Courtesy: Coastal Carolina media relations
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina scored in each of the first five innings, capped by a Michael Paez grand slam, as the #23/30 Chanticleers (23-7, 7-1) claimed a 12-3 victory versus Longwood (12-17, 3-9) Friday night at Springs Brooks Stadium for an ESPN3 broadcast.
Coastal Carolina will go for the series sweep Saturday. First pitch is set for 3 pm, which is a change from the original schedule.
Paez was 2-for-2 (double and home run) with a walk, sacrifice bunt, three runs scored and four RBI. It was the sophomore's first ever grand slam and his fifth round-tripper of the year. (This was CCU's second grand slam of the season as David Parrett hit one in a 9-5 win versus Clemson on Mar. 17.)
Anthony Marks continued to be CCU's table-setter, going 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and three runs scored. Freshman Al Molina, who reached base in all four of his plate appearances thanks to a hit by pitch, had the best game of his young career, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Also making contributions were David Parrett (2-for-4) and Connor Owings (two RBI).
Coastal senior Austin Kerr improved to 6-0 as he scattered eight hits for two runs in his five innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
As it did last night, Longwood strung together three consecutive one-out hits to score a run in the top of the first. Connar Bastaich and Kyri Washington both hit singles to the hole between shortstop and third to put runners on first and third. Travis Biddix laid down a safety squeeze bunt for an infield hit and RBI, bringing home Bastaich. Coastal limited the damage as it threw out a runner attempting to steal and getting a strikeout.
Also, Coastal used the same formula from the previous night to answer with a run in the home half. Marks hit a leadoff single and Paez followed with a sacrifice bunt. An error on the play allowed Paez to reach first and Marks advanced to third. Owings grounded out to first, but Marks was able to score on the play for Owings'20th RBI of the season.
The Chants added two runs in the second. Casey Schroeder and Parrett singled. After a Tyler Chadwick sacrifice bunt, Molina chopped a single down the first base line to bring home both Schroeder and Parrett for a 3-1 lead.
Longwood cut its deficit to one, 3-2, with a run in the top of the third. Colton Konvicka delivered a one-out double, Bastaich followed with a single to right field to put runners on the corners. Washington reached on an RBI fielder's choice.
Coastal got that run back in the bottom of the third to lead 4-2. Paez drilled a double, stole third and scored on a G.K. Young sacrifice fly.
The Chants pushed their advantage to 8-2 with four runs in the fourth inning. Parrett started things by being hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Molina singled. Marks followed with an RBI single. An error on the play allowed Molina to advance to third and Marks to second. Paez walked but a wild pitch on ball four allowed Molina to score. Owings drove in Marks with a sac fly to left field. Two batters later, Paez scored on a Zach Remillard RBI single.
Coastal kept the pedal down in the fifth. Jack Curtis hit the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth to center field for a single, Molina was hit by a pitch and Marks walked to load the bases. Paez cleared the bases with a grand slam to left center field.
The Lancers tacked on a run in the eighth to provide the 12-3 final score. Longwood loaded the bases thanks to a single by Tyler Barry, walk to Garrett Paul and single by Michael Osinski. Brandon Delk followed with an RBi single to bring home Barry.
Longwood starter Brandon Vick (1-4) suffered the loss. He allowed seven hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 3.2 innings.