CCU baseball wins 7th straight

From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, S.C. – The 13th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (26-5, 7-0 Big South) won its seventh straight game and its 26th straight Big South home game with a 14-4 win over High Point (17-15, 4-7 Big South) April 10 in Conway, S.C.  Coastal used two big innings and took advantage of five High Point errors in the win.

Coastal scored a run in the first as bunts from junior Rico Noel and sophomore Steve Davis put a runner on second.  Noel stole third and scored on a single from senior Jose Iglesias.  High Point tied the game in the second as Max Fulginiti singled with one out, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single from Sal Pezzino.

Coastal had its first big inning in the bottom of the second, plating five runs.  Sophomore Daniel Bowman doubled to lead off the inning.  He went to third on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore and scored on an error by Mike Mercurio off the bat of Noel.  Davis scored a pair of runs on a single and Iglesias brought in two more on a single down the left field line.

High Point would score the next three runs as Matt Gantner scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Murray White IV and Nate Roberts came home on a throwing error in the fifth.  Coastal would score a run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by sophomore Daniel Bowman.

The Chant bats exploded for seven runs in the sixth.  Sophomore Taylor Motter doubled to open the inning.  He would score on a two-base error by Kyle Mahoney.  Junior Scott Woodward singled to right, stole second and scored on a triple from Davis.  Iglesias then brought in Davis with a single.  Redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella then reached on a fielder's choice while Iglesias was safe at second on a Pezzino throwing error.  Senior Adam Rice brought in a pair on a double down the left field line.  Bowman ended the scoring with a two-run home run, his sixth of the season.

Sophomore Anthony Meo earned his sixth win of the season, striking out four and allowing seven hits and two earned runs in six innings.  High Point's Al Yevoli was tagged with the loss, allowing five earned runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work.

Iglesias was 3-for-5 with four runs-batted-in, while Davis and Bowman drove in three runs apiece and both scored a pair in the win.  For High Point, Roberts and Mercurio had two hits apiece.

Coastal Carolina and High Point conclude its three-game series Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m., at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.