Coastal’s Skeels steals show in shootout with Seahawks

ccubase-36Kyle Skeels had a breakout game, going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a triple shy of the cycle, to lead #29 Coastal Carolina to a 13-6 victory over region rival UNC Wilmington Tuesday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.

Coastal, winners of six straight overall, improves to 31-16-1 for the season and 59-32 all-time versus the Seahawks (24-23). The Chanticleers additionally sweep the season series with UNCW (with previous wins of 4-1 on Mar. 1 and 13-2 on Mar. 29) and the Chants have won six straight in the series.

The Chanticleers will play their final home non-conference game of 2017 tomorrow (April 10) by hosting another region rival, College of Charleston. First pitch is set for 6 pm.

As for Tuesday’s game, Skeels entered the game with just seven hits in 42 at bats (23 games, 13 starts). However, five of those seven hits were for extra bases, including two doubles and three home runs. He added to those totals, as well as his impressive RBI-to-hit ratio, by going 3-for-3 (single, double and home run) with two walks, a career-high four RBI and a career-high four runs scored. He now has 10 hits for 2017 (seven for extra bases) with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored.

Coastal also got two hits each from Billy Cooke (2-for-5), Kevin Woodall Jr. (2-for-5) and Wood Myers (2-for-4) while Woodall and Josh Crump each had two RBI.

Coastal raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but UNCW made it a three-run game at 9-6 in the sixth as Berne hit a solo home run. However, Coastal once again answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Myers hit a single and moved to third on a Seth Lancaster single. After Lancaster stole second, Skeels ripped a single to center that plated both Myers and Lancaster tor an 11-6 lead.

Coastal capped the scoring in the eighth as both Rivers and Skeels scored on a Crump sacrifice fly to deep right center field. Skeels was able to score on the play as well as the two UNCW collided in the outfield after the catch was made.

Veneziano worked 4.2 innings and allowed four hits and five runs (three earned) with three walks and four strikeouts before exiting after taking a line drive off his right chest. Bobby Holmes (5-3) picked up the win. He allowed three hits and one run in 2.1 innings.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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