Cunningham handcuffs PC with a complete game gem

ccubase-cunninghamRedshirt junior Alex Cunningham pitched his first career complete game and struck out a season-high 10 to lead #19 Coastal Carolina to a 5-2 victory over Presbyterian College at Springs Brooks Stadium in the first game of the three-game weekend series.

The Chanticleers (25-10, 9-1 Big South) have won four straight and 12 of their last 13 while posting a 20-5 record since dropping three straight in early March. The Blue Hose fall to 18-15, 5-5. The teams will play game two of the series on Saturday with first pitch set for 2 pm.

The last time a CCU pitcher threw a complete game is when Austin Kerr accomplished the feat nearly two years ago to the day (April 18, 2014), also versus Presbyterian. (Kerr actually threw back-to-back complete game shutouts as he blanked Gardner-Webb the previous week as well.)

Cunningham (6-1) has won six straight and Coastal has won each of the last seven times he has toed the rubber. Against PC, he scattered nine hits and was bidding for a shutout before allowing a leadoff home run in the ninth and later seeing a second run (unearned) cross after a CCU error to provide the 5-2 final.

Cunningham did not allow a walk, nor did any of the three Presbyterian pitchers. Over his last two appearances, Cunningham has pitched 17.0 innings, allowed three runs (just one earned) and has not walked a batter while posting 15 strikeouts.

PC starter Brian Kehner (4-3) suffered the loss. He allowed six hits – two being home runs – and five runs with no walks and four strikeouts. Nick Wise and Trey Hayes each pitched an inning and did not allow a run or a walk.

Photo courtesy of Big South

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