The 56-game regular season slate begins Saturday, Feb. 7, against Delaware State University. That begins the first of 16 straight games in the area, which includes three tournaments hosted by CCU. The Bojangles Beach Blast features the University of Missouri, Evansville University and the State University of New York at Albany, Feb. 19-22 at Charles Watson Field. The Chants then head to Coastal Federal Field for the Baseball at the Beach that features Kent State University, Ohio State University and the University of Richmond. The Country Inn and Suites Shootout will be held on the CCU campus, March 5-7, and features Ball State University, the College of William and Mary and Seton Hall University.
The Big South schedule opens March 26 as Coastal hosts a three-game series with conference newcomer Birmingham-Southern College. Coastal also has home conference series against Winthrop University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and High Point University. The Chants travel to Virginia Military Institute, Radford University, Charleston Southern University and Liberty University for three-game sets.
Coastal takes a break from Big South play April 30-May 2 and travels to Coral Gables, Fla., to face Miami in a three-game series. The Hurricanes advanced to the College World Series in 2003. The Big South Tournament will once again be held on the Winthrop campus in Rock Hill May 26-30.
This schedule is on par with the last couple of years, which has enabled us to position ourselves as one of the top teams in the RPI, Gilmore said. If everyone, including ourselves, lives up to billing, it should be a top-50 schedule.
The highlight of the schedule is the trip to Miami, which is late in the season. That will be a litmus test for our program to see if we can win a regional, as Miami is the caliber team we will have to beat to do that.
Coastal went 45-18 in 2003 and won the Big South Tournament, advancing to the NCAA regionals for the third straight year.