Coastal splits doubleheader with Presbyterian College

After rallying to win game one of the doubleheader at Presbyterian College, Coastal Carolina stranded 10 men on base as the Blue Hose captured game two 5-3 in Clinton.

The setback, only the second ever at the hands of PC, drops Coastal to 26-17 (12-5 Big South). The two-game split moves PC to 23-21 on the season and 9-8 against conference competition.

Just as they did in the first game of the twin billing, the Chanticleers got on the scoreboard first. Jake Kane led off with a single and advanced to third on a failed pickoff move by PC pitcher. Josh Powell, who got the starting nod behind the plate, plated Kane with a sac fly to right, giving the traveling Chanticleers an early 1-0 lead. Two batters later Zach Remillard ripped a double down the left field line; however, he would be stranded on second as the inning ended.

 After four innings of being shutout, Presbyterian College found a big inning in the fifth, taking a 3-1 lead in the process. The Blue Hose led off the inning with three straight bunts that yielded base runners on second and third with only one out. Chanticleer pitcher Seth Lamando induced a Jay Lizanich fly out before intentionally walking Aaron Preston to load the bases. First baseman Ben Zebedis then ripped a hot back up the middle that scored Robby Swab and Ryan Hagan. With Cam McCrae at the plate, Zebedis broke for second but got caught in a rundown between first and second. While Zebedis was in the rundown, Preston took off for home. The Chants recognized the steal attempt at home, but Zebedis slid under Powell’s tag attempt, extending PC’s lead to two runs. Lamando escaped the inning without any more damage with a strikeout of McCrae.

The Blue Hose added a pair of runs in the sixth to stretch their lead to 5-1. Brandon Paul tripled to left to start the inning and was drove home by Nathan Chong’s seeing-eye single to center. Chong then stole second and came around to score PC’s fifth run of the game on single to right off the bat of Swab.

Coastal countered with two runs of its own in the seventh, cutting their deficit to 5-3. Nick Oberg reached on a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Following a walk issued to Anthony Marks, Ted Blackman hit into what looked like a double play, but the PC second baseman made a wild throw over to the shortstop who was covering the bag, allowing Oberg to score and all the runners to reach safely. A PC pitching change was met by an RBI single by Jacob May, scoring Marks. That would be the end of the Chanticleer threat as a Willis hit into an easy fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Ryan Connolly then came on in relief of Lamando in the bottom of the seventh and proceeded to shut the Blue Hose down in both the seventh and eighth. The senior struck out three and lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.40.

The Chants threatened in the top of the ninth with two outs. May beat out an infield single to third and Will Remillard drew a walk bringing Willis to the plate. The threat would not come to pass a Willis, who represented the winning run, flew out to center to end the game.

In the opener, Coastal’s three-run eighth inning overcame a 4-2 deficit and gave the Chants a 5-4 win.

Luke Willis’ lead-off infield single to third was followed by a Jacob May bunt single back to the pitcher. Both Willis and May advanced a base on a passed ball, before Will Remillard singled through the left side to plate Willis.

Ted Blackman, who was not in the initial lineup due to illness, was called upon to pinch hit for Colin Hering. Blackman did not disappoint, lifting a 2-0 pitch to right field for a game-tying sac fly. Jake Kane followed Blackman with the game-winning single, scoring Remillard from second.

Willis and Remillard both went 2-for-4 to co-led the Chanticleers at the plate in the game.

Coastal lit up the scoreboard at the PC Baseball Complex in the third after Nick Oberg got on base with a double down the right field line. With Willis at bat PC’s Beau Dees tossed a wild pitch that went to the backstop, allowing Oberg to advance to third. However, a lackadaisical effort by the catcher gave Oberg an opening to take home, making the score 1-0

The Blue Hose countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third to knot the score at one. Billy Mortroni led off the frame with a single, but was picked off first by catcher W. Remillard. The pickoff proved to be costly for the Blue Hose as Jay Lizanich followed with a double to left and scored a batter later on an Aaron Preston single. Preston then stole second and scored on a Brandon Paul single to right, giving PC a 2-1 lead.

A Zach Remillard walk and a single by PC’s Ryan Hagan resulted in the only base runners by the sides over the ensuing two innings as both pitchers settled and took advantage of their defenses.

With two outs in home half of the sixth, Nathan Chong sent Ben Smith’s 3-2 offering over the left field wall, putting PC up 3-1.

Coastal pushed one run across in the top of the seventh, cutting their deficit to 3-2. W. Remillard got things started with single that dropped into the gap in left. Three batters later Z. Remillard plated his brother with a sharp single through the left side of the infield. The Chants would end the inning with runners stranded on second and third.

PC immediately got the run back in the bottom of the inning as Preston singled home Motroni, who walked as the second batter of the frame.

The rubber match is set for noon Saturday in Clinton.

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