Chants confident in sometimes-shaky starter

By Justin Felder - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It's hard to find fault with a player like Coastal Carolina University pitcher Cody Wheeler, who has only lost one game in his college career.  Still, even Wheeler admits his post-season pitching has not been up to par.

"I just seem to run out of gas a little bit at the end of each year," Wheeler said, who will start CCU's National Collegiate Athletic Association Regional opener against Stony Brook.  "Hopefully we'll change things around this year."

The Chants hope things change as well.  Wheeler's lone loss came against North Carolina in last year's regional round where he gave up six earned runs in two innings.

But this year's post-season hasn't started well.  He struggled against Radford in the Big South Tournament.  Still, his team remains confident behind him.

"100 percent confidence," Coastal Carolina second baseman Tommy LaStella said.  "We're 100 percent confident in Cody or whoever's throwing for us.  We have all the confidence in the world in Cody."

"He wants to walk out of here with some [wins] under his belt in the postseason and be a guy that helps us move in the direction of Omaha," Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore said.  "I feel like [Friday against Stony Brook], win lose or draw, he'll be very good."

Wheeler and CCU face Stony Brook Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.  College of Charleston faces NC State at BB&T Coastal Field at 7 p.m.

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