CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina University alums Matt Rademacher (Bay City, Mich./Michigan) and Travis Risser (Palmyra, Pa./James Madison) will continue their baseball careers at the professional level in the Frontier League. Rademacher signed a contract with the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums, while Risser will pitch for the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things.
Rademacher played in 52 games with 50 starts, almost all of them behind the plate, for the Chanticleers in 2007. He hit .340 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBI while leading the Big South with a .473 on-base percentage. Rademacher was a First Team All-Big South selection and was named to the Big South All-Tournament Team. He had a walk-off game-winning home run April 28 against Liberty and had a .444 slugging percentage in Big South games. Rademacher had 16 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI performances and is in the top-10 in the nation in sacrifice bunts (20). He also was selected to the Big South All-Academic Team and graduated from Coastal in May with a degree in English.
Risser was 2-1 with a 5.25 earned-run average in 20 appearances for the Chanticleers this season. In 24 innings pitched, Risser struck out 16, while walking nine. He earned three saves, including preserving a 3-2 win over Virginia Feb. 11, and got the win in the Big South Tournament championship game against Liberty. In the game against the Flames, Risser allowed only one hit in three innings pitched. He also pitched three of Coastals four games in the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Risser will join former Coastal outfielder Matt Sutton on the Wild Things roster.
Coastal (50-13) won 50 games in a season for the second time in three years in 2007. Coastal was a top-seed and hosted the 2007 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional. The Chanticleers also won both the Big South regular season and tournament championship for the first time since 2002.