Coastal hits for home run cycle in Sun Belt opener

The No. 16 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers had four different players combine to hit for the home run cycle – a solo home run, two-run, three-run and a grand slam – while right-handed pitcher Zach McCambley threw six strong innings in a 13-3 blowout win over the ULM Warhawks in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams on Friday night at Warhawk Field in Monroe, La.

Junior second baseman Cory Wood led off the home run barrage with a three-run home run in the fourth. Designated hitter Jared Johnson hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning, while two innings later right fielder Jake Wright blasted a grand slam for his first home run as a Chant. First baseman Zach Biermann completed the home run cycle with a solo home run over the batter’s eye in straight-away center field.

Johnson (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Wright (2-for-5, GS, 2B, 5 RBIs, run), Wood (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs, run) and Scott McKeon (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, run) all had multiple RBIs in the win. The three runs by Johnson and the five RBIs from Wright are both career highs.

While the offense was using the long ball to score runs, McCambley (3-0) was dealing to earn his third win of the season and record his second quality start on the year. The sophomore righty allowed just three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, one walk and a career-high seven strikeouts over 6.0-complete innings on the mound. The bullpen was solid as well, as Anthony Veneziano (1.0 IP, K), Davie Inman (1.0 IP) and Bobby Holmes (1.0 IP, 2 BB, K) did not allow a hit over the final three innings of the contest.

Coastal (14-4-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) and ULM (7-10, 0-1 Sun Belt) will play game two of the three-game conference series Saturday at 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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