May 27, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina baseball team, ranked 29th by Collegiate Baseball, will be the third seed in the NCAA Blacksburg Regional and face #2 seed Oklahoma. The Chanticleers and Sooners will play at Virginia Tech's English Field on Friday (May 31) at 1pm on ESPN3.
For the second straight year, Coastal has been placed in a regional that ESPN has recognized in its one-hour selection show. Last year, Coastal - with South Carolina, Clemson and Manhattan - was in the "toughest regional," This year, ESPN has declared Virginia Tech as one of the two Regionals with the "best storylines."
Coastal has never faced Oklahoma in baseball but is familiar with both top-seed Virginia Tech and fourth-seed Connecticut. The Chants dropped a heart-breaking 4-3, 10-inning loss in Blacksburg last season and are 6-3 all-time versus the Hokies. CCU and UConn met twice in the 2011 NCAA Clemson Regional with CCU claiming game one, 13-1, and the Huskies coming back later to eliminate the Chants in the losers bracket with a 12-6 victory en route to winning the Regional. Last year, Connecticut faced CCU during one of the Chants' early season tournaments with Coastal winning 6-2 to own a 2-1 all-time advantage in the series.
Coastal is now one off 11 programs to reach an NCAA Regional each of the last seven years, dating back to 2007. The others to duplicate the feat are Florida State, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Rice and Cal State Fullerton.
Coastal faced 11 teams that reached the field of 64, playing top-seed North Carolina twice and regional hosts Kansas State, Indiana and North Carolina State. The Chants were 8-10 versus the field with wins over regional host Kansas State, Florida Atlantic, UNC Wilmington, Liberty (3) and Georgia Tech (2). The Chants lost versus North Carolina (2), lost 8-7 versus Elon, lost 8-3 to San Diego, lost 9-1 to Indiana, lost 5-4 in 10 innings to North Carolina State, lost 13-7 at UNC Wilmington, lost once at Georgia Tech and dropped two games to Liberty in the Big South Tournament.
NCAA Blacksburg Regional Schedule
Friday, May 31
Game 1 - Coastal Carolina vs. Oklahoma - 1 PM (ESPN3)
Game 2 - Virginia Tech vs. Connecticut - 5:30 PM
Saturday, June 1
Game 3 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - 1 PM
Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 2
Game 5 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser - 1 PM
Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner - 5:30 PM
Monday, June 3
Game 7 (if necessary) - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner - 7 PM