CCU beats UNC-Wilmington

From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, S.C. – The 13th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (24-5) hit the 20-run plateau for the second time in three games in a 20-1 win over UNC Wilmington (15-13) April 6 in Conway, S.C.

The game was scoreless for two innings, but the Chants exploded for five runs in the third.  Sophomore Steve Davis singled up the middle to open the frame.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior Rico Noel.  Junior Scott Woodward was then hit by a pitch and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position.  Senior Jose Iglesias brought both runs in with a single to the gap in left field.  Redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella then singled to second base and senior Adam Rice followed with a double to left, scoring Iglesias.  Sophomore Daniel Bowman brought in the final two runs of the inning with a single up the middle.

Coastal kept on scoring in the fourth, bringing in four runs.  Noel was hit by a pitch to open the frame.  Woodward then sacrificed Noel over, but reached on a throwing error by Cody Stanley, scoring a run.  Iglesias brought in Woodward with a single through the right side.  La Stella singled to right to put two runners on base and each advanced a base on a Rice sacrifice bunt.  A fielder's choice got Iglesias at home for the second out of the inning.  Then with runners on the corners, Bowman took off for second, but the throw from UNCW pitcher Tyler DeLoach was wild, bringing home La Stella and Bowman all the way from first.

UNC Wilmington scored a run in the fifth as Michael Bass scored on a throwing error from Coastal starter Keith Hessler, but the Chants put the game away with six runs in the sixth.  The Chants hit three home runs in the inning as redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore hit a three-run opposite-field home run to make it 12-1 Coastal.  Sophomore Taylor Motter followed with a solo home run and freshman Josh Conway hit his first home run as a Chanticleer, a two run blast to left center.

Coastal ended the scoring in the seventh, scoring five runs in the inning.  Redshirt-junior Keith Hardwick singled and moved to second as redshirt-sophomore Rich Witten walked.  Coastal would load the bases on a single from junior Hayes Orton.  UNC Wilmington pitching then walked redshirt-sophomore Josh Keener and Motter to make it 17-1.  Davis reached on a fielding error that scored Orton.  Junior Luke Schlechte was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Keener.  The final run came across on a sacrifice fly from Conway, bringing home Motter.

Hessler was strong in his second start of the season, earning his first win of 2010.  He went five innings and allowed just four hits and an unearned run with three strikeouts.  The Chant bullpen of junior Matt Rein, freshman Ryan Connolly, junior Matt Laney and redshirt-senior Austin Fleet did not give up a hit in four innings of relief.

Iglesias and La Stella had three hits apiece for Coastal, while Iglesias was joined by Gilmore and Conway with three runs-batted-in.  For UNCW, four Seahawks had a hit apiece.

Daniel Cropper was tagged with the loss for the Seahawks.  He gave up five runs and nine hits in 2.2 innings pitched.

Coastal scored 20 runs after plating 25 runs in a win over Presbyterian April 3.  The Chants had 18 hits in both wins.

Coastal Carolina will continue its eight-game homestand Friday, April 9 as it hosts High Point.  First pitch is at 6 p.m., at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.