Coastal closes out season with series sweep of CSU

After completing a doubleheader sweep Friday to secure the program’s sixth straight Big South Championship, Coastal Carolina got six scoreless innings from freshman Javier Reynoso to complete a series sweep at Charleston Southern, winning 2-0 Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.

Coastal Carolina (37-17, 18-5) will be the top seed at the 2012 Big South Baseball Championship, played May 22-26 at High Point University’s WIlard Stadium and presented by Brookwood Farms BBQ and Triangle Rent A Car.

Reynoso (3-2) pitched a career-high 6.0 innings, scattering five hits with no walks and one strikeout. Ryan Connolly, Ben Smith and Patrick Corbett combined to work the final three innings, allowing two hits, two walks and four strikeouts between the trio. Corbett pitched the final 1.2 innings, striking out two, to earn his second save and the team’s 25th of the season.

Also, with the shutout, Coastal Carolina’s pitching staff finishes the season as the NCAA leader in ERA, posting a 2.49 average as a staff. Coastal’s staff has ranked among the NCAA top 20 in five of gthe last six years, including 10th in 2009 and eighth in 2010.

Both pitchers were in command early but Tucker Frawley drew a one-out walk off Buccaneer starter Patrick Dolan and stole second. Two batters later Luke Willis hit a two-out double just inside the bag at third base, bring home Frawley for the first run of the game.

In the sixth, Coastal added a run to take a 2-0 lead. Jacob May singled to left center and stole second. Daniel Bowman was bit by a pitch and Rich Witten followed with an RBI single to center, bringing home May.

Dolan (4-5) suffered the loss. He pitched seven innings and allowed five hits and two runs with two walks and five strikeouts.

Offensively, Coastal was led Creel and May, each getting two hits, while Witten and Willis contributed the RBI.

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