Chants earn doubleheader split with Yellow Jackets

Coastal Carolina scored once in the eighth inning and twice in the ninth to earn a doubleheader split at #23 Georgia Tech, winning 7-4 in game two after suffering a 4-2 loss in game one at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Coastal raced out to a 4-0 lead and Chanticleer starter Seth Lamando took a no-hitter into the sixth – striking out six – before a pair of CCU errors allowed the Yellow Jackets to score four times and tie the game.

In the eighth, pinch hitter Luke Willis hit the first pitch he saw back up the middle to drive in what proved to be the winning run. The Chants added two insurance runs in the ninth to get the win.

Lamando did not figure in the win. He pitched five-plus innings, allowing one hit (bunt single) and there runs (one earned with one walk and six strikeouts. Senior Ryan Connolly proved why he is on the “Stopper of the Year” Mid-Season Watch List. He entered  with a runner on base and no outs in the sixth. Coastal picked a runner off first and Connolly got a strikeout and fly out  to keep the game tied.

Overall, Connolly (4-3) worked the final four innings, allowing two hits – including a bunt single – no runs and one walk with four strikeouts.

Coastal Carolina got on the board first in game two of Friday’s doubleheader. Will Remillard reached on a two-out single and Alex Buccilli fouled off seven pitches en route to drawing a walk. Jake Kane’s single to center field plated Remillard for a 1-0 lead.

The Chanticleers tacked on three runs, thanks to two Tech errors, to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Ted Blackman started the frame by reaching on an error. Jacob May followed with a sacrifice bunt, but an error on the play put Blackman on third and May on second.  Two batters later, Buccilli ripped a two-run double down the right field line. Kane welcomed new pitcher Jonathan King to the game with an RBI single.

Two errors and a bunt single led to four runs for Georgia Tech in the bottom of the sixth. Mitch Earnest started the home half reaching on an error. Kyle Wren followed with a bunt single – ending Lamando’s no-hit bid. Lamando looked to limit the damage with a potential double play, but an error allowed a run to score. Coastal turned to the bullpen, and Sam Dove rippled down the right field line to score two. Zane Evans followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. From that point, Connolly took over and led Coastal to the win.

Coastal regained the advantage in the eighth. Colin Hering caught a break when Tech shortstop dropped a foul ball, extending Hering’s at bat. Two pitches later, Hering doubled. After a sacrifice bunt by Zach Remillard moved Hering to third, Coastal brought Willis off the bench to face left-handed pitcher King. Georgia Tech turned to relief pitcher and right-hander Joe Wiseman but Willis lined the first pitch to center field to score Hering for a 5-4 CCU lead.

The Chanticleers added two runs in the ninth to go up 7-4. May had a leadoff single and took second on a sacrifice bunt. Kane drew a two-out walk and Hering plated May with an RBI single to left center field. Z. Remillard loaded the bases, reaching on an error. Justin Creel hit a slow roller up the middle. Tech tried to get the out at second, but the toss was late, allowing Kane to score.

Due to inclement weather in the forecast, game time for game three of the series is not known at this time.

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