By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(July 26, 2013) –Coastal Carolina University received a verbal commitment earlier this month from Heritage High School senior Zack Hopeck who will start his NCAA D1 collegiate baseball career for the Chanticleers in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I chose Coastal because it’s a great fit for me: a great baseball school,” said the 6-foot-2 pitcher. “It’s a small, country campus and that’s what I wanted.”
In 2013, the Pride finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second with an 11-5 record, earning a three-seed in the Dulles District Tournament. They defeated the eventual AA state semifinalist Woodgrove Wolverines in the district semifinal before falling to Potomac Falls in the district championship.
Hopeck expects Heritage to string wins together to lead the Pride to a third straight regional playoff berth while attempting to bring home district hardware for the first time in program history.
The Chanticleers finished the regular season 37-23 including an 18-6 record in the Big South.
Hopeck, who struck out over 10.6 per nine while issuing only three walks throughout the season, will add a punch to a Coastal pitching staff which had a conference low 3.26 ERA in 2013.
“I want to bring a strike thrower that they know they can trust to pound the zone and get outs.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and will start his sophomore year at Syracuse University in the fall.