Paez’s grand slam powers Chants’ win over Longwood

ccubase-kerrpitchCoastal Carolina scored in each of the first five innings, capped by a Michael Paez grand slam, as the #23/30 Chanticleers (23-7, 7-1) claimed a 12-3 victory versus Longwood (12-17, 3-9) Friday night at Springs Brooks Stadium for an ESPN3 broadcast.

Coastal Carolina will go for the series sweep Saturday. First pitch is set for 3 pm, which is a change from the original schedule.

Paez was 2-for-2 (double and home run) with a walk, sacrifice bunt, three runs scored and four RBI. It was the sophomore’s first ever grand slam and his fifth round-tripper of the year. (This was CCU’s second grand slam of the season as David Parrett hit one in a 9-5 win versus Clemson on Mar. 17.)

Anthony Marks continued to be CCU’s table-setter, going 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and three runs scored. Freshman Al Molina, who reached base in all four of his plate appearances thanks to a hit by pitch, had the best game of his young career, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Also making contributions were David Parrett (2-for-4) and Connor Owings (two RBI).

Coastal senior Austin Kerr improved to 6-0 as he scattered eight hits for two runs in his five innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

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