Coastal drops split twinbill to Ohio State, High Point

Coastal Carolina scored two runs in the first inning, but that was all it could manage in suffering a 3-2 loss to High Point in the backend of a mixed doubleheader Sunday. The Chanticleers lost to Ohio State, 7-5, earlier Sunday in the final day of the Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic at Springs Brooks Stadium.

Coastal got off to a quick start versus Panthers as leadoff hitter Seth Lancaster doubled to start the home half of the first inning. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch. Kevin Woodall Jr., also singled and Zach Biermann walked to set the stage for an RBI single from Kyle Skeels for a 2-0 lead.

High Point cut its deficit in half, 2-1, in the second. Hunter Lee and Blake Schunk started the frame with singles and Jordan Sergent loaded the bases with a one-out single. JJ Woodard delivered a sacrifice fly to plate the Panthers’ first run.

A solo home run by Tanner Wells to start the fourth knotted the game at 2-2.

The Panthers took a 3-2 lead in the eighth. Carson Jackson reached on a fielder’s choice and scored one batter later when Blake Schunk doubled to right field.

Trevor Damron (0-1) suffered the loss. He allowed one hit and one run in 3.1 innings of relief. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Jay Causey got his first career start and struck out five in four innings.

In the opener, Ohio State scored four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth and held off a Coastal Carolina charge in the ninth to claim a 7-5 victory.

Coastal Carolina (12-6) will stay at home to host UConn on Tuesday with first pitch set for 4 pm. High Point improves to 8-7.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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