Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekend

Coastal Carolina baseball’s 11-2 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels was a total team effort, as the No. 21 ranked Chanticleers had 10 different players record a hit and saw a number of milestones in the contest highlighted by the return to the mound of both redshirt senior Bobby Holmes and redshirt junior Austin Kitchen in Sunday’s win on the final day of the Brittain Resorts Invitational at Springs Brooks Stadium.

After missing all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Holmes made the walk from the bullpen in left field to the mound in the top of the eighth to a roaring ovation from the fans in attendance.
Holmes threw a scoreless inning, striking out one batter and then forcing a 5-4-3 double play to end the eighth in his return.

Holmes came into the game in relief of Kitchen (1-0) who picked up the win. The lefty, who missed all of last season due to an injury as well, allowed two unearned runs on five hits, one walk and two strikeouts over 3.0 innings of work.

Getting his first career start, freshman pitcher Garrett McDaniels did not disappoint as he threw 4.0-scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, walking three and striking out three hitters.

Offensively, senior Mike Koenig (1-for-2, HR, RBI) blasted his first career home run as a Chant in the third inning, while newcomers Morgan Hyde (1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, 2 runs) and Jared Johnson (1-for-1) each picked up their first career base hits as a Chant in the win.

Catcher Kyle Skeels (2-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 3 RBIs, run) led the way at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, while senior Zach Biermann (2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBIs, run) also had two base hits and drove in two runs for the game. Cory Wood (1-for-2, 3 BB, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, 2 SB) and Parker Chavers (1-for-1, 2B, 2 BB, HBP, 2 RBIs) each had a pair of RBIs in the win.

Both teams turned three double plays on the night and stranded 10 runners apiece on base.

Coastal (3-0) will hit the road for the first time this season for a midweek tilt at UNC Wilmington (3-1) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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