CCU baseball makes top 25 before visiting Wake Forest

ccubase-huddeFor the first time since 2013, the Coastal Carolina baseball team (20-7 overall, 5-1 in the Big South) returned to the national polls as the Chanticleers are ranked #23 in Baseball America and 30th in Collegiate Baseball.

Coastal is also receiving consideration in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and D1Baseball.com poll.

The Chanticleers had won 11 straight prior to a 3-0 loss to Winthrop on Sunday. During the streak, Coastal defeated then #11 North Carolina, Clemson and then #7 South Carolina on consecutive Tuesdays while sweeping Bryant and UNC Asheville. The streak began with a win over Toledo and came to an end after taking the first two games of a weekend series with Winthrop this past weekend.

Coastal Carolina will put its national ranking on the line Tuesday with a trip to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are 19-11 and won two of three games at Clemson this past weekend. Chanticleer freshman left-hander Shane Sawczak (1-1, 4.96 ERA) will continue his role as CCU’s midweek starter while Wake Forest will counter with Paul Kirkpatrick (2-1, 7.96 ERA). If the statistics hold true, the game should feature a lot of offense as Coastal Carolina ranks third in the NCAA with 34 home runs and the Demon Deacons are fifth with 33.

Coastal Carolina and Wake Forest have met 30 previous occasions. The Chanticleers have won seven straight in the series, have a 17-13 overall advantage and are 5-4 in games played in Winston-Salem. This will be Coastal’s fifth matchup with an ACC opponent with the Chants winning each of the four previous encounters (Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Clemson).

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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