Chants continue hot start against UNC Wilmington

Cory Wood had three hits and two RBI while Lee Sponseller and Zach Biermann each added two RBI to lead Coastal Carolina to a 10-5 victory over UNC Wilmington Wednesday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The win improves Coastal to 8-2 on the season and marks the Chanticleers’ seventh straight win in the series with region rival UNCW (5-3).

Anthony Simonelli, the reigning Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week, improved to 2-0 in his second career start. He allowed five hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts over five complete innings. Zack McCambley got Coastal out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth with CCU leading 8-5 at the time. The freshman finished with five strikeouts and one walk in 2.1 scoreless innings.

In the top of the sixth, UNCW loaded the bases thanks to two walks and a single. Jeffers then worked the count full, fouled off a couple of pitches and walked to force home Cole Weiss from third to make the score 8-5. McCambley then struck out Berne to end the threat.

The Chants were able to answer for a third time, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Beaird singled and Chavers walked. An error on a pickoff attempt moved to the two runner up 90 feet and Cory Wood followed with a two-run double to the left-center field gap.

Coastal will return to action this weekend by hosting the Johnny Gardner Law Group Tournament Mar. 2-4. The Chants will host Ball State Friday (3 pm), Maryland at 3 p.m. Saturday and Radford at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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