Chants beat Hawkeyes, rain thanks to lights-out pitching

Coastal Carolina moved its game up 30 minutes Friday and the move proved prudent as the Chanticleers (2-2) defeated Iowa (1-4) 1-0 at the 13th Annual Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach tournament, played at BB&T Coastal Field.

The rain held off until the eighth inning. About that time, junior relief pitcher Ryan Connolly came out of the bullpen with a 1-0 lead, two outs and Hawkeyes on second and third. Connolly struck out Dan Sheppard to end the eighth. Connolly came back in the ninth to record a ground out and a pair of strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.

Overall, Coastal had three solid pitching outings. For the second straight week, sophomore Tyler Herb (2-0) pitched seven complete innings to earn the win. He only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four. Freshman Austin Kerr came on to start the eighth and dodged an error and having runners advance on a strikeout due to a wild pitch, setting the stage for Connolly’s finish.

Coastal Carolina got on the board first. Sloan Gilliam delivered a leadoff double, moved to third on a Daniel Bowman sacrifice bunt and scored on Bryce Dial’s RBI ground out.

Iowa starter Jarred Hippen (0-1) was the tough-luck loser. The lefty pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just three hits and one run with five walks and five strikeouts.

There are four games set for Saturday and all four games will start as scheduled. George Mason and Iowa start the day at 11 am in Conway at Watson Stadium. Coastal will then host Virginia Tech at 1 pm in Myrtle Beach at BB&T Coastal Field.  North Carolina State and West Virginia will follow George Mason and Iowa in Conway, while Virginia Tech will face George Mason Saturday at 5 pm at BB&T Coastal Field.

In the other games Friday at the Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach, Virginia Tech defeated West Virginia, 7-4, and North Carolina State defeated George Mason, 8-5.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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