College Baseball Central Podcast: Previewing the Conway Regional in Ten Minutes or Less

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy and Scott Stone preview the Conway Regional in ten minutes or less. The four teams competing for a regional title in this one are: 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (42-17, Sun Belt automatic)

With Seth Lancaster (.311/.462/.660, 17 2B, 19 HR, 23 SB), Kevin Woodall, Jr. (.300/.417/.592, 19 HR), and Zach Biermann (.291/.412/.553, 12 HR) in the lineup, the Chanticleers are a team capable of slugging their way through this regional. On the mound, Jason Bilous (7-2, 3.39 ERA) can be as dominant as just about anyone in the country if he can keep his walks under wraps. Behind him in the rotation, Zack Hopeck (6-4, 4.19 ERA) is a solid, proven option.

UConn Huskies (35-20-1, American Athletic Conference at-large)

The Huskies are probably feeling a bit stung that they’re not getting to host a regional, so they’ll look to take that out on the opposition in Conway. They haven’t had the services of Tim Cate (4-4, 3.23 ERA) for large chunks of the season due to injury, but the effects of his absence have been mitigated by the performances of Mason Feole (9-1, 2.50 ERA), who has been outstanding, and Chase Gardner (4-2, 3.76), who has been a solid option as well. Jacob Wallace (3.16 ERA) and P.J. Poulin (3.30 ERA) provide the team with a couple of versatile bullpen arms.

Washington Huskies (30-23, Pac-12 at-large)

For much of the season, it didn’t look like Washington was going to be able to do enough to get into a regional, but their work in going 20-10 in the Pac-12, including a season-ending series win over Stanford, was enough to get them in, even if their RPI wasn’t in traditional at-large range. They’re going to look to get it done by pitching well and keeping scores low. Joe DeMers (6-3, 2.56 ERA) and Jordan Jones (6-3, 3.44 ERA) make for a solid one-two punch in the rotation.

LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (31-24, NEC automatic)

The Blackbirds deserve a ton of credit, if for no other reason than because they won an auto bid in a conference that has traditionally been dominated by Bryant. Wagner, for their part, also had a good season, so LIU-Brooklyn really had long odds to pull this off. Zach Pederson (6-4, 3.82 ERA) and Patrick Clyde (5-4, 4.39 ERA) give them a couple of solid starters to throw at the better offenses in this regional.

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.