CCU’s Beckwith gets lots of support in return to bullpen

ccubase-beckwithCoastal Carolina hit three home runs, but Andrew Beckwith had six strong innings in relief as the Chanticleers took an 8-5 decision at Georgia State on Saturday.

Coastal (18-10, 6-2 Sun Belt) clinches the series win and will got for its second straight conference sweep Sunday versus the Panthers (11-16, 1-7) at 1 p.m.

Beckwith, who made his return to the bullpen, improved to 3-1. He allowed three hits and one unearned run with a walk and six strikeouts.

Billy Cooke and Wood Myers each hit home runs, had two hits and two RBI while Peyton Isaacson drove in two and Kevin Woodall Jr., hit his league-leading 10th home run.

For the third time this season, Cooke hit a leadoff home run for the Chanticleers for an early 1-0 lead. Cooke now has five home runs for the season. Later, Woodall smacked a two-out solo blast. Although the Sun Belt leader and among the NCAA top five in home runs, Woodall’s dinger snapped a nine-game dry spell for round-tippers by Woodall.

Georgia State answered with a leadoff home run of its own as Ryan Blanton hit the second pitch he saw over the right-center field wall.

Coastal, specifically Seth Lancaster, got that run back in the top of the second. The junior walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.  Georgia State would walk the bases loaded to set a two-out, two-run single to right field by Peyton Isaacson, scoring Wood Myers and Billy Cooke for a 5-1 cushion.

Lancaster finished the game with four stolen bases, one shy of the CCU single-game record, and the Chants swiped seven bases, two shy of the CCU single-game mark.

– Photo courtesy of Georgia State

The Panthers responded with run in the bottom of the second to make the score 5-2. GSU loaded the bases on a walk, error and walk before Jack Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Cam Sperry. Jason Bilous recorded a strikeout to limit the damage.

Georgia State second baseman Will Kilgore started the bottom of the fourth with a home run to make it a two-run game, 5-3, in CCU’s favor. The Panthers then got back-to-back singles before a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. Nick Gatewood brought home his team’s fourth run with an RBI ground out to first base. Beckwith then got a strikeout to keep CCU on top, 5-4.

Coastal’s offense was held in check for the third, fourth and fifth innings. However, in the sixth, the Chants scored twice for a 7-4 lead. Dalton Ewing hit a one-out triple and Wood followed with a home run to right field. It marked the second long-ball of the year – and for the week – for Wood.

Wood was involved in another run in the top of the eighth. The freshman hit a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on a Matt Beaird sacrifice bunt. Cooke followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Wood for the 8-4 lead.

The Panthers took advantage of a CCU error to score in the eighth. Romero Greer was hit by a pitch. On a CCU error, he moved to third and scored when Coastal turned a double play to provide the 8-5 final.

Photo by CCU Athletics

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