Coastal Carolina Universitys Ricky Shefka (Kinston, N.C./Old Dominion) was selected in the 20th round by the Washington Nationals in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft June 8. Shekfa joins teammates Mike Costanzo, Michael DeJesus and Byron Binda as selections from the 2005 Coastal baseball team.
Shefka went 12-2 with a 2.75 earned run average in 2005 for the Chanticleers. The righthander was an All-Big South First Team selection and was a two-time Big South Pitcher of the Week. Shefka struck out 81 batters while walking only 20 in 117.2 innings. He pitched back-to-back complete games in wins over Charleston Southern May 6 and UNC Asheville May 13. In Big South games, Shefka had a 7-0 record with a 1.44 earned run average. He pitched 8.2 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out six against Birmingham-Southern in the Big South Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team for his performance.
Coastal ended its season with a 50-16 record, the first 50-win season in Big South history. The Chanticleers were the top seed in the NCAA Tempe Regional and fell to Arizona State University in the first championship game 9-5.