Ryan McGraw Named First Team All-Conference


Ryan McGraw Named First Team All-Conference




ROCK HILL, S.C. - CCU junior Ryan McGraw was named First Team All-Big South Conference, while five other Chants were selected on the second team, announced by the Big South Conference, May 22. The All-Conference teams are chosen by the head baseball coaches and sports information directors at each member institution The All-Academic Team and Baseball Scholar-Athlete are chosen by the League’s sports information directors.

McGraw picked up his second First Team All-Big South honor in his career as he was named to the team last season. The junior from Saginaw, Michigan, curently leads the team and Big South in stolen bases (43). This season, he set new Coastal career records in stolen bases (136) and runs scored (190).

Joining McGraw on the All-Conference teams were second-teamers even Carter, Mike Costanzo, Brett Grandstrand, Brandon Powell and Justin Sturge.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Carter has a team-best 10-3 record, including 3-1 in Big South play. He has a 4.30 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 102.0 innings pitched. He currently ranks fourth all-time in career wins and fifth in career strikeouts (261).He was named First Team All-Conference in 2002.

Costanzo, the freshman from Springfield, Pa., a 2003 Second Team All-Big South selection as the designated hitter, ranks third on the team with a .309 batting average with six home runs and 36 RBIs. His 47 hits ranks sixth on the team.

A native of Newcastle, Washington, Grandstrand, while starting 55 games as Coastal’s shortstop, ranks fourth on the team in hitting at .308 and is tied for second on the team in home runs (6). Grandstrand also ranks second on the team in stolen bases with 33.

From Johnsonville, S.C., Powell has been the starter at second base for Coastal Carolina in all team 57 games this season, averaging .357 at the plate, best on the team. Now a four-time Second Team All-Big South selection at second base, he holds five CCU career records including hits (292), at-bats (854), doubles (61), games played (233) and total bases (425).

Sturge, a native from Syracuse N.Y., has been a solid performer on the mound for the Chants. Sturge finished the regular season with a 9-3 record, including a 3-1 mark in league play. His 3.22 ERA is best among Coastal starters, while his 83 strikeouts also ranks second best on the team.

Senior Jeff Baker was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team. The native of Independence, Mo., finished the regular season with a .280 batting average, while belting a team high nine home runs, along with 35 RBI. Baker, has a 3.64 GPA as a Business Management Major.

The second-seeded Chanticleers continue on their pursuit of their third straight Big South Conference Tournament title, as they take on Elon on Friday in a winners bracket game on Friday.