Record Three Chants Named 1st Team ABCA All-Region
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina landed three players – designated hitter Zach Biermann, shortstop Seth Lancaster and first baseman Kevin Woodall Jr. – on the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region first team, it was announced today.
It is the first time Coastal has put three players on the ABCA All-Region team and Coastal was the only team to have three first team All-Atlantic Region selections with Florida State, UNC Greensboro and Clemson each landing two first teamers. The ABCA All-Atlantic region is comprised of selected schools from South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
It is the fourth time three Chants were named All-Region in the same season. The only other times CCU had three players on the ABCA All-Region team were in 2010 (first team Anthony Meo; second teamers Cody Wheeler and Jose Iglesias), 2011 (first team Tommy La Stella; second team Meo and Matt Rein) and 2016 (first team Connor Owings and G.K. Young; second team Zach Remillard).
Biermann (West Bend, Wis.) continues to add to his impressive first-year resume with Coastal as he was additionally voted first team All-Sun Belt, Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Big South All-Tournament and NCAA Conway Regional All-Tournament. The junior batted .302 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 57 runs scored and 57 RBI.
At the Sun Belt Tournament, he as 1-for-4 in the championship game with three RBI (two-run double and a sacrifice fly). For the four games in leading CCU to the Championship, Biermann had a tournament-best 12 RBI (including a career-high five RBI in the quarterfinal game versus South Alabama) while adding six runs scored. He hit for the cycle over the course of the tourney, collecting two singles, two doubles, a triple and a home run. Then in the NCAA Conway Regional, Biermann batted .462 (6-for-13) in three games with six RBI, six runs scored and a home run. In CCU’s final game versus UConn, he was 3-for-4 with four RBI in the 6-5 loss while he scored three runs and drove in one in the 13-6 loss to Washington.
After going 0-for-6 in the ULM finale to snap a streak of reaching base safely (hit/walk/hit by pitch) at 29 games, Biermann was batting .280. After that (last 17 games), he batted .355 (22-for-62) with 19 runs, 26 RBI, 13 walks and five home runs while collecting a hit in 13 of those final 17 games.
Lancaster (Hanahan, S.C.) has been selected All-American by two publications, was first team All-Sun Belt and named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team (when he tied Woodall with a league-record 10 runs scored). He batted .305 in his senior season and led the team in runs (81), home runs (20), walks (63), slugging percentage (.646), on base percentage (.454) and stolen bases (23) while ranking second in hits (69), doubles (17) and RBI (57).
Lancaster is the only player in the NCAA to rank among the top 20 in walks (third with 63), home runs (sixth with 20) and runs scored (second with 81). He was also the only player to rank among the league’s top 10 in the following nine categories: first in home runs, first in walks, first in total bases, second in runs, second in slugging, third in RBI, fifth in stolen bases, sixth in on base percentage and eighth in doubles.
Like Biermann, Lancaster saved his best for the last. Over the last nine games of his career, he may have been the hottest hitter in the NCAA or at least the most productive as he batted .405 (15-for-37) with 18 runs scored, 16 RBI, seven home runs and 12 walks.
Woodall (Georgetown, S.C.) is also a two-time All-American selection this season. He is a two-time, first team All-Sun Belt selection and he was named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team (when he tied Lancaster with a league-record 10 runs scored). Woodall is one of four players in the NCAA to rank among the NCAA top 40 in runs scored (seventh with 71), home runs (11th with 19) and RBI (36th with 62).
Woodall batted .298 as a senior and drove in a team-best 62 runs while he ranked second on the team in runs scored (71), second in home runs (19), second in slugging (.576) and third in walks (44). In Sun Belt games only, led the league in home runs (10) and runs scored (38) while ranking second in RBI (34), second in total bases (72) and second in slugging (.610).
Woodall also finished his career strong. Over his finale 13 career games, he raised his batting average 30 points as he had a hit in 11 games and batted .411 (21-for-51) with eight RBI, 20 runs scored, three home runs and 11 walks. For the season, he had a reached base safely (hit/walk/hit by pitch) streak of 28 games and he reached base safely in 59 of CCU’s 62 games.