High Point snaps Coastal’s hot streak, cuts BSC lead

ccubase-throwThe 16th-ranked Coastal Carolina baseball program had its winning streak snap at nine games as Scot Hoffman led High Point to a 5-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium in game one of a three-game series.

The game was a pitchers’ duel through six complete as the teams combined for 15 strikeouts and just five hits. The Chanticleers had won 14 straight weekend games and fall to 29-11 overall and 11-2 in the Big South. The Panthers improve to 26-13, 9-4 – two games behind first-place Coastal with two games left in the weekend series.

Hoffman, who entered the game with a 4.69 ERA and a 3-3 record, shut down Coastal’s potent offense until surrendering a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. Hoffman left after 8.1 and improved to 4-3 on the season as he allowed four hits – one in the fourth, two in the seventh and one in the ninth – while walking two and striking out nine. Tyler Britton picked up his third save of the season as he got a strikeout and fly out to end the contest.

Coastal got a strong pitching performance too as Alex Cunningham (6-2) matched Hoffman through six, allowing just four hits and striking out nine over the span. However, he would allow two runs in the seventh and two in the eighth while surrendering eight hits and walking two. The loss was the Cunningham’s first since Feb. 27 and CCU had won each of the last seven when Cunningham was on the mound.

Game two of the three-game set between the Chanticleers and Panthers is set for Sunday at 2 pm.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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