Chants split with Wolves; Gilmore gets 1,200th win

Coastal Carolina baseball head coach Gary Gilmore recorded his 1,200th career win as a collegiate baseball head coach on Saturday, as the No. 10 Chanticleers split a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader with the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Springs Brooks Stadium. Coastal took game one 6-0, while the Red Wolves won game two 7-3.

With the split, the Red Wolves took the three-game series 2-1 over the Chanticleers.

Game 1: No. 10 Coastal Carolina 6, Arkansas State 0

The Chants rode the left arm of starting pitcher Austin Kitchen (5-0), as the redshirt junior allowed just four hits and struck out a career-high nine batters in 7.0-scoreless innings to pick up his team-leading fifth win of the season.

It was the Chants’ second shutout of the year with both shutout wins coming in the first game of a doubleheader, as CCU blanked Michigan State 13-0 in the first game of a twin bill back on Feb. 22.

On top of Kitchen’s nine strikeouts, fellow lefty Jay Causey (2.0 IP, 1 hit, 2 BB, K) struck out one in 2.0-scoreless innings to help post the shutout win.

Catcher Kyle Skeels (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, run) led the way offensively with two base hits, including a solo home run, while Zach Biermann (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Cory Wood (1-for-2, BB, 2 RBIs) drove in two RBIs apiece.

A-State starter Chandler Coates (3-2) surrendered six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits, four walks and four strikeouts over 8.0-complete innings in the loss.

The Red Wolves’ offense had just five hits on the game from five different players including a double from both Andrew Leggo (1-for-1, 2B) and Tyler Duncan (1-for-3, 2B).

Game 2: Arkansas State 7, No. 10 Coastal Carolina 3

After not scoring a run in the first game, the Red Wolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in game two to lead from start to finish in a 7-3 conference road win.

Coastal registered eight hits in the nightcap yet stranded 10 runners on base and had two inning-ending double-plays erase their scoring chances in the loss.

Biermann (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) drove in two RBIs on two base hits. Skeels (1-for-2, HR, BB, RBI, run) added a solo home run while five other players had one hit apiece.

Coastal (20-8-1, 6-3 Sun Belt) will hit the road for a nine-game road trip starting on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, at Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The Chants defeated then-No. 25 Illinois 11-3 at home on March 1 at the CCU Baseball Tournament.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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