Coastal’s bats continue to sizzle at Sun Belt tourney

Zach Biermann drove in five while Seth Lancaster and Kevin Woodall hit back-to-back home runs – each hitting their 18th of the season – to lead top seed and 15th-ranked Coastal Carolina to a 16-4 victory over fourth-seed South Alabama Thursday night in the quarterfinal of the Sun Belt Tournament, held at Louisiana’s Russo Field.

Coastal’s Parker Chavers (4-for-5) added a grand slam in the top of the ninth, the Chanticleers’ sixth grand slam this season, to give the CCU the 12-run lead. Kieton Rivers added for RBI

The Chanticleers (40-17) have hit three home runs in both games and have scored 28 runs in the two games. CCU earns a bye Friday (May 25) into the semifinals and will return to action Saturday (May 26) at 9 am (CT)/ 10 am (ET). South Alabama (31-24) will face Georgia Southern in an elimination game Friday.

Coastal put the game away in the ninth, scoring five runs to provide the 16-4 final. Coastal loaded the bases on a Lancaster walk, Woodall single and Biermann walk. Rivers forced in Biermann with a walk of his own. Two batters later and with two outs, Chavers crushed the first pitch he saw over the right-center field wall for his first career grand slam.

Jason Bilous started but did not factor in the decision despite recording eight strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Matt Eardensohn (7-0) worked 4.1 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts to get the win.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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