Game Schedule Friday, May 29 Game 1 2 p.m. #2 Coastal vs #3 Kansas Game 2 6 p.m. #1 UNC vs #4 Dartmouth Saturday, May 30 Game 3 1 p.m. Loser G1 vs Loser G2 Game 4 5 p.m. Winner G1 vs Winner G2 Sunday, May 31 Game 5 1 p.m. Winner G3 vs Loser G4 Game 6 5 p.m. Winner G4 vs Winner G5 Monday, June 1 Game 7 6 p.m. (if Game 5 Winner also wins Game 6)
Coastal Carolina - No. 2 Seed
Season Review: The No. 15-ranked Chanticleers (46-14) enter the postseason with a head of steam, winning their 10th-straight Big South Championship. Head coach Gary Gilmore graduated from Coastal Carolina in 1980 and has guided his squad to a 553-229 record in 14 years at the helm in Conway, S.C. Coastal had a competitive schedule in its non-conference slate, which dramatically boosted its RPI score. The keynote victory of the regular season was a 7-3 win over the then-No. 1 Tar Heels on Feb. 24.
Top Hitters: : The Chanticleers are paced at the plate by the Big South Player of the Year, first baseman David Anderson, who has hit 20 home runs while batting .389 and knocking in 79 runs. All of their projected starters are hitting over .288 and as a team they are batting .333 with 81 home runs. Coastal has two players that have stolen over 30 bases - Scott Woodward is a perfect 30 for 30 in attempts while Rico Noel has stolen 46 in 49 attempts.
Top Pitchers: They go four deep with talented starting pitchers, led by junior right-hander Nick McCully, who is 7-1 this season with a 1.92 ERA and a 1.066 WHIP, while leading the team with eight saves. Sophomore left hander Cody Wheeler is 10-0 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, freshman right hander Anthony Meo has a 9-2 record with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP and redshirt junior right hander Austin Fleet has a 7-2 record with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Interesting Notes: Last season UNC and Coastal Carolina met in the NCAA Super Regional and the Tar Heels prevailed in two games by a combined 23-8 scoring margin. The Tar Heels are 34-14 all-time against the Chants, dating back to 1987. Mike Fox has an 11-3 record against Coastal skipper Gary Gilmore.
Kansas - No. 3 Seed
Season Review: Kansas (37-22) placed fifth in the Big 12 this season and is one of the eight Big 12 schools to make the postseason field. The Jayhawks lost all three of their games in the Big 12 Championship last week.
Top Hitters: Third baseman Tony Thompson paces the Jayhawks at the plate. The Third Team All-America member is leading the team with a school record 19 home runs and a.374 batting average to go with 78 runs batted in. The Jayhawks bat .301 as a team and have hit 54 home runs this season. Senior catcher Buck Afenir is second on the squad with 9 home runs and no other player has hit more than 5. The entire team has stolen 41 bases on the season - Casey Lytle has a team-high 11.
Top Pitchers: Kansas has a rotation of three effective starting pitchers - sophomore righty T.J. Walz is 8-2 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, junior lefty Shaeffer Hall is 4-6 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP and freshman righty Lee Ridenhour is 6-3 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. The closer is senior righty Paul Smyth, who leads the team with nine saves to go with his 5.00 ERA and a 1-5 record.
Interesting Notes: Junior left hander Shaeffer Hall no-hit Air Force this season – a squad that was also no hit this season by the consensus top pitcher in college baseball, San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg. The Tar Heels have never faced the Jayhawks on the baseball diamond.
Dartmouth – No. 4 Seed
Season Review: The Big Green (27-16) won the Ivy League title to qualify for the postseason, defeating Cornell in a three-game title series. Dartmouth had a 16-4 conference record and is making its sixth appearance in the postseason and first trip since1987.
Top Batters: They are propelled at the plate by senior designated hitter Ray Allen, who leads the team with 10 home runs while batting .336 with 44 runs batted in. The Ivy League Player of the Year, junior Nick Santomauro, patrols right field. He's batting .365 with eight home runs and 40 runs batted in. Freshman shortstop Joe Sclafani was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year after batting .351.
Top Pitchers: The squad has three pitchers with four or more starts this season - junior southpaw Robert Young (4-0, 3.30 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), sophomore lefty Colin Britton (3-0, 4.71 ERA, 1.666 WHIP) and junior righty Ben Murray (3-0, 5.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP. Sophomore righty Ryan Smith has eight saves and is holding opposing batters to a .250 average.
Interesting Notes: North Carolina and Dartmouth had two common opponents this season – Duke, which defeated the Big Green to open the season in a Feb. 27 doubleheader (8-5, 6-1), and Princeton, which was swept by Dartmouth in an April 4 doubleheader (4-1, 8-5). The Tar Heels hold a 5-2 edge in the head-to-head series that dates back to 1908.