Coastal Carolina Ranked No. 22 in Preseason NCBWA Poll
CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal baseball garnered its sixth top 25 preseason ranking, as the Chanticleers were ranked No. 22 overall in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason 2019 NCAA Division I poll, it was announced today.
The Chanticleers were also ranked in five other preseason national polls - No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 21 by D1Baseball, No. 22 by USA Today, No. 23 by Baseball America and No. 25 by Perfect Game.
The lone Sun Belt team to be ranked in the top 25 in any preseason poll this season, the 2018 Sun Belt regular-season and tournament champions, and 2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year Gary Gilmore, return 21 players from last season's team that went 43-19 overall and hosted their fourth NCAA Regional.
Highlighted by 2019 preseason All-Americans Cory Wood (second team), Zach Biermann (third team), and Matt Eardensohn (third team), the Chanticleers also return consensus 2018 freshman All-American Parker Chavers as well as experienced upperclassmen in Kieton Rivers, Keaton Weisz, Kyle Skeels, Turner Buis, Jay Causey and Anthony Veneziano. Also returning this season after missing all of last year due to injuries are right-handed pitcher Bobby Holmes and left-handed hurler Austin Kitchen.