Coastal Carolina (13-11, 2-1) travels to Lexington, Va. to take on Virginia Military Institute (12-15, 1-2) in a three-game series at Gray-Minor Stadium. Game one is today at 5:00 PM and a doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday starting at 1:00 PM.
Audio for all three games will be broadcast live by the Chanticleer Sports Network. Saturday’s games will be available via webcast on the Big South Network.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Fri.: VMI LHP Connor Bach (1-2, 2.78) vs. Coastal LHP Ben Smith (2-1, 1.42)
Sat, Game 1: VMI LHP Campbell Henkel (1-2, 4.76) vs. Coastal RHP Tyler Poole (3-1, 2.96)
Sat., Game 2: VMI RHP Jeremy Brown (3-0, 2.96) vs. Coastal RHP Tyler Herb (3-1, 5.52)
VMI is on a hot streak. The Keydets have won six of their last seven games, including Tuesday’s shutout of a very good Virginia Tech.
Coastal, on the other hand, is having an up-and-down season so far. After dropping a heartbreaking BSC opener last Friday, the Chants are on a two-game winning streak.
Key to the Series
Fundamental baseball – it’s that simple. The team that executes will when the series. VMI has a slight edge in team hitting at .305 compared to Coastal’s .267 team average. Both squads are fielding at .954 and have more than their fair share of errors. The Keydets have booted the ball 46 times while the Chants have kicked it around 43 times.
The Chanticleers will win the series if they can muster up some run support.
So far this year timely hitting has been elusive for Coastal but it’s only a matter of time – hitting begets hitting. They’ll come around.
Prediction: CCU sweep.