National champion Chants carry drama over into fall

ccubase-teamNearly five months since the captured the College World Series in thrilling fashion, the Coastal Carolina baseball team still had a flair for dramatics even in their annual fall intra-squad scrimmage.

Freshman Rafi Vasquez did not allow a hit and struck out seven over four innings to led his Grey squad to a 4-1 victory over the Black squad in the annual Coastal Carolina Fall World Series at Springs Books Stadium.

With the win Thursday, the Grey, who lost game one, won games two and three to claim bragging rights and the title. At the College World Series in June, Coastal rallied to win two straight to beat Arizona for the title.

While Vasquez was shutting down the Black offense, the Grey grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Matt Beaird hit a one-out double and scored on a Josh Crump RBI single. Crump later scored thanks to an infield hit by L.T. Struble and throwing error by the Black on the play.

The Grey pushed its lead to 4-0 in the third inning. Jordan Gore reached on a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI single by Seth Lancaster. After a ground out moved Lancaster to second, Beaird followed with his second hit of the game, an RBI single to center.

The Black squad got on the scoreboard in the fifth. Justin Rouse hit a one-out double. Two batters later, Billy Cooke reached on an infield single. A throwing error on the play allowed Rouse to score.

While Bobby Holmes surrendered a leadoff double, he rallied with three straight outs, including a nice diving stop by Gore, to end the game and give the Grey the win.

Dax Roper and Rouse accounted for the two hits by the Black team. Zack Hopeck suffered the loss, allowing six hits and four runs (three earned) in three innings. Will Latchem worked the final three innings and struck out four.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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