Cardiac Chants strike again as bullpen holds off Radford

For the second-straight day, No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina rallied in the middle innings for a comeback victory, this time defeating No. 5 Radford, 5-3, in Game 7 of the 2012 Big South Baseball Championship at Williard Stadium on the campus of High Point University.

The Chanticleers improve to 39-17 and advance to Game 12 on Friday against a to-be-determined opponent.  Radford falls to 29-27-1 and will play No. 4 Gardner-Webb in an elimination game Thursday at 3:00pm.

Coastal Carolina struck first with a run in the bottom of the first.  With one out, Jacob May singled to left and moved to third on Daniel Bowman’s single to right.  The hit was the 300th of Bowman’s career, making him the fourth player in Big South history with 300 and the first with 300 career hits, 200 career runs and 200 career RBI.  An error by Radford pitcher Mark Patterson allowed May to score for the early lead.  The Chanticleers went ahead 2-0 in the second inning as Tripp Martin blasted a solo home run over the wall in left-center.

But the Highlanders would counter with a three-run inning in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.  Brett Mollenhauer opened with a walk, followed by singles from Jeff Kemp and Matt Mack to load the bases.  A passed ball by catcher Tucker Frawley allowed Mollenhauer to score the first run, and Josh Gardiner singled to right-center to plate Kemp and Mack with the go-ahead runs.

The Chanticleers scored twice in the fifth inning to retake the lead at 4-3.  Rich Witten tied the game with a run-scoring single that brought home May, who had tripled to start the inning.  Before Witten’s at-bat, Bowman was hit-by-pitch and he eventually scored on Frawley’s fielder’s choice.

Radford threatened to tie the game in the seventh inning, as the Highlanders loaded the bases with two outs.  But Coastal reliever Ryan Connolly struck out Mack to escape unscathed.  Coastal Carolina added an insurance run in the bottom half to stretch its lead to 5-3.

Connolly (4-2) was the difference maker, as he tossed six scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory.  He allowed just four hits, walked none and fanned four in his 105th career appearance, which is tied for 4th all-time in Big South history.  CCU starter Javier Reynoso lasted three innings and allowed all three Highlander runs.  Martin, May and Bowman finished with two hits each for the Chanticleers.

“The bullpen saved us again.  Heck, they’ve saved our season,” said Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore.  “Without (injured starter) Josh Conway, we have struggled, but those (submarine) guys have been unbelievable.  Javier gave us three good innings, and we can just hope to get as many innings out of each starter.  Bottom line, if we find a way to win Friday, I don’t think we will be left out of (Regionals).”

Mollenhauer and Kemp each had two hits for Radford.  Peterson (4-4) suffered the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits in 4.1 innings.  He walked two and struck out three.

The victory was Coastal Carolina’s 13th-straight Tournament win, extending its Big South Conference record.

Meanwhile, the Big South announced a schedule adjustment, as Game 8 between No. 2 Campbell-No. 3 Liberty has been moved to Thursday morning at 11:00am.  The loser of that game will play No. 7 High Point in an elimination game Thursday evening, with the winner advancing to Game 11 on Friday morning.

Comments

comments

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls sweep rival Socastee

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls sweep rival SocasteeThe North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team captured its [more]

Wrestling: MB tops Foxes; NMB sweeps quad match

Wrestling: MB tops Foxes; NMB sweeps quad matchThe Myrtle Beach High boys wrestling team captured a hard-fought [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers hold off Seahawks; Sharks win

Boys Hoops: Tigers hold off Seahawks; Sharks winThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team took its best [more]

Girls Hoops: MB settles score with rivals; CF rolls

Girls Hoops: MB settles score with rivals; CF rollsThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team got a little [more]

Coastal's Adams named Sun Belt player of week

Coastal's Adams named Sun Belt player of weekCoastal Carolina senior guard Jas Adams has been named the [more]

Conway QB Grainger puts end to recruiting process

Conway QB Grainger puts end to recruiting processConway High quarterback D'Wuan Grainger entered his senior season as [more]

Carolina Forest boys rush past Northwood Academy

Carolina Forest boys rush past Northwood AcademyThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team claimed its second victory [more]

Panthers in playoff hunt; Quigley sticks with Vikes

Panthers in playoff hunt; Quigley sticks with VikesThe Carolina Panthers find themselves back in the thick of [more]

Hoops tip off, wrestling caps busy sports week

Hoops tip off, wrestling caps busy sports weekThe Grand Strand prep sports scene has a busy week [more]

CAC skirts snow, heats up Snowflake Invite podium

CAC skirts snow, heats up Snowflake Invite podiumThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) dodged a snowy weekend in [more]

Riptides dash through the Blizzard Blitz competition

Riptides dash through the Blizzard Blitz competitionSeven Riptide swimmers traveled to Cary, NC, over weekend to [more]

North team extends streak of dominance over South

North team extends streak of dominance over SouthThe North squad extended its streak of dominance in the [more]

Myrtle Beach boys, girls blast past Carolina Forest

Myrtle Beach boys, girls blast past Carolina ForestThe Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball teams blew [more]

Gamecocks survive scare from Chants at the buzzer

Gamecocks survive scare from Chants at the buzzerFormer Gamecock-turned-Chanticleer Jaylen Shaw missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at [more]

Steele makes major splash at Winter Junior Nationals

Steele makes major splash at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club swimmer Taylor Steele [more]

Tigers, Chiefs join forces on North-South gridiron

Tigers, Chiefs join forces on North-South gridironThe best local high school football matchup was never played [more]

Boys Hoops: Nichols leads Tigers; Braves beat Sharks

Boys Hoops: Nichols leads Tigers; Braves beat SharksConway High hoops standout Jimmy Nichols is off to an [more]

Moglia looks to Nebraska roots to hire DC Sanders

Moglia looks to Nebraska roots to hire DC SandersCoastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia has named Marvin Sanders [more]

Girls Hoops: NMB caps big week by defeating Conway

Girls Hoops: NMB caps big week by defeating ConwayPay-back continued for the North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball [more]

Lady Chiefs turn up heat on defense to defeat WB

Lady Chiefs turn up heat on defense to defeat WBThe North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team turned up [more]

Socastee comes out firing early to down Waccamaw

Socastee comes out firing early to down WaccamawThe Socastee High boys basketball team captured a big home [more]

CCU defensive coordinator Matthews calls it a career

CCU defensive coordinator Matthews calls it a careerCoastal Carolina defensive coordinator Mickey Matthews announced Thursday his retirement [more]

Chants rally past Pirates, face Gamecocks Saturday

Chants rally past Pirates, face Gamecocks SaturdayJaylen Shaw led four Chanticleers in double digits as Coastal [more]

Wrestling: Panthers down Chiefs; Trojans top Braves

Wrestling: Panthers down Chiefs; Trojans top BravesThe North Myrtle Beach wrestling team's home opener against intra-county [more]

Johnson headlines seven Chants on All-Sun Belt list

Johnson headlines seven Chants on All-Sun Belt listSeven Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were named to the 2017 Sun [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls sweep rival Socastee

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls sweep rival SocasteeThe North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team captured its [more]

Wrestling: MB tops Foxes; NMB sweeps quad match

Wrestling: MB tops Foxes; NMB sweeps quad matchThe Myrtle Beach High boys wrestling team captured a hard-fought [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach