Mountaineers Travel to Myrtle Beach for Chantileer Classic
By: Jeff Vickers
The West Virginia University Mountaineers baseball team will travel to Myrtle Beach this weekend to take part in the 2015 Chantileer Classic. Coastal Carolina host the tournament, and will welcome the Mountaineers, Kent State, Ball State, and Illinois this season. The action kicks off at noon on Friday with a meeting between WVU and Kent State at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C..
Here is a list of games:
12:00 pm – WVU vs. Kent State, Springs Brooks Stadium
2:00 pm – Ball State vs. Illinois, Pelicans Park
4:00 pm – WVU @ Coastal Carolina, Springs Brooks Stadium
11:00 am – Illinois vs. Ball State, Pelicans Park
2:00 pm – Kent State @ Coastal Carolina, Springs Brooks Stadium
3:00 pm – Ball State vs. WVU, Pelicans Park
10:00 am – Kent State vs. Illinois, Pelicans Park
1:00 pm – Ball State @ Coastal Carolina, Springs Brooks Stadium
1:30 pm – Illinois vs. WVU, Pelicans Park
12:00 pm – Illinois @ Coastal Carolina, Springs Brooks Stadium.
Games will rotate between the 2 stadiums, with Coastal Carolina playing all games at Springs Brooks Stadium as the home team.
Break Down Of Opponents
Kent State (2-4, 0-0)
The Golden Flashes are lead by 2nd year Head Coach Jeff Duncan. In his brief career at Kent State, Duncan has a 38-27 win-loss record. Offensively the team is lead by outfielder Jacob Neuschaefer, .444 batting average and leads the team with 6 runs batted in, and infielder Sawyer Polen, .429 batting average and leads the team with 9 hits on the season. Starters Jared Skolnicki (1-1 2.45 ERA) and Nick Jensen-Clagg (1-1 3.60 ERA) and the only 2 pitchers with victories this season.
As a team Kent State is batting .267, with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run hit thus far. The team has scored 26 runs, and has stolen 15 bases in 17 attempts. Pitching wise, the Mountaineers will face a staff that is 2-4 on the season with a 3.31 Earned Run Average. In 51 2/3 innings this season Kent State pitchers have surrendered 38 hits and 24 walks, and struck out 56 opposing batters.
Coastal Carolina (5-2, 0-0)
The Coastal Carolina Chantileers are led by Gary Gilmore, who is in his 20th season at Coastal Carolina. Gilmore has a record of 758-401 at Coastal Carolina, and 1011-503-2 Overall. He has led the Chantileers to 12 NCAA Regional Appearances, and captured 9 Big South Tournament Championships.
Offensively the Chantileers are led by Connor Owings, who leads the team with a .391 batting average and hit 2 home runs and has 9 runs batted in, and Anthony Marks, who is tied with Owings for the team lead with 9 hits and has a .333 batting average on the season.
As a team Coastal Carolina is batting .255 with 55 runs scored, they have 59 hits, which includes 14 doubles, a triple and 7 home runs.
CCU has 3 solid starting pitchers, Chase Adkins (1-1 0.90 ERA in 10 innings), Alex Cunningham (2-0 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 Innings), and Zack Hopek (1-0 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings pitched). The bullpen is sound too, reliever Austin Kerr has yet to allow an earned run in 8 2/3 innings pitched, and closer Mike Morrison as well has yet to allow an earned run in 4 innings pitched and has collected 2 saves. As a team the Chantileers have a 3.43 earned run average in 63 innings pitched allowing 59 hits and 22 walks and have struck out 63 opposing batters.
Ball State (4-2, 0-0)
The Cardinals are led by Head Coach Rich Maloney, who has coached at Ball State from 1996-2002 and from 2013 to present day. In his 10th season at Ball State, Maloney has a record of 330-188-1 and 671-432-1 overall (20 seasons).
Offensively the Cardinals are led by a trio of players who are currently hitting .400 on the season. Elbert Devarie, 1st on the team with 13 hits, is hitting a cool .464 on the season with 6 runs batted in, Alex Call, 2nd with 10 hits, is hitting .400 and has 7 runs batted in, and Caleb Strayton is 3rd with 9 hits and a .429 average and 5 runs bated in. As a team Ball State is hitting.292 on the young season with 16 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs.
Piching wise, the Cardinals will rely on Scott Baker (1-0 3.18 ERA) and Zach Plesac (0-1 6.00 ERA) as starters. Reliever BJ Butler has been lights out thus far this season, he has yet to allow an earned run in 8 1/3 innings this season and has collected 1 save. As a team Ball State has an earned run average of 4.08 in 53 innings pitched, allowing 58 hits, 30 runs, and 28 walks while striking out 53 batters.
Illinois (6-0-1, 0-0)
The Fighting Illini are led by Head Coach Dan Hartleb, who is in his 10th season at Illinois and has collected 282 wins at the helm.
At the plate Illinois is led by Reid Roper, 13 hits 10 runs batted in with a .464 batting average, Casey Fletcher, 10 hits 8 walks .417 batting average, and David Kerian 9 hits 5 runs batted in 6 walks and a .500 batting average. As a team the Fighting Illini have a batting average of .335 with 13 doubles a triple and 3 home runs and have drew 36 base on balls.
On the mound Illinois has been just as effective. Starters Rob McDonnell (0-0 0.77 ERA in 11 2/3 inning), Drasen Johnson (1-0 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 Innings), and John Kravetz (1-0 2.70 ERA 13 1/3 innings pitched) have been lights out, and reliever Jay Tyler is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11 innings pitched, with one save. As a team, Illinois has an earned run average of 1.97, they have allowed 13 walks and 40 hits, only 9 of those have gone for extra bases, and have struck out opposing batter 60 times.