May’s big day gives Chants rubber match against G-W

Jacob May was a triple shy of the hitting for the cycle and accounted for three of Coastal Carolina’s four runs in a 4-3 victory over Gardner-Webb Sunday afternoon at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Chanticleers win the weekend series and improve to 13-11 overall, 2-1 in the Big South as the Runnin’ Bulldogs drop to 13-10-1, 2-4.

In addition to May going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Nick Oberg was 2-for-2 and scored twice while Will Remillard was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. CCU starter Tyler Herb bounced back to earn the win and improve to 3-1. The junior allowed six hits and two runs over 5.2 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

Coastal Carolina claimed an early 1-0 lead on May’s inside-the-park home run. May’s ball was deep to left-center field, two steps shy of the wall, and just off the glove of a sprinting Scott Coleman. May’s second home run of the season also marks the Chanticleers’ first inside-the-park round tripper since Rico Noel accomplished the feat on April 2, 2010 versus Presbyterian.

Gardner-Webb tied the game in the top of the second. Brad Collins hit a leadoff double, took third on a ground out and scored on Nick Triplett’s single deep in the hole at shortstop.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs staked a 2-1 lead in the third. Tyler Best drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a ground out. Adam Tiller lined an RBI single to right field, just over the drawn-in infield.

Coastal regained the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring twice for a 3-2 lead. Oberg walked and moved to second on a Luke Willis sacrifice bunt. May dropped a single to right-center and an error on the play allowed Oberg to score and May to take second. After May stole third, he scored when Colin Hering reached on an error.

The Chants used a similar formula to add to their lead in the fifth. Oberg singled to start the home half, moved to second on a Willis sac bunt and scored on May’s RBI double to left for a 4-2 advantage.

Gardner-Webb trimmed its deficit to one, 4-3, in the top of the seventh. After two strikeouts, Coleman reached on an error, John Harris singled and Henry Rundio loaded the bases when he reached on an error. Brad Collins lined an RBI single to left, driving in Coleman. On the play, Harris tried to score from second, but Alex Buccilli threw him out at home.

In the ninth, JJ Zazzaro hit a leadoff double and, after two strikeouts, Gardner-Webb loaded the bases when Taylor Fisher was hit by a pitch and Rundio walked. However, CCU closer Ryan Connolly earned his third save of the week and sixth of the season by getting a ground out to end the game.

Erik Heiligenstadt (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season. He surrendered six hits and four tuns (three earned) with a walk and a strikeout in his five innings of work.

Coastal Carolina will return to action next weekend with a three-game series at VMI, playing a single game Friday and a doubleheader Sunday.

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