And so we come to the end of the regular season. Wolfpack Baseball needs to bounce back from “the humbling” given them at the hands of Florida State last weekend and get back down to brass tacks. And fast. So yeah, FSU came to town and took care of business taking 2 of 3 on [...]
So, I’m really feeling pretty jealous as I’m putting this weekend’s preview together. Baseball and the beach. Helluva combination. In fact, add in one more “B”, some ice cold beer that is, and it’s pretty difficult to beat IMHO.
Yep, Wolfpack Baseball travels to Myrtle Beach this weekend for the 2013 Caravelle Resorts Baseball at the Beach Weekend, hosted by the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers. But the Pack better not have bikinis on their minds and better be ready to play as they’ll face two quality opponents this weekend (Sorry UMBC…this ain’t Lacrosse).
The Wolfpack arrives in Myrtle beach on a bit of a roll. After dropping their opening day game to App State, the Pack has reeled off seven straight victories, outscoring opponents 84-12 in the process. This past week, State took a pair from the Aggies of NM State on Wednesday and Thursday at Doak Field. And even if you don’t bother to go and read those write ups about the games, you must at least check out Brett Williams’ fantastic diving catch in Wednesday’s game. The play was the #2 play of the day on ESPN’s Top 10, and was talked about extensively (considering it’s February college baseball at least) in national and local media.
Baseball at the Beach Weekend – The Opposition
0-0 (2012: 10-42)
Friday – 1:30pm
OK, with all apologies to my friends that attended UMBC (and no, I’m not just talking out of my ass….contrary to popular belief, I really do have friends and some actually did attend UMBC), the Retrievers don’t look to be all that. Admittedly, they are a bit of an unknown considering they have yet to take the field in 2013 and the Wolfpack will be their opening game of the year. But basing it on 2012′s results….well, let’s just say the 2013 edition doesn’t have the bar set too high for themselves.
The Retrievers finished 2012 a dismal 10-42 (2-22 America East Conf.), including dropping 30 of their last 33. They didn’t pitch well (Team ERA 9.01, OppBA .367) to say the least, and this was probably their biggest problem as they gave up more than 10 runs per game on the year. And while they weren’t putrid at the plate, they weren’t nearly potent enough to overcome their pitching woes as they were outscored by an average of nearly 5 runs per game for the year.
As well as the Wolfpack has been hitting the ball recently, the opening game could become a laugher. But it is baseball and anything can happen.
UMBC Retrievers Baseball (UMBCRetrievers.com)
5-3 (2012: 32-22)
Saturday – 5:00pm
The Owls will be a challenge. They’re hitting the ball fairly well so far in 2013 (.301 TeamBA) though they don’t have a boatload of runs to show for it (5 per game) and they haven’t been hitting for power (2 HR on the season).
But their pitching has been solid to say the least. Thru their first 8 games, their staff checks in with a team ERA of 2.52 and opponents are hitting only .212 against them. The Owls ain’t too shabby defensively either, with a team fielding pct. of .972.
Granted, the season is young. But if the Owls can find a way to score some runs, it looks as if 2013 might be a pretty good year for them.
Florida Atlantic Owls Basball (FAUSports.com)
Sunday – 5:00pm
3-4 (2012: 42-19)
The Chanticleers have struggled a bit to start the 2013 season, but are always a challenge. For those who don’t follow college baseball, CCU is one of the more successful programs going quite frankly. In the past 10 seasons they’ve only failed to win 40 games once, and have notched 50+ wins on four occasions (’05, ’07, ’08, ’10).
Thus far in 2013, CCU’s biggest problem is that they’ve struggled to score runs. They are only batting .206 as a team, have not hit for power with only 1 HR on the season thus far, and have been able to muster fewer than 4 runs per game in the early going.
Coastal’s pitching has been good at times this year, though their team ERA is currently hovering at 4.50. But they do have two very quality starters in Soph. Ben Smith (0-0, ERA 1.93) and Jr. Tyler Herb (2-1, 4.76). Herb finished the 2012 season with a 9-2 record and an impressive ERA of 2.61.
Despite their struggles thus far in 2013, CCU is a quality program with talent. They won’t go the entire season averaging giving up 6 runs per game while scoring only 4. Hopefully however, they won’t begin to click before Sunday is over with.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Baseball (GoCCUSports.com)
Indiana and West Virginia will also be in town for the event, but we’re not scheduled to face either of them so screw ‘em.
Full 2013 Baseball at the Beach Schedule
TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark – (note, home team is always listed second)
MARCH 1 – FRIDAY
- 10:00 am – West Virginia @ Indiana
- 1:30 pm – UMBC @ NCSU
- 5:00 pm – Florida Atlantic @ Coastal Carolina
MARCH 2 – SATURDAY
- 10:00 am – UMBC @ West Virginia
- 1:30 pm – Indiana @ Coastal Carolina
- 5:00 pm – Florida Atlantic @ NCSU
MARCH 3 – SUNDAY
- 10:00 am – Indiana @ UMBC
- 1:30 pm – West Virginia @ Florida Atlantic
- 5:00 pm – NCSU @ Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina draws impressive baseball lineup for weekend tournament (MyrtleBeachOnline.com)
Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach Field Packed with Talent (GoCCUSports.com)
TicketReturn.com Field Info (MyrtleBeachPelicans.com)
On the horizon: The Pack returns home next week and will have a mid-week games vs the Phoenix of Elon (Tuesday) and the Campbell Camels (Wednesday) before opening up ACC play against the Clemson Tigers March 8-10.
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