Coastal Roundup: Gilmore, track teams eye milestones

ccubase-gilmoreCoastal Carolina baseball coach Gary Gilmore will make his second attempt at winning career game 1,000 on Thursday at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Coastal Carolina baseball ended its nine-game road swing Tuesday with a 9-6 loss at Clemson and will embark on a four-game home stand starting Thursday versus Presbyterian College with first pitch set for noon at Pelicans Ballpark.

Gilmore is 999-489-2 in his 25th year as a head coach, including a 746-387 mark in 19 years as Coastal’s skipper and a 253-102-2 record in six years at USC Aiken.

The Chanticleers and Blue Hose will also square off on Friday and Saturday with those games starting at Noon as well.

Women’s tennis

No. 5 seed Coastal Carolina outlasts No. 4 seed Campbell, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Women’s Tennis Championship Wednesday afternoon at Gardner-Webb University.
The Chanticleers return to the semifinals after missing out a year ago and are making their 20th appearance in school history.

Coastal Carolina battled back to win the doubles point.  Campbell’s duo of Natasha Afridi and Tamara Stanic finished first, winning at No. 2, 8-5, The Chanticleers then won at No. 1 and No. 3, as Libby Scott and Honami Yazawa defeated Karolina Chernaya and Claudia Ortiz, 8-6, and Kourtney Kowal and Dominique De Wit downed Ana Maria Ortiz and Ewa Telenga, 8-7 (7-0).

Track and Field

The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams are heading to Rock Hill to compete in the 2014 Big South Conference Championships Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track Complex on the campus of Winthrop University.

The men’s team is seeking its third Big South title and first since 2006, while the women are looking to complete the “Triple Crown” and bring their total championships to eight. To complete the “Triple Crown,” the Chanticleers must win the outdoor championship to go along with their 2013 Big South Cross Country Championship and 2014 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championship.

A total of 62 Chanticleers will compete in the three-day event, which begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The men will have 28 student-athletes competing in a total of 21 events, while the women will send 34 student-athletes for a total of 21 events. The men head into the meet sitting second in the conference’s season performance rankings with 223 points. Liberty is first with 258, and Campbell is third with 179. The women enter the event as the top-ranked team in the conference’s season performance rankings with 300 points, while Liberty sits in second with 229 points. Campbell is third with 114 points.

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