CCU suffers first SBC loss; Clemson rematch on deck

Coastal Carolina had the tying run on second base in the ninth inning, but had its rally come up short as Georgia Southern held on for a 5-4 victory in the series finale Saturday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium.

While Coastal won its third conference series of the season and its seventh straight dating back to last season, the loss snapped a 19-game win streak over two seasons in Sun Belt action by the 20th-ranked Chanticleers, which falls to 21-9 overall and 8-1 in the league. The Eagles improve to 13-14, 6-3.

Coastal was down 5-1 through seven innings, but got a solo home run from Kevin Woodall Jr., in the eighth inning and another by Kieton Rivers in the ninth to give CCU hope. After Rivers’ blast, Turner Buis doubled and later scored on a Seth Lancaster ground out to make it a one-run game. Cory Wood, who walked, moved to second on the Lancaster ground ball, but was left stranded as Eagle relief pitchers Braxton Jones and Hayden Harris recorded a pop out and strikeout, respectively, to end the game.

Buis was 3-for-4 while Rivers had two RBI to lead the Chanticleer offense.

Coastal will continue its five-game road swing on Tuesday at nationally-ranked Clemson. First pitch is set for 6:30 pm at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Chants and Tigers met two weeks ago (Mar. 20) in Conway with Coastal taking a 9-5 win on a walk-off grand slam.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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