Chants erase 5-run deficit, cap series sweep of Albany

Trailing by going into the home half of the sixth inning, Coastal Carolina scored two in the sixth, two in the seventh and five in the eighth to claim a 12-8 decision over Albany to complete a series sweep at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.

The Chanticleers, winners of nine straight, improve to 16-6, while the Great Danes fall to 5-15.

Coastal’s trio of seniors did most of the damage to lead the offense, combining to go 9-for-15 at the plate with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored. Daniel Bowman, who had the game-winner with an RBI double in the eighth, was 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored; Rich Witten was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored; and Tucker Frawley was 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Overall, Coastal had a season-high 18 hits as each starter had at least one base hit with seven of the nine scoring once and seven driving in runs.

Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After Alex Buccilli was hit by a pitch with two out, Bowman launched a two-strike home run over the left-center field wall for this third blast of the season and 43rd of his career.

Albany answered with a two-run home run of its own to tie the game in the fourth. Pete DiResta had a leadoff single and, two batters later, Josh Nethaway hit a two-run home run to left, his first of the season.

Coastal used the long ball to regain the lead in the home half of the fourth as Frawley hit his first homer of the season, giving the Chants a 3-2 lead.

The Danes scored five in the fifth, starting the frame with Brian Bullard and Gordon Madej reaching by hit by pitch and walk, respectively. After a strikeout, Joey Tracy lined a two-run double down the third base line. With two out, Nethaway’s hit a ball to third just bounded over Chris Suseck’s head, plating Tracy. D.J. Hoogboon followed with a bloop single to right to score two and give Albany a 7-3 lead.

Albany kept the pressure on in the sixth. Bullard hit a leadoff single and scored on Nolan Gaige’s double off the center field wall. That would be all the offense the Danes would generate for the game as Patrick Corbett (2-1) came out of the CCU bullpen, with a runner on second and two out, to record the final out. He would only allow one hit and one walk in his 2.1 innings to get the win.

Coastal cut into its deficit, scoring two in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 8-5. Frawley delivered a one-out double and moved to third on Ted Blackman’s infield single. Suseck followed with a chopper up the middle, driving in Frawley. Brian Pruett made it four hits in a row with an RBI double to left-center.

In the seventh, Coastal chipped away again, scoring twice to make the score 8-7. With one out, Bowman singled and moved to third on Witten’s double Witten has now extended his streak to 19 games of reaching base safely (hit/walk/hit by pitch). Blackman, facing new pitcher Greg Lutton (0-1), reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Witten to score.

Coastal sent nine men to the plate in the eight to regain the lead. With one out, Jacob May and Justin Creel came through with singles. Buccilli then tied the game with an RBI single and Bowman followed with his RBI double to give the Chants the lead. Witten plated Buccilli and Bowman with a single to right field and later capped the scoring when Frawley singled to left-center field.

Aaron Burke worked a scoreless ninth to secure the Chants’ ninth-consecutive win.

UAlbany starter Kasceim Graham allowed 12 hits and seven runs over 6.1 innings, but left with the lead. Lutton suffered the loss, allowing three hits and three runs over an inning’s work. Offensively for the Danes, Nethaway was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Coastal Carolina, after 22 home games to start the 2012 season, will start a nine-game road swing this Wednesday facing consensus top six program North Carolina. First pitch in Chapel Hill, N.C., is set for 6 pm.

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