Chants stay alive as Herb’s two-hitter smokes Jaspers

Coastal Carolina bounced back from one of its poorest showings of the year to keep its season alive Saturday.

One day after suffering an 11-3 defeat to Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Columbia Regional, the Chanticleers stayed alive in Saturday’s elimination game with a 11-1 victory over Manhattan.

The Chants broke open a tied ballgame at 1-1 with 10 runs over the final three frames, including a three-run home run by Jacob May that put the game away. May went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Chants’ bats.

Perhaps more importantly, the Chants got a complete game two-hitter from right-hander Tyler Herb to keep the bullpen fresh for a potential final run to win the regional. Herb struck out five and survived three walks.

Coastal will face the loser of Saturday afternoon’s matchup between South Carolina and Clemson at noon Sunday. The winner of that game must beat Saturday afternoon’s winner twice to advance to the Super-Regional.

Coastal pounded out 15 hits on the day, with Rich Witten and Daniel Bowman, Ted Blackmon and Tucker Frawley launching two apiece. Frawley and Alex Buccilli used RBI sac flies to take a 3-1 lead in the third inning.

The Chants exploded for six runs in the home half of the seventh and added two more to break the game open in the eighth. After experiencing some control problems in the middle innings, Herb got stronger down the stretch to close out the victory.

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