Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Baseball: This weekend's Invitational at CCU

Update.......Due to forecasted cold temperatures on Friday and impending weather on Monday, the full tournament schedule has been shifted to squeeze each game in between the two parks, altering the previously announced slate for the Catamounts. WCU will now play twice at Field – Friday morning and Sunday afternoon – and once in Conway at Spring Brooks Stadium on Saturday morning.

On Friday, February 21, the Cats travel to the Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC to participate in the Brittain Resorts & Hotels Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina University. The Catamounts will face Illinois on Friday, Kennesaw State on Saturday, and St. Joseph's on Sunday, in the three-day event.

University of Illinois

When: Friday, February, 21
Game Times: 11 am
Where: Field, Myrtle Beach, SC
Radio: Fighting Illini Radio
Live Stats:  CCU Live Stats
Illinois Location: Champaign, IL
Illinois Conference: Big Ten (B1G)
Nickname: Fighting Illini
The Series with Illinois: This will be the second meeting between the two schools and the Cats own a 1-0 record with the Fighting Illini

CSU's 2019 record: 36-21 overall, 15-9 conference, 3-6 netural sites

The Fighting Illini enter the contest with a 1-2 record after the opening weekend, with a win over Milwaukee, and losses to Seton Hall and Wake Forest. Illinois was picked to finish 6th in the Big Ten for the 2020 season.

Kennesaw State 

When: Saturday, February, 22
Game Times: 11 am
Where: Springs Brooks Stadium, Coastal Carolina, Conway, SC
Radio:  none
Live Stats:  CCU Live Stats
KSU Conference: Atlantic Sun (ASun)
Nickname: Owls
Location:  Kennesaw, GA
The Series with KSU: The Cats own a 12-7 record with the Owls, the two teams last played in 2017

KSU's 2019 record: 27-29 overall, 11-13 conference, 0-0 neutral sites

The Owls were picked to finish 7th in the nine-team ASun Conference, with senior outfielder Terence Norman selected as the -Sun preseason player of the year.  Currently the Owls are 3-0 after the opening weekend, however, KSU will play Georgia in Kennesaw and face West Virginia prior to meeting the Catamounts in the tournament.

Saint Joseph's 

When: Sunday, February, 23
Game Times: 2 pm
Where: Field, Myrtle Beach, SC
Radio:  none
Live Stats:  CCU Live Stats
SJU Conference: Atlantic Ten (A-Ten)
Nickname: Hawks
Location:  Philadelphia
The Series with St. Joseph's: This will be the first meeting between the two schools on the baseball field. 

SJU's 2019 record: 21-28 overall, 13-11 conference, 4-9 neutral sites

The Hawks were 1-3 on their opening weekend of play and will face Coastal Carolina and West Virginia in the tournament prior to facing the Cats.

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