Coastal Carolina

Chants hopeful for right to host NCAA regional


Coach Gary Gilmore feels his Coastal Carolina baseball team has now done it’s part, and the Chanticleers will find out Sunday if they are going to host an NCAA regional for the first time since 2010.

The NCAA will release the 16 regional host sites for the tournament on Sunday evening while the formal selection show to unveil the full 64-team bracket will take place Monday at noon.

Coastal Carolina will hold a watch party at Handley’s Pub & Grub in Carolina Forest at noon on Monday for the live selection show on ESPNU.

The Chants, fresh off winning the Big South tournament championship Saturday with a 1-0 win over Liberty at Lexington County Baseball Stadium, are 44-15 and have their best record since 2010 when they hosted both the NCAA regionals and super regionals.

“At least now we’ve done our part. If we don’t get to host, it surely isn’t because we didn’t do our part,” Gilmore said. “So hopefully the committee will look at our body of work and realize the last [45] games we’re 37-8. That’s pretty doggone good.”

The host sites will be released online at some point Sunday evening, but Gilmore said he would not spend all day stressing about it.

“To be very honest with you, they’ll just have to call me because I’m not going to sit around and worry about it. I’m going to completely get my mind away from it. This is has been enough stress,” he said.

The Chants swept the Big South’s regular-season and tournament titles for the first time since 2012 and have won 10 straight games and 13 of their last 14 heading into whatever now awaits.

“From what I read and see, [I’m] pretty confident,” junior shortstop Michael Paez said of potentially hosting. “But at the end of the day it’s in their hands. We’ll go anywhere and compete wherever we’re at.”

The Coastal Carolina baseball team got a game-ending double play to seal a 1-0 win over Liberty in the Big South championship game Saturday in Lexington. After the celebration, the Chanticleers reflected on the moment.

All-tournament team

Four Chants were selected to the Big South’s all-tournament team with Paez, sophomore second baseman Seth Lancaster, senior third baseman Zach Remillard and senior closer Mike Morrison earning the honors.

Paez hit his 14th home run of the season Saturday to account for the only run in the championship game and was 6-for-14 overall in the tournament. Lancaster had a pair of two-hit games in the Chants’ run. Remillard was 6-of-15 with two homers, six RBIs and four runs scored. And Morrison threw six innings out of the bullpen without allowing an earned run.

Morrison, who earned the win Tuesday and saves Wednesday and Saturday, was also named the tournament MVP.