Chants sweep Bulldogs to take Big South division title

Zach Remillard’s solo home run in the third inning proved to be enough as Coastal Carolina handed UNC Asheville a 3-0 loss Sunday to complete the series sweep as well as clinch the Big South South Division Championship at Pelicans Ballpark.

While the Bulldogs (15-34, 3-17) out-hit the Chanticleers (32-18, 16-5) for the third straight game (8-4), Coastal Carolina received another solid pitching performance to hold on for the win.

Redshirt freshman Tyler Poole (6-2) scattered six hits and struck out five over five scoreless innings. His lone walk came to the first batter of the sixth inning, before giving way to Austin Kerr. Kerr worked the next two innings, striking out two while allowing one hit and one walk. Patrick Corbett earned his second save of the season by closing out the win. He pitched two innings and allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

The Bulldogs did threaten in the second. With two on and two out, Phillip Treadway singled to right field. Hunter Bryant attempted to score from second on the play, but Colin Hering’s perfect throw to home erased the runner for the final out.

Coastal broke the scoreless tie as Remillard hit a leadoff home run to start the home half of the third inning. The blast was his second in as many weekends and third of the season.

The Chanticleers made it a 2-0 ballgame in the sixth. Ted Blackman singled, moved to second on a ground out and scored on Jacob May’s RBI single.

Coastal took advantage of a Bulldog error in the seventh to push its advantage to 3-0. Jake Kane reached on a single and Hering reached on an error. Pinch hitter Alex Buccilli was hit by a pitch to lead the bases and Kane scored one batter later when Remillard hit into a double play.

Coastal Carolina will play its final home game of 2013 this Tuesday, hosting region rival and Colonial Athletic Conference leader UNC Wilmington (36-16). First pitch is set for 6 pm.

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