No. 21 Coastal comes back to knock off Gardner-Webb

ccubase-throwhiteSaturday’s game between #21 Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb was very similar to game the two teams played the previous day, including the final score as the Chanticleers claimed a 10-4 victory over the Runnin’ Bulldogs at Springs Brooks Stadium.

On Friday, the game was moved due to inclement weather and CCU was down 3-0 early then scored in six straight innings to win 16-4 with 16 hits. On Saturday, weather also changed the start time and the Chants were once again down 3-0 early before scoring in each of their final seven innings to win 10-4 on 14 hits.

Coastal Carolina, winners in 12 of its last 14, improve to 19-9 overall and 4-1 in the Big South. Gardner-Webb falls to 21-9, 2-3. The teams will conclude the series with a contest Sunday at 2 pm. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa will throw out the first pitch Sunday, which is set for approximately 1:45 pm.

After a 55 minute late start due to weather, the Runnin’ Bulldogs were not affected by the delay as they raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Taylor Fisher hit the first pitch of the game to left field for a single. Two batters later, Danny Sullivan drew a walk. Collin Thacker and Patrick Graham had back-to-back RBI singles and Eric Jones delivered an RBI ground out for the early lead.

Gardner-Web built on its lead in the second. Mason Fox drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Best.

Coastal got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Tyler Chadwick (2-for-3) drove a pitch over the left center field wall for his fifth home run of the season.

The Chanticleers manufactured a pair of runs in the third and added a third to tie the game, 4-4. Seth Lancaster (2-for-4) hit a leadoff double. Matt Beaird (2-for-3) laid down a sacrifice bunt but a throwing error on the play allowed Lancaster to score and put Beaird on second. Beaird later scored after a pair of wild pitches. Michael Paez singled to left and took second on a balk. Zach Remillard (3-for-5) then lined a double off the left center field wall to bring home Paez and knot the game.

Coastal took the lead, 5-4, with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Chadwick drew a leadoff walk and, two batters later, Beaird singled. Anthony Marks found a hole on the left side of the infield to score Chadwick.

The Chants took a 6-4 lead in the fifth. Remillard singled, stole second and scored on a two-out, two-strike RBI double to the right field corner by Chadwick.

Gardner-Webb threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Coastal turned to freshman left hander Austin Kitchen, induced an inning-ending double play.

Coastal rode the momentum in the home half of the sixth as Lancaster, the leadoff hitter, became the second Chanticleer to clear the 20-foot batter’s eye center field for his second home run of the season.

As it did in game one Friday, Coastal scored in six straight innings with a tally in the seventh. G.K. Young (2-for-5) doubled to left field and took third on an infield single by Connor Owings. Young later scored on a wild pitch for an 8-4 advantage.

The Chants reached double digits and provided the 10-4 final score with two runs in the eighth. Beaird had a leadoff single and moved to second on a walk to Marks. After a wild pitch, Young beat the GWU shift with a sharp single back up the middle, scoring both Beaird and Marks.

Mike Morrison closed out the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Bobby Holmes (3-1) got the win. The sophomore pitched 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, four runs and four walks. Kitchen worked 2.2 innings and only allowed one base runner on a walk.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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