Chants take down Cougars; High Point series changed

ccubase-16swingCoastal Carolina scored four runs in the first inning and four in the fourth to secure a 9-5 win over region rival College of Charleston on Wednesday evening at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The 16th-ranked Chanticleers (28-10) and the Cougars (21-15-1) split the season series, each winning two games on their home turf. Coastal Carolina has won nine straight, 16 of its last 17 and 22 of its last 25.

Connor Owings (3-for-5) and Billy Cooke (2-for-4) wasted little time in extending their current streaks.

Owings singled in the first, giving him an 18-game hitting streak. He ties Daniel Bowman for third on the CCU all-time list with Mike Costanzo owing the record (based on available files) with a 20-game hit streak in 2005.

Cooke followed Owings with an RBI double. Cooke has now reached base safely (hit/walk/hit by pitch) in 30 consecutive games. He is the 13th Chant (on record) to reach base safely in 30 straight. Costanzo owns the mark by reaching in 55 straight spanning the 2004 and 2005 seasons (last 33 of 2004 and first 22 of 2005).

While Coastal pounded out 14 hits Wednesday, it made five errors as all five runs the Cougars scored were unearned.

Andrew Beckwith (6-1) managed the miscues well as he pitched the final six innings to get the win. He scattered six hits and walked none with four strikeouts. He did allow three runs (two in the fourth and one in the ninth) thanks to three CCU errors.

With inclement weather in the forecast for Friday (April 22), the Coastal Carolina baseball series with High Point this weekend has been changed. Friday’s game has been postponed until Monday (April 25) at 4 pm. The games for Saturday (April 23) and Sunday (April 24) are set to be played as scheduled with both contests starting at 2 pm.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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