Coastal Baseball Wraps Up Road Trip at Arkansas State

CONWAY, SC – The Coastal Carolina baseball team will wrap up its longest road trip of the season with a three-game Sun Belt Conference weekend series at Arkansas State, April 1-3, in Jonesboro, Ark.

SUN BELT SERIES SCHEDULE

• Friday, April 1 – 7 pm ET (HANK 105.5 FM / ESPN+)
• Saturday, April 2 – 7 pm ET (WRNN Hot Talk 99.5 FM / ESPN+)
• Sunday, April 3 – 2 pm ET (WRNN Hot Talk 99.5 FM / ESPN+)

ABOUT THE CHANTS

• Coastal Carolina enters the Sun Belt Conference series at Arkansas State (April 1-3) at 13-10-1 overall and 2-3-1 in Sun Belt play.
• The Chanticleers are in the midst of an eight-game road trip and have gone 2-3 over the first five games of the road swing with a win at then-No. 20 Clemson (March 22) and one win at then-No. 9 Texas State (March 26).
• The Chanticleers are just 2-7 on the road overall this season and head into the weekend of play on a two-game losing streak.
• The CCU offense is hitting just .279 with 169 runs scored so far this season, including driving in 153 RBIs overall.
• Over the last two weeks of play, the Chanticleers offense has hit .297 with 13 home runs, a triple, nine doubles, 65 RBIs, and scored 68 runs.
• While the offense has been hot as of late, the pitching has struggled. The arms have posted a 7.54 ERA and allowed 64 runs to score over the last eight games.

ABOUT THE RED WOLVES

• Arkansas State enters the weekend at 5-17 overall and 0-6 in Sun Belt Conference play having been swept in each of its first two SBC series.
• The Red Wolves, who are 5-7 at home this season, started the year off at 0-4 before running off four consecutive wins to start the month of March.
• However, A-State then lost its next 11 games and recently snapped that skid with a 4-3, 11-inning win over Central Arkansas on Tuesday night.
• The Red Wolves’ offense is hitting just .250 on the season with 17 home runs, one triple, and 29 doubles while driving in 102 RBIs and scoring 113 runs.
• The A-State pitching staff has posted a 6.93 ERA overall, allowing 174 runs overall on the season.

ALL TIME SERIES HISTORY

• Coastal Carolina leads the all-time series 7-2 over Arkansas State with all nine matchups coming in Sun Belt Conference regular-season play.
• After winning the first six meetings which included back-to-back three-game series sweeps in 2017 and 2018, the Chanticleers dropped two of three games to the Red Wolves last time they met back in 2019.
• Coastal is 3-0 all-time at Arkansas State, having swept the Red Wolves in Jonesboro, Ark., back in 2018.

ROAD GAUNTLET

• With Tuesday’s road contest at Clemson (March 22) last week, the Chanticleers opened up an eight-game road trip which will see Coastal play at Clemson, Texas State (March 25-27), Wake Forest (March 30), and Arkansas State (April 1-3).
• The Chanticleers are 2-7 on the road so far this season and 2-3 on the current road trip with a 16-7 win over the No. 20 Tigers last Tuesday and a 7-5 victory at Texas State last Saturday.

CHANTS RETURN TO THE WONDER STATE

• Coastal Carolina returns to the state of Arkansas for the first time since 2018.
• The Chanticleers last played at Arkansas State over four years ago, sweeping the Red Wolves in a three-game conference series on March 16-18, 2018.

BYE, BYE MARCH

• Coastal is happy to see the turn of the calendar to April, as CCU struggled in March.
• The Chants went 6-9-1 in March, hitting just .248 and averaged just 6.3 runs per game, while the pitching staff posted a 6.02 ERA and gave up 105 runs and 151 hits over 136.0 innings pitched.
• CCU started the season going 7-1, hitting .340 with an average of 8.5 runs per contest in February. The pitching staff was also hot in February, posting a 3.47 ERA and giving up just 60 hits and 41 runs over 70.0 innings.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE PLAY

• The Chanticleers immediately turned heads in the Sun Belt Conference in their first season in the league in 2017, going 22-7-1 in conference play to win both the Sun Belt Conference East Division and Regular-Season Championships.
• Coastal went on to repeat in 2018 and added the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship title, posting a 23-7 regular-season conference record along the way.
• Despite slipping to 15-13 in conference play and finishing fifth in the regular-season standings in 2019, the Chanticleers ran through the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to repeat as champions.
• After 2020 was canceled, the Chants had their worst conference season in over 25 years in 2021, finishing the conference regular-season slate at 9-12 overall.
• This year, CCU is just 2-3-1 to start Sun Belt Conference play.

MULTIPLE CHANTS WITH MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES

• Coastal’s offense has totaled 56 multi-hit games this season by way of 12 different Chanticleers.
• CCU senior Nick Lucky leads the way with 10 multi-hit games this season, while fellow veteran starter Eric Brown has tallied nine multi hit games.
• Infielders Dale Thomas and Matt McDermott each have seven multi-hit games on the year, while designated hitter/outfielder Tyler Johnson has totaled four multi-hit games, including being the only Chant with four hits in the same game, doing it twice this season.

BATTING ORDER jumble

• Known to shuffle his lineup throughout the season, head coach Gary Gilmore has used several different lineups to start the 2022 season.
• Gilley has written out 22 different lineups this season and 24 different batting orders on his lineup card over the Chants’ 24 games in 2022.
• Coastal has not used the same batting order once this season.

WEEKEND ROTATION SHAKE-UP

• Coastal will throw the same tea Chants but will shake up its weekend rotation this week at Arkansas State (April 1-3).
• Left-handed hurler Reid VanScoter (4-1, 2.43 ERA) will shift from Saturday afternoon where he has made six starts this season to under the lights on Friday night.
• Moving from Sunday to Saturday will be transfer righty Michael Knorr (1-0, 3.38 ERA), while moving back from Friday night to Sunday afternoon will be four-year senior Nick Parker (0-1, 4.80 ERA).

DOUBLE TROUBLE

• The Chants’ defense has turned 23 double plays already this season, which leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks 11th nationally.

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