CCU baseball sweeps Gardner-Webb

From Coastal Carolina University

FOREST CITY, N.C. – Six Chanticleer pitchers combined to allow just four hits as the ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (32-5, 11-0 Big South) completed a three-game sweep with a 13-0 win over Gardner-Webb (16-19, 5-7 Big South) April 18 in Forest City, N.C.  Coastal has now won 13 games in a row and leads the nation with 32 wins.

For the third straight day, Coastal Carolina jumped out on top in the first inning.  Junior Rico Noel walked, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior Scott Woodward.  Gardner-Webb starter Emilio Pagan walked senior Jose Iglesias and redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella brought Noel home on an infield single.  Sophomore Daniel Bowman reached on a Kurt Fulginiti error to load the bases and sophomore Steve Davis brought home a pair with a single to left.  Redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore followed with a single to center to make it 4-0 Chants.

Coastal sent 10 men to the plate in the second to take an 8-0 lead.  Noel started the inning with a single, but was caught stealing for the first out.  Woodward followed with a walk and stolen base.  He then scored on a single up the middle by Iglesias.  La Stella and Rice then hit back-to-back home runs to give the Chants an eight-run lead.

In the top of the sixth, the Chants plated a pair of runs as La Stella, Rice and Bowman hit back-to-back-to-back doubles, making it 10-0 Coastal.  Coastal added two runs in the eighth as Woodward tripled in junior Luke Schlechte and redshirt-sophomore Josh Keener.  Sophomore Taylor Motter drove in the final run of the game as his ninth-inning infield single brought in La Stella.

La Stella went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and three runs-batted-in to lead the Chants.  Woodward went 1-for-1 with two RBI, four walks and three stolen bases.  Rice and Bowman added two hits apiece.

Redshirt-junior Jim Birmingham earned the win in three innings of work for Coastal.  He struck out a batter and allowed just one hit.  Redshirt-senior Austin Fleet struck out three in two innings of work.  Gardner-Webb was shutout for the first time in 90 games.

Pagan was tagged with the loss for Gardner-Webb.  He allowed five earned runs and eight hits in 1.1 innings of work.

Coastal Carolina will continue its road trip Wednesday, April 21 at UNC Wilmington.  Game time is at 6 p.m, in Brooks Field.