CCU trio makes preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team

Coastal Carolina baseball had a trio of players in senior pitcher Matt Eardensohn, junior infielder Cory Wood and sophomore outfielder Parker Chavers named to the 2019 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball Team, the league office announced Thursday.

Eardensohn, who was named a third-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball this year, earned a spot on the All-Sun Belt second team a year ago. Tabbed the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week on April 17 last year, the right-handed hurler appeared in 20 games on the mound for CCU, making one start. He posted a 7-0 record with six saves and a 2.18 ERA, all of which were team bests on the year. Part of three shutouts on the season – versus No. 30 Texas State (March 23) and twice against Little Rock (May 11 and May 13) – Eardensohn struck out 51 batters compared to just 14 walks over 57.2 innings, a 3.6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season. The Nebraska native held opponents to a .188 batting average on the year and fanned a season-high five batters three times – versus Illinois (Feb. 23), at Troy (April 14) and versus South Alabama (May 24) in the Sun Belt Championship Tournament.

A two-time All-Sun Belt selection, first-team honors in 2018 after second-team accolades in 2017, Wood was named a second-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball last season at second base after earning Freshman All-American honors in the outfield in 2017, Wood played in 58 games, making 57 starts a year ago. The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year hit .296 with a triple and 19 doubles as a sophomore in 2018 and was fourth on the team with 66 base hits. He drove in 22 RBIs and was second on the team with 61 runs scored, 52 walks and 17 stolen bases (17-of-24). At the plate, he posted a team-high 21 multi-hit games on the year, including six multi-RBI games, and registered a team-high on-base streak of 38-straight games. In the field, Wood recorded a .975 fielding percentage in his first year at second base.

Arguably the most decorated freshman in CCU history, Chavers was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game/Rawlings last season. Tabbed second-team All-Sun Belt, Chavers also was also named to the Sun Belt Championship All-Tournament team and the NCAA Conway Regional All-Tournament team last year as a true freshman. In his first year as a Chant in 2018, Chavers played in 62 games, making 60 starts. He led the team with a .323 average on the season and totaled 70 base hits which was second on the team. He recorded seven home runs, a triple and 15 doubles, drove in 42 RBIs and scored 48 runs on the year.

Earlier this week it was announced that the Chanticleers were a unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt Conference East Division for the 2019 season, as voted by the league coaches in the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The Chants garnered 72 points and 12 first-place votes.

The Chanticleers open up the 2019 season with the Brittain Resorts Invitational from Feb. 15-17 at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. The opening-weekend tournament will consist of host CCU, Maryland, VCU, and Campbell.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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