Chants take a dip in polls; await Wake Forest twinbill

ccubase-37trotThe Coastal Carolina baseball program was 2-3 this past week, but only dropped two spots to #22 in the PerfectGame.org top 25 poll.

“Coastal Carolina and Texas Tech both had 2-3 records this past week yet remain among those ranked,” said the PerfectGame.org website. “Coastal Carolina was given the benefit of the doubt given the strength of their early season schedule.”

The Chanticleers began the week with a win (Ohio State) and ended the week with a win (Ball State). However, CCU lost a road game at region rival College of Charleston last Wednesday, lost to Cincinnati Friday and fell to consensus top 15 program Ole Miss on Saturday.

Coastal is 6-5 overall with a win over nationally-ranked Virginia (7-4), and a loss to top 10 program North Carolina State (10-2).

The Chanticleers are seventh in the NCAA in on base percentage (.434) and 17th in batting (.326) while ranking 20th in slugging percentage (.504). Individually, Zach Remillard ranks eighth in the NCAA with five home runs and G.K. Young is 27th with 16 RBI. The pair additionally ranks 25th and 30th, respectively, with 34 and 33 total bases.

Coastal Carolina will return to action with a pair of home midweek games, hosting Wake Forest (9-3) Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitches on both days are set for 5 pm.

The Demon Deacons feature preseason All-American Will Craig. The reigning ACC Player of the Year is projected to be a first-round draft pick this year and is batting a robust .474 this season with six doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI for a 1.026 slugging percentage (fourth-best in the NCAA).

The Chanticleers will stay home to host the Coastal Carolina Invitational this coming weekend (Mar. 11-13). There will be two games each day with Coastal hosting UNC Greensboro Friday at 4 pm, Illinois Saturday at 4 pm and both UNCG (11 am) and Illinois Sunday (3 pm).

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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