS UP IN HIGH POINT SERIES: Freshman Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) went 7-for-10 at the plate March 20-21 as Coastal completed a sweep of High Point in the Big South series opener. Baldridge went 3-for-4 with a run in the 12-3 victory and was 4-of-6 with three RBI in the 9-6 victory. On the year, Baldridge is hitting .317 with eight RBI.

CHANTS HAVE GEORGE MASON’S NUMBER: Coastal Carolina defeated George Mason for the seventh and eighth straight times in a doubleheader sweep of the Patriots 6-0 and 9-4. George Mason had a seven-game winning streak heading into the doubleheader, but fell to 10-5 on the year with the two losses. Coastal also shut out the Patriots for the first time since Feb. 29, 2004 against South Carolina.

HURRY GOES THE DISTANCE: Senior Jake Hurry (East Moline, Ill./Alleman) pitched a complete-game three-hitter in a 6-0 victory over George Mason March 15. The lefty struck out nine Patriots, three off a career high, and allowed only two runners past second base to move his record to 3-1 on the year.

MORGAN LOVED JAGUAR PITCHING: Sophomore Danny Morgan (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head Academy) went 6-for-10 in the three-game series with South Alabama March 11-13. He had two doubles and four RBI. His three hits and three RBI were key in Coastal’s 5-4 win over the Jaguars March 13. In fact, Coastal hit .311 as a team against South Alabama, second highest in a weekend this season. They also had 11 hits in six innings of USA ace P.J. Walters.

WALK-OFF WALK WON FRIDAY’S GAME WITH USA: Coastal won its third game in its last at-bat March 11 with a 7-6 win over South Alabama. Freshman Keon Graves (Dillon, S.C./Dillon) drew a bases-loaded walk with no one out in the bottom of the ninth for the game-winning RBI. Freshman Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) ended the James Madison game in the bottom of the 10th on an infield single and junior DJ Burns (Gilbert, Ariz./Chandler Gilbert C.C.) singled in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Clemson 3-2.

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 sports a .371 batting average and has not given up only one earned run in 21 appearances. He also has four home runs, nine doubles and 27 RBI.

HURRY SHUTS DOWN THE DOGS: Senior Jake Hurry (East Moline, Ill./Alleman) got back on track March 9 against The Citadel. After lasting only one inning against Kent State March 5, Hurry came back to throw six-plus innings against the Bulldogs, striking out five and allowing only four hits and one run. Hurry moved to 2-1 on the season after the 5-1 win.

VERRETT’S 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 Winthrop’s 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 Coastal’s 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: Coastal’s 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.

DOYLE’S 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 Doyle’s 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 CCU’s 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 Coastal’s 14-0 win over Rider Feb. 27. Marrie struck out seven Broncs in throwing the first no-hitter of head coach Gary Gilmore’s tenure at Coastal.

PATIENCE AT THE PLATE: In 38 games this season, Coastal has walked 213 times, scoring 276 runs. Junior Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) leads the Chants with 39 walks, while junior Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) has 29 free passes. The team has a .294 batting average, but a .412 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 1.79 ERA, 41 strikeouts and only six walks in 60.1 innings. The Coastal pitching staff also has shined, sporting a 3.51 earned run average thru 35 games.

WHAT A GAME: Coastal’s 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 Coastal’s 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.

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 Newspaper’s 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 Talotta’s 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 Coastal’s 5-3 victory over BIrmingham-Southern in the winner’s 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 three appearances away from breaking Kit Kadlec’s appearances by a pitcher record. Binda has appeared in 107 games in his Coastal career. Binda also is second on Coastal’s career strikeouts per nine innings mark. He has 9.68 strikeouts per nine innings, just behind of Ron Deubel’s 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 League’s 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 Coastal’s 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 opening day taking place in the major and minor leagues, three former Chanticleers have landed on minor league rosters. Justin Sturge is with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Brandon Powell and Adam Keim are with the High Desert Mavericks of the California Leage, the High-A afilliate of the Kansas City Royals.

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 Liberty in a three-game Big South set April 22-24. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m., Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.