Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCU

Chants come out dNo. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball had a total of five players combine to drive in 10 RBIs on Friday night, as the Chanticleers overcame a pair of three-run deficits in a 10-8 season-opening win over the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams on day one of the Brittain Resorts Invitational at Springs Brooks Stadium.

With the win, Coastal has now won five-straight season openers and moves to 31-13 overall in season openers since 1974.

The CCU offense was led by senior outfielder Kieton Rivers (3-for-3, BB, 3 RBIs, run), sophomore outfielder Parker Chavers (2-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), redshirt-junior third baseman Keaton Weisz (1-for-4, 2 RBIs, run) and redshirt-junior catcher Kyle Skeels (2-for-4, 2 runs, HBP, SB). Senior first baseman Zach Biermann (1-for-5, HR, 2 RBIs, run) added a two-run home run, while junior second baseman Cory Wood (1-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI, run) had an RBI double.

Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Eardensohn (1-0) picked up the win in a relief effort, allowing just one run on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts over 3.2 innings of work out of the bullpen.

Freshman Alaska Abney (1) earned his first career save, entering the game in the bottom of the ninth with the go-ahead run at the plate and two outs. He got a come-back ground ball on just three pitches to seal the win for the Chants.

CCU’s Biermann hit a laser two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the eighth to put the Chants in front at 10-6, which proved to be vital as the Rams pushed across two more runs in the top of the ninth before a ground-ball back to the pitcher gave Coastal the 10-8 win.

Coastal (1-0) will return to action tomorrow to take on Maryland (0-1) at 3 p.m. VCU (0-1) will play Campbell (1-0) in game one at 11 a.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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