Coastal freshmen pitchers solve FSU to avoid sweep

ccubase-fsu2After Florida State collected 26 hits and 24 runs in the first two games of the series, Coastal Carolina freshmen pitchers Shane Sawczak and Bobby Holmes combined to allow just two hits and two runs – both in the fourth inning – to lead the 23rd-ranked Chanticleers to a 4-2 victory at #7 Florida State in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.

Coastal Carolina (32-15) avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season with the win and handed the Seminoles (35-14) just their fourth home loss of the season. Coastal Carolina improves to 6-3 versus Atlantic Coastal Conference opponents this season and 13-4 overall in road games. Also, the Chants recorded their first ever win versus Florida State. Tthe series now stands at 13-1 in FSU’s favor with all 14 games being played in Tallahassee.

Sawczak cruised through the first three innings, hitting one batter but picking him off to end the second. In the fourth, he allowed a leadoff single to Josh Delph and John Sansone followed with a double. Delph scored on a balk with Sansone taking third. DJ Stewart walked and stole second. Sansone came home on a wild pitch, moving Stewart to third. Coastal turned to Holmes out of the bullpen. Holmes quickly got two outs but put runners on the corners after hitting Dylan Busby. Holmes responded by getting a ground out to keep the score 3-2.

Holmes (4-0) finished the game, pitching a career-high 6.0 innings and did not allow a hit or a run. He did walk one batter in each of his last four innings pitched, stranding each runner, and recorded two strikeouts.

Offensively, G.K. Young and Anthony Marks each collected three hits to lead the squad.

Coastal Carolina used “small ball” to score three runs in the third inning. Tyler Chadwick hit a leadoff double and took third on a Seth Lancaster sacrifice bunt. A throwing error on the play allowed Chadwick to score and Lancaster took third. Marks put runners on the corners with a bunt single. Michael Paez followed with a safety squeeze bunt, driving in Lancaster. Two batters later, Young hit an RBI single to right center field to score Marks.

The Seminoles cut their deficit to one, 3-2, with the two runs in the fourth.

In the sixth, Coastal added an important insurance run. Young had his third hit in as many at bats to start the frame. FSU pitcher Dylan Silva then walked Zach Remillard, Casey Schroeder and David Parrett. The last walk resulted in a run, a 4-2 CCU lead and kept the bases loaded with no outs. However, Alec Byrd was called upon from the FSU bullpen and he recorded two strikeouts and a pop out to limit the damage.

Drew Carlton (3-4) suffered the loss for the Seminoles.

Coastal Carolina will take the week off for final exams before returning to action Friday night versus co-Big South leader Liberty. First pitches Friday and Saturday are set for 6 pm at Spring Brooks Stadium. The series finale Sunday will start at 2 pm.

Photo courtesy of FSU Athletics

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