Trojans turn tables on Chants in series opener

Coastal Carolina got a two-out, two run double in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game, 2-2, but Troy responded with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-2 decision in the series opener Friday night at Riddle-Pace Field.

The 17th-ranked Chanticleers (24-12 overall, 10-3 Sun Belt) and Trojans (23-10, 8-5) will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 pm (CT)/2 pm (ET) as there is inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday.

Both teams had numerous chances throughout the game to break the game open as Troy left 13 runners on base and Coastal stranded 11.

In the decisive eighth inning, Coastal tied the game at 2-2. Parker Chavers drew a two-out walk and Keaton Weisz followed with a bloop single to shallow centerfield to put runners on the corners. Matt Beaird lined a 1-2 pitch down the right field line to score both Chavers and Weisz.

However, Troy responded with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to go up 4-2. Pinch hitter Jackson Cofer walked to start the home half and, after a sacrifice bunt, Matt Sanders had an infield single. On a strikeout, Sanders stole second. Joey Denison then singled through the left side of the infield to score both runners.

– Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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