Baseball Heads to Danville for the Big South Tournament
Baseball Heads to Danville for the Big South Tournament
Coastal Carolina (43-11) at Big South Tournament May 21-24 Dan Daniel Memorial Park - Danville, Va. Coastal Rotation TBA National Rankings Coastal - 13th (NCBWA), 16th (USA TODAY/ESPN), 22nd (Baseball America), 27th (Collegiate Baseball) Live Stats: www.BigSouthSports.com Live Audio: www.GoCCUSports.com (THE TEAM 93.9 FM) Live Video:THE EDGE at www.BigSouthSports.com The 13th-rankedCoastal Carolina University baseball team (43-11) heads to Dan Daniel Memorial Park in Danville, Va., for the 2008 Royal Purple Big South Baseball Tournament May 21-24. Coastal will open the tournament Wednesday, May 21, facing either Radford, Charleston Southern or UNC Asheville at 11 a.m. Coastal is the top seed in the tournament for the second straight season after going 17-3 in the league. All of Coastal’s Big South Tournament games can be heard on THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach with Matt Hogue on the call. BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Coastal is 53-21 all-time in Big South Tournament history. The Chanticleers have won the event eight times, including last year’s tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. Coastal went 4-0 in the tournament, including a 6-5 win over Liberty in the championship game. Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) was the tournament Most Valuable Player and he joined Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell), Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Adam Vrable, Matt Rademacher, Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) and Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) on the All-Tournament Team. COASTAL WINS 11TH REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: For the 11th time in school history, Coastal Carolina won the Big South Conference regular-season title. The Chanticleers wrapped up the outright title with its 10-4 win over Radford May 16. Coastal has won the crown five of the last 10 years. Coastal won all seven Big South series this season, marking the third time in the last four years CCU has accomplished that feat. WEATHER FORECAST: Wednesday, Partly Cloudy, High 76. Thursday, Mostly Sunny, High 75. Friday, Sunny, High 75. Saturday, Sunny, High 77. GILMORE GRABS #500 AT CCU IN SATURDAY’S WIN: Coastal Head Coach Gary Gilmore earned his 500th win at Coastal in CCU’s 18-8 victory over Radford May 17. Gilmore also earned his 400th win at CCU at Radford May 12, 2006. Gilmore is 500-274 at Coastal and 753-376 in his 19th season as a head coach. ANDERSON NAMED BIG SOUTH CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Winthrop junior Bryn Henderson (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) and Coastal Carolina junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C.) have been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Co-Players of the Week, it was announced May 19 by the League office. Anderson continued his torrid hitting for the Chanticleers, as he hit .818 (9-11) and slugged 1.545 in Coastal’s two games last week. He was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run in CCU’s 10-4 win at Radford on Friday, then collected five hits with a homer and two driven in on Saturday. Anderson also recorded his first save of the year as he tossed 4.0 innings with two strikeouts and one earned run in Friday’s victory against the Highlanders. Anderson has 17 hits in his last 21 at-bats. SAPPELT SAYS SEE YA THREE TIMES vs. RADFORD: Just one week after David Anderson hit three home runs in a game, junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) did the same thing in Coastal’s 18-8 win over Radford May 17. His home runs came in the third, fifth and eighth innings. His final home run broke an 8-8 tie and his seven RBI were a career high. Sappelt has 15 home runs on the season and he is sixth in Coastal history with 30 career home runs. CHANT LINEUP POTENT IN RADFORD SERIES: Coastal hit .422 in the two-game series against Radford, scoring 28 runs and belting seven home runs. Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) was 9-for-11 with two home runs and five RBI. Junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) hit .500 with three RBI. Freshman Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) had four hits, including his second home run of the year, and four RBI. Junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) drove in eight and had a 1.200 slugging percentage. Eleven different Chanticleers had at least one hit in the series. ANDERSON EARNS WEEKLY HONORS AFTER POWER SURGE: Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) was named the Big South Player of the Week, the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and the NCBWA Pro-Line Athletic National Hitter of the Week after a three-game series against High Point. Anderson had a monster power weekend in the Chanticleers’ three games against High Point, going 8-15 with five home runs, nine RBI and a 1.533 slugging percentage. Although hitless in the opener, he was intentionally walked in the 11th inning, a move that set up senior Tommy Baldridge’s (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) game-winning single. Anderson then went 4-for-5 with three home runs, three runs scored and seven RBI in game two, and came back with a 4-for-5 effort with two homers and two RBI in the series finale. Anderson, believed to be the first Coastal player to hit three home runs in a game in the Chanticleers’ Division I history, also pitched two scoreless and hitless innings on Sunday with one strikeout. For the week, Anderson batted .533, posted an on-base average of .563 and tallied 23 total bases. CHANTS BLAST 12 HOME RUNS vs. HPU: Coastal hit 12 home runs in the three-game series against High Point, five from junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll)... Coastal now has 83 home runs on the year, second all-time and first in Division I action. The 1983 team hit 109 home runs... Coastal moved from 21st to 12th in the country in home runs after the weekend... Anderson took over the lead in the Big South with his 17 home runs... Senior Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell) hit his first home run of the season on Senior Day... Anderson’s three home run came three days after Cincinnati Red Joey Votto hit three home runs against the Chicago Cubs. Votto originally signed with Coastal out of high school, but was picked by the Reds in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft. DOYLE A SEMIFINALIST FOR THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD: Redshirt junior catcher Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2008 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by AT&T and Papa John’s Pizza. This award is presented annually at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet to the nation’s top collegiate catcher, as voted on by the national voting committee which is comprised of sportswriters, sportscasters, Division I coaches and scouts. Statistical information will be compiled on each of the semifinalists and sent to the national voting committee for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 3, 2008. A final vote among the national selection committee will occur during the College World Series. All three finalists and their coaches will be invited to Wichita for the 11th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27, 2008, in Wichita. SENIOR DAY A SUCCESS: Coastal’s three seniors each had a hand in the 12-3 win over High Point May 11. Senior Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell) was 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Maple Woods C.C.) had his first career hit with a pinch-hit single in the eighth. COMEBACK TRAIL: For the first time this season, Coastal came back to win a game after trailing after eight innings in a 7-6, 11-inning win over High Point May 9. Coastal was down 6-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but juniors David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) and Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) drove in runs in the ninth to send it into extra innings. Senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) bases-loaded single in the 11th was hit second walk-off hit of the season as the Chanticleers took the 7-6 win. HOME RUN DERBY: The ball was flying out of Russ Chandler Stadium May 2-4, as there were 16 home runs hit by the two teams in the three-game series against Georgia Tech. Junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) had his first multi-home run game of his career in the 10-9 win on Saturday. Coastal now has 83 home runs in 54 games played. CHANTS DOUBLED THEIR FUN VS. THE CITADEL: Coastal had five doubles in the 9-1 win over The Citadel. That gave the Chanticleers 100 for the season. Junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) recorded his team-leading 16th double of the year, while junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) had his 12th double and his ninth home run of the year. Coastal has seven players in double figures in doubles this season. FLEET EARNS QUALITY START IN CITADEL WIN: Sophomore Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) allowed just four hits and one run in six innings in a 9-1 win over The Citadel April 30. In one stretch, Fleet retired 14 Bulldogs in a row and had three strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the season. VMI SERIES NOTES: In Coastal’s 5-2 win over the Keydets on Friday, Coastal played past 11 p.m., for the second time in the last three games. Rain delayed the start of the game until 8:30 p.m. The final pitch was thrown at 11:18 p.m... Coastal held VMI to seven runs in the three-game series. The Chants struck out 22 while walking only three... Sophomore Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) is the Big South’s only seven-game winner after going 7.1 innings while allowing just one run and striking out four in the 12-1 win... Coastal had the leadoff man reach just once in the 4-3 loss on Sunday. Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) homered to lead off the fifth. WOODWARD GETTING ON BASE: Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) leads the team and the Big South with a .513 on-base percentage. The freshman leads the League in walks (42), stolen bases (35) and hit-by-pitches (25). In the last 10 games, Woodward has eight walks and has driven in 11 runs with a .537 on-base percentage. CHANTS SLOW DOWN CofC BATS: The College of Charleston came into the game against Coastal April 22 leading the country in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage, but the Chant arms held the Cougars to just four hits, one of which came on runner’s interference. Freshman Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) allowed just one hit in six innings of work. ANDERSON GOES DEEP TWICE IN CofC WIN: Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) belted two home runs in the 8-6 win over the College of Charleston April 22. His towering shot in the seventh gave the Chants the two-run cushion. He now has 17 home runs on the season, 26 in his career and three against the Cougars. WOODWARD NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina freshman infielder Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week for games played April 14-20, it was announced by the League office. Woodward batted .444 (8-18) in five wins last week for the Chanticleers. He recorded hits in all five games and drove in runs in four. The freshman opened the week by going 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk in the 8-3 win over No. 16 Virginia. He then had two hits, including his first triple of the season, in a 12-0 win over Elon. Woodward had five hits and seven RBI in the three-game sweep of UNC Asheville. His big day came on Saturday, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and five RBI in the 10-4 win. He also had his third home run of the season in the Saturday win. Woodward also extended his hitting streak to 10 games and stole his 27th base of the year. On the week, Woodward slugged .722, posted a .600 on-base percentage, walked seven times, knocked in eight runs and hit .556 against UNC Asheville. RPI WATCH: Coastal is 10th in Boyd’s World and 13th in WarrenNolan.com’s simulated RPI rankings. Coastal was ninth in the second official RPI as of May 11. PITCHING SOLID VS. UNCA: Coastal’s starting pitchers April 18-20 all were strong. Junior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) went eight-plus innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven in the 4-3 win Friday night. He matched up with UNCA’s Alan DeRatt, who allowed just three hits in eight innings. Sophomore Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) then did not allow a run in seven innings, winning a team-best sixth game of the year. Senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Maple Woods C.C.) pitched seven innings and gave up only one earned run in the 3-2 win on Sunday. In relief, junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) earned two wins while striking out three in three innings. ESPNU SHOWS CHANTS WIN: Coastal’s 3-2 win over UNC Asheville April 20 was broadcast on ESPNU. Coastal has had six games on the cable network the past three seasons, including all four games of the 2007 Myrtle Beach Regional. COASTAL IN THE POLLS: Coastal is 14th in the NCBWA poll, 16th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, 22nd in the Baseball America poll and 27th in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Coastal also is 25th in the Rivals.com poll. COASTAL IN THE PROS: Seven former Coastal players have started the 2008 season in the minor leagues. Mike Costanzo is in Norfolk, the Triple A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Michael DeJesus is in Sarasota, the Single A afililate of the Cincinnati Reds. Dom Duggan is in San Jose, the High A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, while Brandon Powell is playing for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Andy DeLaGarza, John Mariotti and Austin Hinkle all are in the South Atlantic League. DeLaGarza is in Augusta (San Francisco), Mariotti in Delmarva (Baltimore) and Hinkle in Columbus (Tampa Bay). COASTAL ADDS RIGHT FIELD DECK: The first game of the UNC Asheville series also was the opening game for the new deck beyond the wall in right field. The deck holds 180 fans and will be open for the final nine games at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. DOYLE RATED THIRD-BEST CATCHER BY RIVALS.COM: Junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) is ranked the third best catcher in the country by the website Rivals.com. The site lists weekly rakings for several positions. Doyle is behind Buster Posey of Florida State and Ryan Lavarnway of Yale in the April 15 rankings. Doyle is hitting .363 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI for the Chanticleers. ANDERSON HEATING UP: Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) had a great midweek in wins over Virginia and Elon April 15-16. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in the 8-3 win over Virginia. His single in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie. Anderson then hit his fifth home run and earned the win on the mound in the 12-0 victory over Elon. He allowed just five hits and struck out three in six innings of work. CHANTS SUCCESSFUL vs. THE ACC: Coastal is 9-4 against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2008. Coastal recently defeated Georgia Tech 10-9 and also have wins over North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, N.C. State and two wins apiece against Maryland and Virginia Tech. DOYLE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina catcher Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while Winthrop senior Ryan Mullins (Wooster, Ohio) has been named New Balance Pitcher of the Week for games played April 7-13, it was announced today by the League office. Doyle batted .571 (8-14) with three home runs and 10 RBI to lead Coastal to a perfect 4-0 week. He had all the home runs and RBI in the series against Charleston Southern. His grand slam in the 14-7 win over the Bucs on Friday catapulted a seven-run second inning. For the second straight game, Doyle drove in four runs in the 15-5 win in the first game Saturday. This time, Doyle had two home runs and went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and a walk. Doyle concluded the series by going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI in the 11-1 win. He opened the week by going 1-for-3 with a run scored in the 5-4 win at N.C. State. For the week, Doyle scored eight runs, walked five times, posted a 1.429 slugging percentage and .684 on-base average. The junior also threw out a runner trying to steal and had a pickoff in the N.C. State win. ROAD WARRIORS: Coastal won nine games in a row on the road before a 4-3 loss at VMI. Coastal is 16-7 on the road this season and is hitting .320 away from Conway. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN SERIES NOTES: Coastal has now won six straight games against the Buccaneers... Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) went 8-for-13 in the series with six runs scored, three doubles and four hit by pitches... Sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.) extended his hitting streak to 15 games, recording hits in all three games of the series... Coastal had 18 extra-base hits in the sweep... Every Coastal pitching change took place in the start of an inning... Coastal used 11 pitchers and recorded 28 strikeouts. ANDRELCZYK GETS CHANTS OUT OF JAMS: Junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) came into the North Carolina State game in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out. He quickly got out of trouble by inducing Tommy Foschi into a double play. He also got a double play groundout in the seventh. Andrelczyk is 5-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 40.2 innings. BIG SOUTH SERIES STREAK: Coastal has not lost a Big South series since it dropped two games at Liberty April 22-24, 2006. Coastal has won 17 straight series, including a two-game sweep of Radford May 16-17. ONE RUN WIN ONCE AGAIN: For the sixth time overall, Coastal won a game by one run April 9 against North Carolina State. The 5-4 win was spurred by a four-run sixth, which included two RBI by freshman Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) as well as home runs from sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.) and junior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). Coastal has eight one-run wins this season. GAGG NAMED BIG SOUTH PITCHER OF THE WEEK: VMI outfielder Brian Sandridge (Brownsburg, Va.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina junior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) has been named New Balance Pitcher of the Week for games played March 31-April 6, it was announced April7 by the League office. Gagg went eight innings, allowed just an unearned run and struck out three in defeating Winthrop, 2-1 in the series opener with the Eagles on Friday, April 4. He did not allow an extra-base hit or a walk, as he has just four walks in 44.1 innings pitched this season. Gagg got out of a first and second jam in the first inning with a strikeout, and later retired eight in a row from the sixth to eighth innings, getting stronger as the game went on. LONGBALL VITAL IN WINTHROP SERIES: Coastal hit five home runs in the Winthrop series this weekend, as each one was important to Coastal winning the first two games. Back-to-back home runs from sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.) and junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) gave Coastal a 2-1 win over Winthrop on Friday. In the first game Sunday, Coastal’s three hits all came by way of the longball. Freshman Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton), sophomore Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s) and Rice went deep in the 5-1 win over the Eagles. Coastal has hit 83 home runs after 55 games this season. PITCHING SOLID IN WINS OVER WINTHROP: The Chanticleers received several solid pitching performances in the wins over Winthrop. Junior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) struck out five in eight innings of work in the 2-1 win April 4. Senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Maple Woods C.C.) struck out seven in seven innings to improve his record to 4-0 in the 5-1 win April 6. Junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) appeared in all three games against the Eagles, striking out six and recording two saves in 4.2 innings of work. BULLPEN LOCKS UP WIN OVER WAKE: Coastal’s three pitchers that came out of the bullpen - junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll), freshman Matt Rein (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek) and junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) - combined to throw 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits, one run and no walks while striking out six in the 9-4 win over Wake Forest. Anderson earned the win to improve his record to 4-1 on the year. HAUG NAMED BIG SOUTH PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Maple Woods C.C.) was named the New Balance Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season March 31. Haug had a hand in all three wins for Coastal, going 10 innings and allowing just two hits, no runs and striking out 13 batters. The senior pitched the last 3.2 innings in the 5-1 win over The Citadel March 25, striking out three batters and not allowing a hit in earning the save. Haug came in with the game tied at three in the fifth inning and held Liberty to just two hits and one intentional walk in 5.1 innings in the 5-3 win over the Flames Friday night. He struck out 10 batters, including six in a row, as the Chants earned the win in extra frames. Haug then came in with Coastal up 2-1 with a runner on first and no one out on Sunday and got a fly out and a game-ending double play to preserve the victory. Haug inherited four runners and did not allow one to score in his three appearances. CHANTS GET THEM ON, BUT CAN’T GET THEM IN: Coastal hit just .206 with runners in scoring position in the three-game series against Liberty, but senior Tommy Baldridge’s (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) had two hits in that situation, including a two-run single in the 11th in Coastal’s 5-3 win over Liberty March 28. McCULLY THROWS GEM IN WIN OVER LIBERTY: Sophomore Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) threw eight-plus innings in Coastal’s 2-1 win over Liberty March 30. He allowed just three hits and one run, while striking out four and improving his record to 4-1 on the year. WHEELER, HAUG SHUT DOWN BULLDOG BATS: Freshman Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Maple Woods C.C.) combined on a four-hitter with six strikeouts in a 5-1 win over The Citadel March 25. Wheeler allowed only four hits and one run in 5.1 innings, while Haug came in and did not allow a hit and had three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. NEW FACES SHINE IN ALBANY SERIES: Three Coastal players saw their first action in a Chanticleer uniform in the three-game series against Albany. Freshman Dustin King (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest) drove in two runs with a double in Saturday’s 18-4 win over the Great Danes. Freshman Paul Rodriguez (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest) pitched the final inning of that game, striking out a batter in his first appearance. Freshman Matt Rein (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek) pitched the eighth inning of Sunday’s 17-4 win, striking out a batter in an inning of work. BATS COME OUT IN ALBANY SWEEP: Coastal hit .411 in the three-game sweep of Albany March 21-23. The Chanticleers pounded out 44 hits, eight of which came from junior David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance). Sappelt also had two home runs and eight RBI in the series. Fourteen different Chanticleers had at least one hit in the series and there were 17 extra-base hits in three games. WHEELER IMPRESSES IN CLEMSON GAME: Freshman Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in Coastal’s 9-6 loss to Clemson. Wheeler pitched the final 6.2 innings, allowing just a double in the eighth, and now has 60 strikeouts in 59.2 innings pitched. HAUG NAMED BIG SOUTH PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo,/Maple Woods C.C.) has been named New Balance Pitcher of the Week for games played March 10-16, it was announced March 16 by the League office. Haug had a hand in two big Coastal wins over ranked opponents last week. He struck out a pair in 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and an unearned run in the 11-4 win at No. 3 North Carolina. Haug allowed two runs in two innings in a 4-1 loss against No. 25 Michigan, but came back the next day and earned the win over the Wolverines, striking out three and giving up just one hit. Haug had five strikeouts on the week and did not allow a run in the three runners he inherited out of the bullpen. Haug is now 5-0 with four saves and a team-leading 2.25 ERA in 23 appearances. CHANTS BEAT ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT: Coastal ended the Centex Homes Invitational with an 11-9 win over 25th-ranked Michigan. Coastal had to do it in come-from-behind fashion, taking a 10-9 lead in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell). Junior David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance) gave CCU an 11-9 cushion in the eighth with a solo home run. Coastal avenged a 4-1 loss on Saturday to the Wolverines. DOYLE EARNS CONFERENCE, PLAYER OF THE WEEK, SPOTLIGHT PERFORMER HONOR: Coastal Carolina junior catcher Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Baseball Player of the Week, it was announced by the League office March 10. He also was the Spotlight Performer of the Week by Ping!Baseball. Doyle batted .500 (8-16) in four wins last week for Coastal, scoring three runs, belting three home runs and driving in 10 on the week. He started the week by going 2-for-3 with four RBI in the 13-6 win over Toledo. Doyle walked twice and hit a home run in the win over the Rockets. He was 5-for-9 with six RBI in the two games against Ball State. Doyle was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in the 6-1 win March 8, and then went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI in the 10-8 win. His two-run double in the eighth inning brought in the game-winning runs. Doyle also slugged 1.188 on the week, had a .550 on-base percentage and threw out 2-of-3 runners trying to steal. BALDRIDGE NAMED A CANDIDATE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Coastal Carolina University baseball senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe’s Baseball Senior CLASS Award, it was announced March 10. Baldridge is one of 30 senior baseball players that made the initial list. This is the second straight year that a Coastal baseball player had made the list. CHANTS BEAT #3 UNC 11-4: Coastal picked up a very impressive 11-4 win over third-ranked North Carolina March 11, improving its record to 13-1 on the year. Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) improved his record to 3-0 on the mound and freshman Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) and sophomore Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) had three RBI apiece in the win. The win is the second by Coastal over a top-five team in the last four years. Coastal defeated fifth-ranked Georgia Tech 7-6 May 10, 2005. TRIPLE PLAY!!!: Coastal completed a triple play in the 6-1 win over Ball State March 8. With two on and no one out, Matt Stoeklen hit a shot to second that freshman Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) skied for and grabbed. He then stepped on second to force out Justin Rogers and threw to first to retire Dean Anna for a triple play. It was the first triple play at Watson Stadium since 2005. McCULLY EARNS TWO HONORS: Coastal Carolina sophomore Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) has been named the New Balance Pitcher of the Week for games played Feb. 25-March 2, it was announced March 4 by the Big South Conference office. He also was the Southeast Region Player of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. McCully picked up a win and a save in his two appearances last week for the Chanticleers. On Friday, Feb. 29, he struck out two Marshall batters to save the 4-2 win. Sunday, March 2, against George Mason, McCully started and was nearly unhittable in the 6-0 win over the Patriots. He allowed just a bunt single to lead off the game and finished with nine strikeouts, one hit and one walk allowed in seven innings. McCully tied his career-high in strikeouts and earned his ninth career win as a Chanticleer. BALDRIDGE SENDS EVERYONE HOME HAPPY: Senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) scored sophomore Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) with the game-winning run in the 10th inning of the 9-8 win over Toledo March 6. Baldridge went 3-for-3 on the day after coming in as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. PITCHING AND DEFENSE WINS BASEBALL AT THE BEACH: Coastal sported a 1.50 earned-run average and made only two errors in going 4-0 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament Feb. 29-March 2. The Chants received excellent starting pitching outings from junior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill), junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and sophomore Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) on the weekend. Coastal’s pitchers struck out 26 batters while giving up only eight walks. The Chants also had a .987 fielding percentage in the four games. GILMORE COMES THROUGH IN WCU WIN: Sophomore Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) had two doubles and drove in four runs in the 7-1 win over Western Carolina March 2. His first double gave Coastal a 2-1 lead, while his second in the sixth opened up the game for the Chants, giving them a 6-1 lead. Gilmore went 3-for-9 with a .556 slugging percentage in the tournament. Gilmore then had a career day in the 13-6 win over Toledo March 5. He had two doubles, hit his first career home run and had four RBI in the win over the Rockets. The next day, he had a triple in the 10th and scored the winning run in the 9-8 victory over Toledo. Gilmore also had a three-run double in the 11-4 win over North Carolina March 11. DOYLE DRIVES ’EM IN: Redshirt junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) drove in six runs on the weekend in the IMICHotels.com INN-vitational, including the game-winning single in the 10th inning as the Chants defeated Virginia Tech 4-3 Feb. 25. Doyle also had the game-winning hit in the 4-2 win over Marshall Feb. 29. Doyle is hitting .356 with 17 doubles and 56 runs-batted-in on the season. He also has thrown out 11-of-25 runners trying to steal. GOING EXTRA: After playing just three extra-inning games during 2007, Coastal has already played in four games that have gone past nine innings this season. Coastal defeated Virginia Tech 4-3 in 10 innings Feb. 25 and just one day later, fell to the College of Charleston 13-12 in 11 innings. The Chants came away with a 9-8 win over Toledo March 6 in 10 innings and defeated Liberty 5-3 in 11 innings March 28. Coastal is now 5-2 the last two seasons in extra frames. HERE COMES THE BOOM: Sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.) had two home runs in his first five games as a Chanticleer. Rice belted a two-run shot in the 4-3 win over Virginia Tech Feb. 24 and then had a three-run blast in the 13-12 loss to the College of Charleston Feb. 26. Rice had four RBI, three of which came on a home run in the third, in the 11-9 win over Michigan March 16. CHANTS STEALING BAGS: After 55 games, Coastal has stolen 87 bases in 118 attempts. Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) leads the team with 35 swipes in 341 attempts. Last season, Coastal was 65-of-89 in stolen bases. WHAT A START FOR WOODWARD: Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) had an impressive opening weekend to his career, hitting .500 (7-of-14) with six runs scored and three walks. He also did damage on the basepaths, stealing seven in as many attempts. A GRANNY FOR SAPP: Junior David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance) had three hits on the weekend in the IMICHotels.com INN-vitational, but none bigger than the grand slam he had in the sixth inning of the 10-4 win over Maryland. It was Sappelt’s third career grand slam and it gave the Chants a 6-1 lead. Sappelt’s other four run home runs came at Troy April 8, 2007 and at home against Liberty April 29. FLEET RETURNS WITH A SOLID PERFORMANCE: Redshirt sophomore Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe), who had not pitched since May of 2006 due to a torn labrum, came back in style in the 5-3 win over Maryland Feb. 24. Fleet threw 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out three. The Terps hit just .167 off of Fleet. DRAFT DODGERS: Coastal has five players on its roster that were taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Redshirt junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2007 draft. Redshirt junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 44th round last season. Sophomore Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) was taken in the 2006 draft by the Atlanta Braves and freshman Chad Jenkins (Newark, Del./Caravel Academy) was picked by the Washington Nationals in this past summer’s draft. Sophomore Jim Birmingham (Pine Hill, N.J./Overbrook (Penn)) was taken by the Nationals in the 25th round in 2006. WATSON STADIUM/VROOMAN FIELD UNDERGOES CHANGES IN OFFSEASON: Fans entering Charles Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field for the home opener Feb. 22 against Maryland noitced a difference in the field and in the stands to the Chanticleer baseball home. Coastal has added chairback seats throughout the grandstand, replacing the bleachers that were in all but the first three rows of the concourse. Fans will have a better view of the game, as a new net on the backstop eliminated most of the poles between the fans and the field. Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field also has new Field Turf in foul territory in the infield and behind home plate. The home bullpen area also has new Field Turf. There also was a significant upgrade to the clubhouse, including new lockers and a new training room. WHO’S BACK: Coastal returns five position starters and nine pitchers from last year’s 50-13 team. Outfielders David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance) and Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) return along with shortstop Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), third baseman Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell) and first baseman/designated hitter David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll). Catcher Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) also returns after starting 37 games behind the plate last season. Junior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) anchors a pitching staff that also returns Anderson and sophomore Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) in the rotation. TOUGH SCHEDULE FACES CHANTS: Coastal Carolina will play five teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top-30 along with 13 games against the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the 2008 schedule. Coastal will host Michigan for two games in the Centex Homes Invitational March 15-16. Michigan is ranked as high as eighth in the Baseball America poll. Coastal also has midweek games against North Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, Virginia and Wake Forest and has a three-game series at Georgia Tech May 2-4. MARTIN TO START FIFTH SEASON FOR CHANTS: Redshirt senior Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell) starts his fifth and final season in a Coastal Carolina uniform. Martin has a career .271 batting average with 23 doubles, five home runs and 93 runs-batted-in in 162 games. Martin played only three games in 2005 due to injury, earning a redshirt. Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) and Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Plattsburg (Maple Woods C.C.)) are Coastal’s other true seniors. Baldridge has a .358 career batting average with 17 home runs and 93 RBI, while Haug was 1-0 with a 3.66 earned-run average in his first season at Coastal in 2007. NEWCOMERS DOT COASTAL ROSTER: Coastal has 14 newcomers on the roster, including 10 true freshmen. Coastal has four transfers dotting the roster for the first time in 2008 - redshirt junior Jeff Richard (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield (Central Michigan)), sophomore Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./G. Holmes Braddock (St. John’s)), sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Kennedy (Elgin C.C.)) and sophomore Jim Birmingham (Pine Hill, N.J./Overbrook (Penn)). Freshman Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) is in the rotation for the first weekend, while classmate Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) is a probable starter in the outfield. COASTAL IN TOP-25 NATIONALLY IN WINNING PERCENTAGE (2001-07): Coastal Carolina is tied for 12th in winning percentage in the last seven years. The Chanticleers have a 301-136 record, good for a .689 winning percentage. Rice leads the country with a .773 percentage. Coastal is above such schools as North Carolina, LSU and Miami in the list. COASTAL TO VIDEO STREAM 23 GAMES: The Coastal Carolina University baseball team will have 23 of its games at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field video streamed on THE EDGE at www.BigSouthSports.com this season. The schedule began with the season opener Feb. 22 against Maryland beginning at 4 p.m. THE EDGE also will show every game of the 2008 Big South Baseball Tournament in Danville, Va. Each game will cost $4.95 or the baseball season package, which includes the Big South Game of the Week and other selected games by each conference school, will be $29.95. The Big South Tournament can be viewed for $6.95 per day or $14.95 for the entire tournament. PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS HIGHLIGHT EARLY HONOREES: Coastal had three players named to at least one Preseason All-America list before the 2008 season. Senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) was picked by Rivals.com as a First Team Preseason All-American. He also is a Second Team All-America by Louisville Slugger and by Ping! Baseball. Baldridge and junior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) were named to the Wallace Award Watch List. Gagg also was a Second Team All-America by Louisville Slugger, Ping! Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Junior David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance) was named a First Team All-Ping! Baseball member and was named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List. He also was named to the Third Team by Louisville Slugger. Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) was named to the 2008 Stopper of the Year Watch List. CHANTS PICKED TO WIN BIG SOUTH: The websites SouthEastern Baseball.com and Rivals.com as well as the College Baseball Insider have all picked Coastal to win the Big South. The Chanticleers also are picked 10th in SEBaseball’s Top 80 teams in the Southeast. Coastal was unanimously picked to win the Big South by the League’s coaches and sports information directors. COASTAL HOSTS 2007 MYRTLEBEACH REGIONAL: Coastal became the first Big South school to host a regional, as the Chanticleers were the number-one seed for the second time in three years. Coastal advanced to the regional championship game, falling to Clemson in the finale. The winner’s bracket final on June 3 brought in 6,231 fans, a record at BB&T Coastal Field. Dock Doyle, Dom Duggan and Bobby Gagg were named to the All-Myrtle Beach Regional team.
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