A Coastal Carolina baseball team that was a consensus national top 25 selection for the first eight weeks of the season will try to recapture a winning formula this weekend against the worst team in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Chanticleers, who have dropped 10 of their past 14 games to fall to 24-17-1 overall and 9-8 in the Sun Belt Conference, are in Atlanta from Friday through Sunday for a three-game conference series at Georgia State (12-28, 3-15 Sun Belt).
Coastal was able to defeat a nationally-ranked ACC opponent from Tobacco Road two weeks ago despite its general struggles leading up to the game, but it wasn’t able to repeat the feat on Tuesday.
CCU, which knocked off an N.C. State team on April 10 that was ranked as high as No. 2 in national polls, fell 6-1 to North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Tuesday to lose its second consecutive game and six of seven since defeating the Wolfpack.
The Chants had dropped four out of six games prior to the win over N.C. State. They are just a half game behind first-place Georgia Southern in the East Division, though Texas-Arlington (28-14) is 14-4 in the conference in the West Division.
North Carolina (31-11) is ranked between 12th and 17th by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and Perfect Game and in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Tar Heels had just five hits but two of them were home runs by Ashton McGee and Brandon Martorano. The Chants struck out eight UNC batters, but also walked eight and committed two errors.
CCU freshman righthander Nick Parker (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs, including three earned, on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Coastal registered just five hits and stranded six base runners. Senior Zach Biermann accounted for the only CCU run with a home run in the eighth inning.