Chants ruled out of NCAAs, will not defend national title

ccubase-cookeslideLast year the Coastal Carolina baseball team was the toast of Omaha. This year the Chants are just plain toast.

Coastal Carolina will not have a shot to defend its national championship after being left out of the field in this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Chants (37-19-1) are only the fourth reigning champion to fail to make the cut since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

In fact, 2017 turned out to be a bad year for the Palmetto State, with only Clemson earning an NCAA Tournament bid. The Tigers will host an NCAA Regional next week despite a late-season slide that saw them lose 10 of their last 11 against ACC competition.

South Carolina was listed as one of the first four teams out after winning three games at the SEC Tournament, but the Gamecocks didn’t make the cut. Neither did other recent powers to emerge from the Palmetto State, like The Citadel and College of Charleston.

Playing for the first season in the Sun Belt Conference, Coastal appeared to be hitting its stride at just the right time with a late season surge that earned them the regular season title. But that momentum was washed away by a rainy Sun Belt Tournament that kept the Chants off the diamond for three days. The result was a 7-5 loss to Texas State and a one-way ticket back to Conway.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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