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Chanticleers reach NCAA regionals with Conway's help

June 03, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Smithsburg's Josh Conway has learned a lot while helping Coastal Carolina reach the NCAA regionals.
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CONWAY, S.C. -- Smithsburg graduate Josh Conway might pinch himself to see if the first year of his college experience is for real.

Conway's baseball season has yet to come to an end. In fact, the biggest part of the season starts today when Coastal Carolina University begins NCAA regional play.

The Chanticleers (51-7), who have the No. 4 overall seed in the country, have smashed most school records, and Conway has been a part of it, no matter what position he has played.

"I've played all the infield positions and pitched," said Conway. "In fact, I've probably played third more than shortstop."

Conway is batting .274 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 26 games, 12 of which he started. He has 11 walks and is six-for-six in stolen-base attempts.

"I really didn't know what to expect at the beginning of the year," said Conway. "It's been more than expected because I've gotten some opportunities to play."

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Versatility doesn't hurt.

On the mound, Conway is 2-0 with one save and a 3.74 earned run average in 39 2/3 innings. He has pitched in 17 games and started four.

"I'm learning from the older guys in all facets of the game," said Conway. "They've been very helpful with me."

Coastal Carolina came into the year with experience and high expectations, and those have been met.

They meet Stony Brook (29-25) in their regional opener today at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. North Carolina State (38-22) meets College of Charleston (42-17) in the night game as the weekend double-elimination event begins across the country.

The survivors then move on to the Super Regionals with an eye on the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

"Of course our next goal is to win and get to the Super Regionals and to Omaha," said Conway. "We've simply taken each inning, each game and try to meet our expectations.

"I just keep coming to field every day to do whatever they need me to do," he said.

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