CCU baseball completes sweep

From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, S.C. – The 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (23-5, 5-0 Big South) completed a three-game sweep of Presbyterian (7-20, 1-5 Big South) by winning both ends of a doubleheader April 3 in Conway, S.C.  The Chants won the first game 25-2 before taking the nightcap 5-2.

Coastal had multiple runs in five innings and had most of its starters out by the fifth inning in the game one win.  Redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella led the offensive punch, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs-batted-in and four runs scored.  Coastal had six home runs in the game as sophomore Steve Davis, redshirt-sophomore Tucker Frawley, senior Adam Rice and junior Hayes Orton all went deep in the win over the Blue Hose.

Davis drove in five runs, which included a grand slam in the eight-run eighth.  Orton drove in four runs and was 3-for-3 with four RBI.  This was the second time this season that Coastal has scored 20 or more runs.  The Chants plated 29 runs in the 29-13 win over Charleston Southern March 20.

Sophomore Anthony Meo improved to 5-1 on the mound. He struck out seven in five innings of work, allowing just three hits on just 60 pitches.  Sophomore Brad Goldberg allowed an unearned run in two innings of work and collected his first collegiate hit in the win.  Freshman Mike Hughes pitched the final two innings and struck out four in the eighth after Tony Micklon reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout.

Gabe Grammer had three hits for the Blue Hose.  Steven Richardson was tagged with the loss, allowing eight earned runs in 3.2 innings of work.

Coastal opened game two with a run in the bottom of the second as sophomore Daniel Bowman hit a towering home run to left center, his fourth of the season.

The Chants added three runs in the fourth.  Junior Scott Woodward singled to left to open the inning.  He stole second and scored on a single by senior Jose Iglesias.  LaStella would then hit his third home run of the day, an opposite field shot to left, making it 4-0 Chants.  Presbyterian answered with a run in the fifth as Aaron Preston's double scored Carl Della Torre.  Coastal got that run back as junior Rico Noel doubled to left to score sophomore Taylor Motter.

The score would remain 5-1 until the top of the ninth.  Nate Horton and Micklon opened the inning with singles.  After freshman Ryan Connolly got the next two PC hitters out, Della Torre singled to score pinch runner Jeff Tatum to make it 5-2.  The Chants brought in junior Matt Laney and he struck out Jesse Harmon to pick up his first save of the season.

Redshirt-junior Jim Birmingham had an excellent outing, striking out a career high eight in seven innings of work.  He allowed just four hits and an earned run with no walks.  He was part of the pitching staff that struck out 33 batters on the weekend.  Joe Hammond took the loss.  He also went seven innings, allowing four earned runs with four strikeouts and a walk.

Woodward and La Stella had two hits apiece for Coastal, while Della Torre and Grammer had two hits apiece for PC.

Coastal has now won 24 straight Big South home games dating back to the 2008 season.

Coastal Carolina hosts UNC Wilmington Tuesday, April 6 at 6 p.m.  Presbyterian hosts USC Upstate Wednesday, April 7 at 3 p.m.