Home runs doom Chants in round 1 with Red Wolves

No. 10 Coastal Carolina was held to a season-low two runs on Friday night, as the Arkansas State Red Wolves defeated the Chanticleers 4-2 in Sun Belt cross-divisional play at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The loss is the first home Friday night loss for the Chants this season who fall to 19-7-1 overall and 5-2 in conference play. With the win, the Red Wolves move to 18-8 overall and 6-1 in the Sun Belt.

Coastal had four players with two hits apiece on the night in Cory Wood (2-for-5), Kieton Rivers (2-for-4, 2B), Parker Chavers (2-for-4, run) and Kyle Skeels (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run), yet stranded nine runners on base in the defeat.

Sophomore starter Zach McCambley (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, as he allowed four runs on two home runs, six total hits and three walks while striking out seven A-State hitters in 5.0-plus innings on the mound.

Arkansas State used the long ball to pick up the win, as Kyle MacDonald (1-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs, run) and Alex Howard (1-for-2, RBI, 2 runs) each had a home run in the win.

The Red Wolves pitching tandem of Zach Jackson (4-1) and Jack Jumper (1) picked up the win and the save. Jackson allowed just one run on eight hits, one walk and six strikeouts over 7.0-complete innings to earn the win, while Jumper allowed one run on just one hit over the final 2.0 innings to pick up the save.

The Chants struck out 10 A-State batters for the game, the 14th time this season that the pitching staff has recorded double-digits punch-outs in a game.

Coastal (19-7-1, 5-2 Sun Belt) and A-State (18-8, 6-1 Sun Belt) will return to Springs Brooks Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, March 30, for game two of the three-game series at 2 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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