CCU baseball deals with conference pressure

Conway, SC - By Justin Felder - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina baseball won two games Saturday over Presbyterian to keep their Big South record perfect. That may be a big achievement for some teams, and while CCU is happy, they're in a position where they are expected to win just about all of their conference games.

"It's tough anytime you're expected to win there's a little more added pressure, but we welcome that," said Chanticleer second baseman Tommy LaStella. "We know we'll be the favorites in most of these series if not all of them and we welcome it."

While the players admit being aware they are favored over their Big South conference rivals, some say it doesn't impact them at all.

"We haven't really felt the pressure this year," said CCU shortstop Taylor Motter. [If] we get down early, we don't feel any panic to get back up. It's just, we let it happen."

Coastal Carolina came out of their rigorous non-conference schedule looking pretty good. The Chants, however, are not letting themselves get overconfident heading into Big South play; an approach that also helps alleviate any pressure of high expectations.

"The biggest thing is not playing the opponent and playing the game," said CCU first baseman Adam Rice. "No matter if it's San Diego, UC Irvine, UNC Asheville, Radford, whoever it is we're playing, we're playing the game and not the other team."

CCU baseball is back in action at home Tuesday evening against UNC Wilmington.

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