Coastal Carolina will take on Connecticut at 3:00 PM Friday afternoon in the first game of the regional. The Chanticleers are 41-18. They were 20-7 in the Big South. They won the tournament championship in fourth games for their fifth straight conference championship. Last season the Chants won their regional and lost to USC in the Super Regional.
Junior righthander Anthony Meo will start on the mound for the Chanticleers Friday. Meo is coming off a no hitter in his last outing, a 5-0 win over Radford. He’s won his last four decisions. On the season Meo is 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA. He has struck out 108 batters in 102 innings.
The Chants are led offensively by centerfielder Scott Woodward. He’s batting .363. He also has 30 stolent bases. The Chants have 99 steals in 114 attempts. Rightfielder Daniel Bowman is the top home run hitter with 12.
Coastal coach Gary Gilmore won his 900th game earlier in the season. He has the Chants in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. He will be seeing his third Super Regional appearance in the last four seasons.