CCU baseball stays alive, beats Stony Brook

From Coastal Carolina University

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Top-seeded Coastal Carolina (53-9) had a stretch of scoring in the final seven innings of the game, including 10 in the third inning, to seize momentum from No. 4 Stony Brook (30-27) in a 25-7 elimination-game victory on Sunday, June 6, in the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional at BB&T Coastal Field. The win advances Coastal to tonight's 7 p.m. championship round game against College of Charleston.

Redshirt-freshman Jackson Geary (1-0) earned his first career win with four innings in relief of freshman starter Josh Conway. Geary allowed four runs (one earned) in his four innings of work with three hits and a walk. Conway went the first four innings with two hits and two runs allowed. Stony Brook's Adam Brown (5-6) took the loss for the Seawolves, allowing eight earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched.

Redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore led the offense for Coastal with four hits and four RBIs. All nine Chanticleers in the starting lineup were able to record two hits with seven also recording multi-RBI performances. Tanner Nivins and Maxx Tissenbaum each had two RBIs for the Seawolves.

Coastal scored first with a run in the top of the third inning. Senior Adam Rice started the rally for CCU with a one-out walk. He raced all the way around the bases on redshirt-sophomore Tucker Frawley's double to the gap in left field. The RBI was the sixth of the year for Frawley and his fourth hit and third RBI in five career at-bats against SBU.

The Chants took command of the game with its offensive outburst in the fourth, the third time this year Coastal scored 10 or more runs in an inning. Senior Jose Iglesias launched his 15th and the team's 100th home run of the season to left center field to begin the explosive inning, scoring redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella. Gilmore followed with a double and scored on sophomore Daniel Bowman's single. A stolen base and balk moved Bowman to third, where he scored on Rice's sacrifice fly. Frawley then walked and raced around the bases on junior Scott Woodward's RBI triple. It was a short journey home for Woodward as junior Rico Noel turned on Brown's offering for his 10th home run of the season to increase the margin to 8-0, prompting Brown's early exit. The change in pitchers did little to slow down the Coastal attack with LaStella drawing his second walk of the inning, moving to second on Iglesias' single up the middle and scoring on Gilmore's single to the gap. Bowman finished the scoring in the frame with a triple to plate Iglesias and Gilmore with the 10th and 11th runs of the game.

Stony Brook answered with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Junior Chad Marshall reached on a leadoff walk. Marshall moved along to second on a walk and third on a single. A walk to William Carmona forced in Marshall for the first Seawolves' run of the game. Robert Dyer scored the second run on a fielder's choice ground out from Nivins to make it 11-2.

Coastal continued to build the lead throughout the remainder of the game, including a five-run surge in the top of the eighth. Junior Luke Schlechte added his name to the box score with an RBI single in the eighth inning. LaStella followed with a double to put runners on second and third. A walk loaded the bases and set up junior Hayes Orton for a run-scoring single. Motter drove in two with a double and Rice tallied the 22nd and final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk

Opening Statement

"I want to thank Coastal Carolina for the outstanding tournament they put on, they are terrific hosts. As far as the game today, I am extremely disappointed in my team, in myself, and in my coaching staff. Our starting lineup had five hits today. Not to take away from Coastal. They are a great team, but when you can't throw the ball over the plate, and in the places it was with hitters like that, that's the results you are going to get. We know what happened to us last year it was only a couple days ago we played these guys and we were well aware of what we needed to do and we didn't do any of that."

On next year

"We have 12 freshmen. Arguably the guys that swung the bat the best for us this weekend were our freshmen. We are very young and we will miss the seniors they have done a tremendous job for us in their careers. We are very excited about the class we have coming in and as far as the baseball program is concerned when you take a step back we had a terrific year with very young players and terrific ones coming in next year, that is what happening in our University and its athletic department all around.  We are looking forward to the future based on what happened this year."