Conway Regional BreakdownPostseason
4. LIU Brooklyn
Most Exciting Player: Seth Lancaster, ss, Coastal Carolina. He hits for power, average and isn’t afraid to take a walk. Once he’s on base, he is a good runner who can steal bases as well. He’s an all-around dynamo.
Best Hitter: Lancaster. He and Kevin Woodall Jr. anchor the Coastal Carolina lineup that is producing right runs a game.
Best Pitcher: Mason Feole, lhp, Connecticut. When a fellow starter went down, Feole stepped up. He’s 9-1 and striking out 11 batters per nine innings. He can run his fastball up to 93-94 mph and has developed a 74-78 curveball to go along with his changeup that has some armside fade.
X-Factor: Tim Cate, lhp, Connecticut. Possibly the top prospect in the Conway Regional is the one guy that is a question mark. Cate missed nearly two months with forearm tightness before returning May 18. He’s made three scoreless appearances out of the bullpen, including a spectacular seven strikeout performance in 3.2 innings against Wichita State. But how many pitches can he throw and how quickly will he be available again, if he’s being used out of the bullpen?
Best Starting Rotation: Washington. If Cate was in Connecticut’s rotation, they’d get the nod, but the other Huskies’ starting rotation features trio of pitchers in the top 150 nationally in walks allowed per nine innings. Joe DeMers, Lucas Knowles and Jordan Jones just will not give in to hitters. They continue to attack throughout.
Best Bullpen: LIU Brooklyn. The combination of Mike Krieger, Baylor LaPointe and Rob Griswold give the Blackbirds plenty of options late in games and if they need a strikeout, the trio has combined to strikeout 10.8 batters per nine innings.
Best Offensive Team: Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are one of the country’s top offensive clubs while the rest of the regional features teams that barely got into the top 100 national rankings in one or two team offensive categories.
Best Defensive Team: Washington. None of the teams are exceptionally good, but the addition of AJ Graffanino back to the shortstop position and having Ben Baird to move around the infield make the Huskies the most versatile defensively.
No. 1 Seed Win Probability (1-10): 4. The Chanticleers get a UConn team that should have hosted and a Washington squad that was a blown ninth-inning lead away from a Pac-12 title.