CCU drops Sun Belt debut; faces elimination Thursday

Coastal Carolina baseball surrendered eight runs over the last three innings to drop its first game of the 2019 Sun Belt Baseball Championship to the No. 4-seeded UT Arlington Mavericks 9-8 in 10-innings on Wednesday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The Chants, who fall to 30-24-1 on the season, are still alive in the double-elimination bracket and will play either No. 1 Texas State or No. 10 ULM on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

The Mavs improved to 32-24 with the win and remain in the winner’s bracket heading into the third day of play on Thursday.

The loss drops CCU to 3-2-1 in extra-inning contests this season.

Starting pitcher Anthony Veneziano registered his second quality start of the season, allowing just one run on five hits, a walk, a hit batter and seven strikeouts over 7.0-complete innings but did not factor in the decision.

UTA starting left-handed pitcher Drew Gooch, who also did not factor in the decision, allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits, a walk, a hit batter and five strikeouts in 7.0-plus innings on the hill.

With the score tied at 8-8 after nine innings of play, the Chants put the go-ahead run on base in the top of the 10th on a single from Jared Johnson. However, a ground out and a pop up in foul territory ended the top half of the inning with the score still knotted up at 8-8.

The Mavs led off the bottom of the 10th with a bunt single from Aaron Funk. After a sacrifice bunt moved Funk over to second, Zac Cook ripped an RBI single through the right side of the infield to score the game-winning run and give UTA the 9-8 extra-inning win.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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