Chants hammer Seahawks to stay perfect on season

No. 19 Coastal Carolina flew out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning to defeat the UNCW Seahawks 10-5 in midweek action at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C.

With the win, the Chanticleers open up the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and will head into the Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament this weekend on a four-game winning streak.

The road victory also marks the third-straight season in which the Chants have won their road opener having defeated College of Charleston 13-0 on the road last season and winning at UNCW 4-1 back in 2017.

Making his first start since Feb. 25, 2018, versus VCU, redshirt junior Scott Kobos (1-0) picked up the win allowing just one hit and striking out four over 2.0-scoreless innings.

Freshman Alaska Abney (2) picked up a 3.0-inning save, striking out four, walking two and allowing just one hit over the final three innings of the contest.

Offensively, the Chants were led by redshirt junior Cameron Pearcey (3-for-4, HR, HBP, RBI, 2 runs), senior Kieton Rivers (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), junior Scott McKeon (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, run) and senior Mike Koenig (1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBIs).

UNCW’s Doug Angeli (4-for-5, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) and Cole Weiss (3-for-5) combined for seven of the Seahawks’ hits on the night.

The Seahawks added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth with the help of a Chants throwing error and two base-on-balls to trim the Coastal lead to two at 6-4, before a solo home run from Angeli in the bottom of the sixth put the Seahawks down just one at 6-5 with three innings to go in the contest.

The Chanticleers took advantage of three walks, two wild pitches and a two-out, two-run double to right field from McKeon to score three runs in the top of the seventh and push its lead back out to four at 9-5.

A solo home run to deep left-center field off the bat of Pearcey in the eighth added a little insurance for the Chants, doubling up the Seahawks at 10-5.

Both teams walked eight batters each. Both squads also left eight runners on base for the game.

Coastal (4-0) returns home to host Michigan State in a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 22 at noon on day one of the Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach. CCU will also play Kent State on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. and nationally-ranked NC State on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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