Coastal’s hot bats salvage series split with Seahawks

No. 10 Coastal Carolina’s Kieton Rivers hit two home runs and drove in five RBIs while starting pitcher Anthony Veneziano matched his career-high nine strikeouts over 7.0-complete innings to lead the Chanticleers to a 9-2 home win over the UNCW Seahawks on Wednesday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.

With the win, the Chants picked up the three-game regular-season series win two games to one over UNCW and snapped a two-game losing streak in the process.

The win is also career victory number 1,199 for head coach Gary Gilmore.

Rivers (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 runs) provided the offense on the night driving in five of the Chants’ nine runs in the game on two home runs, the first multi-home run game of his career, while the five RBIs tied his career-high.

Catcher Kyle Skeels (1-for-2, HBP, RBI) drove in one RBI, while first baseman Zach Biermann (1-for-2, HBP, BB, 3 runs) scored three runs in the win. Three other runs were scored on a wild pitch and a UNCW fielding error.

Veneziano (3-0) was dominant on the mound, as the tall lefty matched his career-high with nine strikeouts in 7.0-complete innings. He picked up his first quality start of the season, as he gave up just two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and one walk.

Combined with Davie Inman (1.1 IP, 2 K) and Kiernan Higgins (0.2 IP), who made his Chant debut, the pitching staff struck out 11 UNCW hitters, the 13th time this season that the CCU arms have posted double-digit strikeouts for the game.

UNCW had just three hits on the night, highlighted by Kep Brown’s (1-for-3, HR, RBI) solo home run in the fifth.

Coastal (19-6-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) will play host to the West Division-leader Arkansas State Red Wolves (17-8, 5-1 Sun Belt) this weekend in Sun Belt Conference play.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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