Coastal drops wild one to UNCW in walk-off fashion

Coastal Carolina scored one run in the top of the 13th, but UNC Wilmington catcher Ryan Jeffers answered with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th to lift the Seahawks to a 2-1 victory over the 16th-ranked Chanticleers Wednesday night at Brooks Field.

The 0-0 stalemate was broken in the top of the 13th. Cory Wood drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Kieton Rivers sacrifice bunt. Seth Lancaster was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. On a 2-2 pitch, Kevin Woodall Jr., checked his swing on a ball in the dirt, which allowed both Wood and Lancaster to move up third and second, respectively. On the next pitch, a 3-2 offering by UNCW closer Clark Cota, Woodall hit an RBI single past the drawn-in infield up the middle to bring home Wood. On the play, Lancaster was thrown out at home as he attempted to score from second.

In the home half of the 13th, the first two Seahawks struck out. Zack Canada kept UNCW alive with a two-out single to left field. Three pitches later, Jeffers hit his 11th home run of the season over the centerfield fence to provide the walk-off, 2-1 win.

The teams only combined for 12 hits, five by Coastal (26-13) and seven by UNCW (22-14). The win by the Seahawks, which only had two hits through nine innings, snaps a seven=game losing streak to the Chants.

Coastal Carolina will return home to host Georgia State for a three-game Sun Belt series. Game times are set for 6 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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