After his team finished off a Big South championship Saturday, Coastal Carolina baseball coach Gary Gilmore commented that at least the Chanticleers had done their part in trying to position for the chance to host an NCAA regional.
The rest was out of their hands, he said.
And thus the announcement came Sunday evening as a surprise – or at least a disappointment – to many in and around the program as the Chants were not selected as one of the 16 regional hosts for the tournament.
Clemson and South Carolina were both chosen as host sites and are likely destinations for Coastal Carolina, which will learn its draw during the live NCAA tournament selection show Monday at noon on ESPNU.
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The team will convene at Handley’s Pub & Grub in Carolina Forest to watch the show with fans welcome to join.
Coastal Carolina certainly had a case for hosting with a 44-15 record, wins in its last 10 games and 13 of its last 14 along with a No. 12 RPI.
The Chants swept the Big South regular-season and tournament championships, topping Liberty 1-0 in the title game Saturday in Lexington, and have their most wins since 2010 when they hosted both an NCAA regional and super regional while falling just short of a College World Series appearance.
The other schools hosting the regionals will be LSU, Virginia, Texas A&M, Miami, TCU, Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and Florida State.
Of those, Florida State, Texas Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, TCU and Virginia were ranked behind. Coastal Carolina in the RPI.
Overall the program will be making its 14th NCAA regionals appearance in the last 16 years under coach Gary Gilmore.
While they turned in a nice performance in the Big South tournament, leaning on their pitching and defense to win the title, Gilmore is hoping his team will have all of its strengths working for it this coming week.
“We’ve got some work to do offensively to get our swings tightened up a little bit. We were a little sloppy with the bat this weekend and stuff,” he said Saturday. “The pitching was better as well, and it’s going to be in a regoinal. Velocity is going to pick up, pitchability is going to pick up. So we’ll take a day or so off and we’ll get back at it and really see if we can’t be hitting on all cylinders next Friday.”
NCAA Tournament Selection Show Watch Party
What | The field for the NCAA baseball tournament will be unveiled during a live selection show. Coastal Carolina will host a watch party at Handley’s Pub & Grub in Carolina Forest with fans welcome to join.
When | 12 p.m. Monday