Baseball Rated 17th-Best Program in NCAA by D1Baseball
CONWAY - Thanks in part to its 2016 NCAA College World Series Championship, the Coastal Carolina baseball program was rated the 17th-best baseball program in nation by D1Baseball.com.
D1Baseball.com is breaking down the top 100 programs in college baseball in a series. This installment lists programs ranked 11-20. In addition to Coastal at #17, other programs of note in the penultimate group includes the likes of South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas and UCLA while other programs previously released in the top 100 includes 2016 NCAA runner-up Arizona (22) and 2016 CCU College World Series opponent Rice (23) as well as 2017 CCU opponents Clemson (24), Louisiana (26), Indiana (#31), Maryland (34) and Wake Forest (42).
For the complete list (which requires a subscription), visit: D1Baseball Program Rankings 11-20. Teams 1-10 will be released tomorrow (Sept. 22).
Authored by Kendall Rogers and the D1Baseball.com staff, the bi-annual exercise it meant to determine the state of programs currently, not relying heavily on programs' results of the 1970's, 80's or 90's.
"Our ultimate goal here is to identify the programs in the best shape right now, with an eye toward the next five to 10 years," Rogers said. "So we began by awarding programs points for making regionals and having postseason success in the last five years, and a fewer amount of points for success between six and 10 years ago. That gave us a starting point; then editors Aaron Fitt and Rogers made adjustments based on evaluations of coaching staff quality and stability, facilities, scholarship/financial aid situation, conference dynamics, momentum and recruiting /player development proficiency."
With those benchmarks:
Coastal Carolina won the 2016 NCAA national title.
Over the past 10 years, Coastal has played in eight NCAA Regionals and three NCAA Super Regionals.
Since 2010, Coastal ranks 12th in the NCAA with 331 wins.
Since 2000, Coastal ranks sixth in the NCAA with a .684 winning percentage, while ranking eighth with 763 wins over the span.
Coastal has built what many consider as some of the nation's best overall facilities as the Boni Belle Hitting and Practice Facility was opened for the 2011 season and Coastal is in its third season of playing in the palatial Springs Brooks Stadium.
The program has had 12 players drafted over the last two seasons -- six each year, including four in within the top 10 rounds. Over the past 10 seasons, 39 players have been drafted, including 18 within the first 10 rounds.
Since 2011, seven Chanticleers have made their Major League Baseball debuts, including David Sappelt (2011), Mike Costanzo (2012), Tommy La Stella (2014), Keith Hessler (2015), Rico Noel (2015), Taylor Motter (2016) and Jacob May (2017).