CONWAY, SC – The annual Baseball at the Beach event takes place this weekend, March 5-8 at Springs Brooks Stadium with the Chanticleers hosting Davidson, Miami (Ohio) and UConn over four days of play.
SCHEDULE FOR BASEBALL AT THE BEACH TOURNAMENT
The four-day tournament will consist of two games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a matinee on Monday afternoon between the Chanticleers and the UConn Huskies.
Dinner – Miami (Ohio) vs. UConn
16:30 – Davidson vs. Coastal Carolina (ESPN +)
10:30 – UConn vs. Davidson
15.00 – Miami (Ohio) vs. Coastal Carolina (ESPN +)
10:30 – Davidson vs. Miami (Ohio)
15.00 – UConn vs. Coastal Carolina (ESPN + / WRNN FM)
Dinner – UConn vs. Coastal Carolina (ESPN +)
Attendance health and safety protocols will remain in place to include, but are not limited to:
- Reduced capacity based on guidelines for physical distancing.
- Face coating required.
- Creation of “buffer” around fields and / or team areas (ie dugouts, bullpens).
- Seating in general admission (ie grasshopper and beach promenade areas) will be allocated due to social distance requirements.
- Use of digital or mobile ticketing to reduce touch points.
- Reduced capacity of the shuttles.
- Discouragement of tailgating in parking lots to prevent congregations of individuals (No tents are allowed).
- Cashless or non-contact payment options (when applicable) for concessions along with pre-packaged food and beverage options.
- Increased cleaning of areas with high traffic during events.
- No printed gameday programs or rosters will be available.
Coastal Carolina University and the Department of Athletics are committed to providing a safe environment for the enjoyment of our customers who participate in our intercollegiate athletic events. People who disregard the health and safety protocols may be asked to leave.
IT PAYS TO BE HAPPY
• Coastal Carolina junior Nick lucky was named Sun Belt Baseball Player of the Week on Tuesday, March 2nd.
• Lucky led the Chants to a 4-0 week last week, when the diver hit hit .400 (8-for-20) with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, five RBIs and five points scored. He also posted a .700 slugging percentage and a .429 on the base percentage over the four-game stretch.
• He did all this in a week where he started in three different positions – designated hitter, left field and right field.
The third-year Chant scored a run in all four games for the Chants this week and extended his draw to seven straight games, having confidently beaten in every game this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Coastal will be looking forward to #ThePalace in the first month of the season, as the Chanticleers are scheduled to play 15 of the first 16 games at home at Springs Brooks Stadium.
• After playing a road game in Wake Forest on Tuesday (February 23), CCU’s next 11 games come home.
• Last season, the Chants were 11-4 at home overall before the cancellation.
• The CCU actually only played one road match last season, a loss at the then No. 7 NC State March 4, 2020.
• Since the 2015 season, Coastal has achieved 20 wins or more at home each year, outside of last year’s shortened season, and has achieved 137 wins at Springs Brooks Stadium this year.
• Each season, the Chanticleers host two or three tournaments at Springs Brooks Stadium to start the season.
• This weekend will be the second of two weekend tournaments this season for the Chants, as Chants hosted the CCU Baseball Tournament last weekend, Feb. 26-28.
Chants welcomes UConn back to Grand Strand and Springs Brooks Stadium, as the Huskies have played on Coastal Carolina for the past two years, 2018 and 2019.
• While UConn is a known enemy, Baseball at the Beach also includes Davidson and Miami (Ohio). Chants has not played Davidson since 1992, while the CCU last met Miami (Ohio) back in 1976.
WINNERS WEEKEND TOURNAMENT
The Coastal went perfectly 3-0 last weekend at the CCU Baseball Tournament, the first of two home tournaments this weekend for the Chanticleers.
• On the 3-0 weekend, the Chants scored a total of 31 races, an average of 10.3 races per game in the tournament sweep of Bryant, then No. 23 West Virginia and Kennesaw State.
• Coastal is 5-2 so far this season and has won four-straight games that came into play this weekend.
• Last season, Coastal started 10-5 over the first 15 games, which included a winning streak of six games.
• Two years ago in 2019, the CCU started the season by winning seven straight games and went 12-3 over its first 15 games.
• In 2018, the Chants went 3-0 to start the year and also went 11-4 over their first 15 games of the season.
CCU VERSUS RANKED FOES
• Five of the Chanticleers’ seven games this season have come against nationally ranked top 25 programs in that time. 16 Duke (February 20-21), Da-Nei. 16 Wake Forest (February 23), and then-no. 23 West Virginia (February 27).
• Coastal is 5-2 this season against teams ranked in the top-25, going 1-2 against then-no. 16 Duke on Opening Weekend (February 20-21), slo da-Nei. 16/24 Wake Forest 4-1 in 12 innings (Feb. 23) in Winston-Salem, NC, and out slugging then-No. 23/27 West Virginia 10-5 (February 27) last weekend at the CCU Baseball Tournament.
The Chanticleers have several players burning on the plate and going into action this weekend.
• Section hits for coast Nick lucky has hit safely in all seven games this season and has recorded four multi-hit games.
• Sophomore third baseman Cooper Weiss is on a six-hit move, while there is a card stop Eric Brown has hit safely in each of the last four competitions.
The Chanticleers’ offense has blown up 11 home runs this season, including two grand slams.
• CCU’s 11 home races are in second place in the conference and 20th place in the nation that comes into play this weekend.
• Coastal has had seven different players registering at least one home race this season, and has registered a home race in seven different places in the lineup this year.
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• Last weekend’s CCU Baseball Tournament brought the Chanticleers offense to life in the three-match sweep of the Bryant Tournament Field (February 26), then No. 23 Wake Forest (February 27) and Kennesaw State (February 28).
• Chants scored a total of 31 runs, an average of 10.3 runs per game, on 37 hits over the three-game weekend, including double-digit hits in all three games.
WORK ON THE WEEKENDS
• Chanticleer’s full rotation will again consist of right-handed boxes Jacob Maton and Nick Parker.
• Maton starts his third Friday this weekend against the Davidson Wildcats. Redshirt sophomore is 1-1 on the season with a 2.79 ERA and eight strikes over 9.2 innings of work.
• Parker gets the ball on Saturday against Miami (Ohio). The junior is 0-0 with a 5.59 ERA over two starts this season, hitting six hitters over 9.2 innings on the mound.
• Getting started on Sunday this weekend is a first-year student Keaton Hopwood. Righty is 2-0 with a 6.35-ERA out of the bullpen this season, striking out five strokes and allowing just five hits over 5.2 innings of relief work.
• With a fourth game at 12:00 on Monday, March 8, against UConn, Chanticleer will throw sophomore Casey green. After hitting a career high six hits and spreading five hits over 4.2-pointless rounds on the then No. 16 Wake Forest Tuesday Feb. 23, the secondhand lasted just 1.1 innings in his final start a week ago against Kennesaw State (February 28).
• During his second career start, sophomore redshirt Jacob Maton registered a quality start against Bryant (February 26).
• In his first career victory, Maton spread seven hits and struck out four strokes over 6.0 pointless rounds.
• His four strokes matched his career height, but he also did not go a single batter in the victory.
THE LAST LIMIT
• Junior side-twirler Alaska abney has focused on the requirement for the late innings this season for the Chanticleers.
• Abney has been the last guy out of the bullpen in all three appearances this season, going into the ninth inning and striking out two in the 8-7 win over Duke (February 21), throwing the eighth and ninth innings in match two of the double-header against the Blue Devils (February 21), and earned the save with three strikes in a pointless ninth in the 13-11 victory over Kennesaw State (February 28).
• Third-year Chant is 1-0 with a save and a 0.00-ERA with seven strikes, a walk, three hits and an undeserved run allowed over 4.0 laps out of the bullpen this year.
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