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This Week In Coastal Carolina Athletics: April 12-18

Check out what's going on in Coastal Carolina Athletics for the week of April 12-18

April 12, 2012

The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics will host the inaugural Spring Spirit Weekend Friday through Sunday, April 13-15.

Spring Spirit Weekend Schedule of Events

Special Activities/Tailgating
Before, during and after the spring game Chanticleer fans are invited to partake in various events and festivities. The day starts off with the Teal Chicken Pig Pickin' BBQ Festival and Cook-Off at 11 a.m. Fans will also be able to enjoy entertainment provided by the Coca-Cola Refresh Crew that includes a video game trailer and interactive inflatables outside of Brooks Stadium. Aramark will be on hand to provide refreshments inside Brooks Stadium. The CCU Bookstore will also have its Brooks Stadium location open for fans to purchase Chanticleer gear! Chanticleer Athletics Ticket Office representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding tickets for the upcoming 2012 season as well as offering several enter-to-win chances for Coastal Carolina prizes.

Football
This Week: Coastal Carolina concludes its 15th day of spring practice with the annual Spring Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Prior to the game head coach Joe Moglia will speak about the day and introduce the coaching staff and their families. The gates at Brook Stadium open at noon (NOTE: only the main entrance (gate 3 – facing Watson Stadium) will be open for the Spring Game).

Baseball
This Week: The CCU baseball team (21-11) hosts VMI in its first home conference series of the season. First pitch Friday is set for 6 pm. Game time Saturday is 3:30 pm, which is a change from the original schedule. Sunday's game, which will be televised nationally on ESPNU, is set to begin at 2 pm.

On Tuesday, April 17, Coastal travels to Virginia Tech for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch at the Hokies’ English Field.

Last Week: The Chants took 2-of-3 at Gardner-Webb to run its Big South record to 4-2. Coastal also played mid-week games at UNC Wilmington, dropping a 5-4 decision in the 10th, before handing The Citadel a 6-2 loss at Watson Stadium on Wednesday. Coverage: Live stats will be available for tournament at GoCCUSports.com. All three Coastal Carolina games will be broadcast over the internet at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/coastal.portal# while Sunday’s game will be shown nationally on ESPNU.

Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
This Week: The track & field teams kick off Saturday’s Spring Spirit Weekend action as hosts to the annual Chanticleer Classic. The meet gets underway at 9 a.m. with the men’s javelin.

At noon, seniors Jason Flanagan, Corey Jameson, Jason Jensen, Burton Jones II, Kyle Kling, Anthony Lynch, Shane Norris, Chad Phillips, Tyler Swanson, Darren Tymczak, Santresa Jamison, Shantelle Patterson, Samantha Simile, Kierra Gabe, Christian Johnson, Brittany Connor will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Chanticleer track and field programs.

The women’s track and field team, bolstered by nine NCAA East Region top 48 performances this season, broke into the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings at number 12.

In addition to the collegians competing in the Chanticleer Classis, several Coastal Carolina alums will also compete in the meet. Most notably Coastal Carolina Hall of Fame member Mark Johnson and 2011 graduate Jacques Watson. Johnson, who still holds both the CCU and Big South pole vault record of 5.40m (17-8.5), is chasing the 2012 Olympic Games “B” standard of 5.60m (18-4.5). If Johnson obtains the Olympic Games “B” standard he will represent Iceland in London.

Watson will compete in the high jump. He is looking for the 2012 Olympic Trials standards “A” height of 2.28m (7-5.75) or “B” mark of 2.20m (7-2.5) in order to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. for a spot on the Olympic Team. Watson currently holds the school and conference record at 2.25m (7-4.5).

Last Week: Coastal splits its squads sending student-athletes to both the Duke Invitational and the Auburn-hosted Tiger Track Classic.

The Chanticleers came back to Conway with a plethora of top 10 finishes along with numerous personal and season-best performances at the two meets. Leading the Coastal men on the week were seniors Jason Flanagan and Burton Jones II. Flanagan won his third consecutive javelin event title at the Tiger Track Classic with a throw of 72.09m (236-06). Jones II turned in Coastal’s fourth best all-time triple jump performance with a leap of 14.72m (48-03.50), ranking him atop the Big South and 47th in the NCAA East Region.

The women’s team was led by Mary Lawrence, Shantelle Patterson, Erica Peake and the 4x400m relay team. Lawrence set a personal-record in the pole vault clearing 3.85m (12-07.50) at the Tiger track Classic to earn a 31st NCAA East Region ranking. Patterson (hammer throw) and Peake (200m) broke in to the top 20 of the NCAA East Region at Auburn. Patterson threw for 46.55m (185-06) while Peake stopped the clock in 23.76. The 4x400m relay quartet of Peake, Qwontajah Thompson, Santresa Jamison, and Sharmaine Barnes posted Coastal’s top time of the year with a 3:42.84 to rank tops in the Big South and 43rd in the NCAA East Region.

Coverage: Live results are available HERE for the Chanticleer Classic. Make sure to visit GoCCUSports.com for results and full recap.

Softball
This Week: Softball returns home to face Liberty in a three game series beginning on Saturday with a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. The final game of the series takes place on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Chanticleers will look to get back in the win column after dropping their last three games. Coastal is 30-14 overall and 7-5 in the Big South after falling at Charleston Southern on Tuesday by a 4-3 score. Liberty heads into the weekend with a 14-24 overall record and a 5-7 mark in the Big South action. The Flames hold the slight 28-27 advantage in the all-time series. Coastal earned a 2-1 win at home over Liberty in the first game of the series last season before the Flames took the next two games 4-1 and 5-0.

Last Week: The Chanticleers took 1-of-3 from Radford on the Highlanders’ home field. The Chants earned their 30th win beating Radford 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. Coastal had not posted 30-plus wins since the 2006 season that saw the Chanticleers finish 38-22 with a Big South championship and a NCAA Regional appearance.

Coastal had an impressive showing on Friday against Radford, as the Chanticleers hammered nine home runs on the day. The Chants recorded four round-trippers in the first game against the Highlanders to snap Radford’s 17-game home win streak. The win was the Chants’ first regular season victory over Radford since 2007 when the Chanticleers won 7-5 in Radford. During the second game Radford went ahead 9-0 through the first three innings, but Coastal had an impressive comeback that came up just short, as the final score was 9-8. The Chanticleers recorded five home runs in the second game. Based on Coastal’s game by game archives, which dates back to 2003, the Chanticleers nine home runs in one day is a school record. Coastal then played Charleston Southern on Tuesday, losing 4-3. The two teams entered the game tied for second in the conference.

Coverage: Live stats available via GoCCUSports.com

Women’s Tennis
This Week: Coastal has two remaining home matches before traveling to Asheville for the Big South Conference Championship. The Chants host non-conference opponent East Carolina on Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m. followed by UNC Asheville on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

Last Week: Coastal posted a 1-2 record last week dropping a pair of road matches against Big South opponents Winthrop (6-1) and Charleston Southern (4-3). The Chants defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 6-1 on Tuesday in Conway. Coastal is now 14-5 overall while holding a 5-2 mark in the Big South.

Coverage: Check GoCCUSports.com for coverage of women’s tennis this week.

Men’s Tennis
This Week: Coastal hosts UNC Asheville on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in its last home match of the year. The Chants will then travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face Gardner-Webb in the last regular season match on Sunday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. Coastal will be competing in the Big South Championship held in Asheville, N.C., beginning Wednesday, April 18.

Last Week: Coastal posted a 1-1 record last year beginning with a 5-2 win over Winthrop on Friday in Rock Hill. Coastal dropped its only home match of the year to South Carolina State on Monday. Coastal is now 12-4 and 4-1 in the Big South.

Coverage: Check GoCCUSports.com for coverage of men’s tennis this week.

Men’s & Women’s Soccer
This Week: The men’s and women’s soccer programs host their annual alumni games on Saturday. The women’s team will face its alumni at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.