Chants open new stadium with shutout win

Chants open new stadium with shutout win

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – After playing off campus for the past two years, the Coastal Carolina baseball program christened its new facility – Springs Brooks Stadium – with a 4-0 victory over Old Dominion (0-1) before a crowd of 1,736, the largest CCU turnout for an on-campus, regular-season baseball game.

The game was the season opener for both teams. Prior to the game, head coach Gary Gilmore, who is in his 20th season at CCU and 26th as a head coach, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and kissed home plate as today fulfilled a long-time dream of having this state-of-the-art facility.

The Coastal-ODU game was not actually the first game to be played in Springs Brooks Stadium. Earlier in the day, Maryland defeated Western Kentucky, 7-3, in game one of the seventh annual Caravelle Resort Tournament.

The Chanticleers (1-0) did all their damage in the third inning thanks to two-run home runs by both sophomore shortstop Michael Paez and junior catcher Casey Schroeder.

Coastal goes back to work on Saturday against Western Kentucky with a 2:30 scheduled first pitch. Then the Chants will look to wrap up the weekend with a game against Maryland at 1:00