CCU holds on to beat College of Charleston

CCU holds on to beat College of Charleston

Story Courtesy of Coastal Carolina Athletics

MOUNT PLEASANT – Coastal Carolina scored seven runs in the third inning and held on for an 8-5 victory versus region rival College of Charleston Wednesday night at Patriots Point.

The 29th-ranked Chanticleers improve to 23-13-1 overall and, with four straight wins over the Cougars (17-20), takes a 22-21 lead in the all-time series and win for just the sixth time in 20 tries at Charleston.

Coastal's 1-2-3 hitters in the lineup (Billy Cooke, Wood Myers and Jordan Gore) each had two hits with Wood Myers getting a double and two-run home run. Seth Lancaster added two hits as well. Eight Chants had at least one hit, while nine of CCU's 13 hits came in the third inning.

The game started an hour late due to rain threat, but the wait did not affect the Chants. Myers hit a fly ball to deep centerfield, which looked like CofC's Bradley Dixon made a leaping catch. However, the ball came out and was lost in the fence padding to serve as a ground rule double. Gore followed with a double to left-center field to score Myers for the early 1-0 lead.

Myers came through again in his second at bat. Cooke hit a leadoff single to start to third inning and Myers followed with a blast to right-center field for his fifth home run of the season and 3-0 lead. Coastal kept the pedal down getting hits from Gore and Kevin Woodall Jr., before Peyton Isaacson laid down a sacrifice bunt. However, a throwing error on the play allowed Gore to score while putting Woodall and Isaacson on third and second, respectively. CCU then got consecutive hits from Cory Wood, Kieton Rivers, Lancaster and Matt Beaird to make the score 8-0. Overall, Coastal sent 13 men to the plate and had nine hits en route to its seven runs in the frame.

The Cougars responded with three runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, Ari Sechopoulos and Luke Morgan walked before Dupree Hart reached on a fielder's choice, putting runners on first and third. A third walk loaded the bases before Sechopoulos scored on a passed ball.  With two outs, Logan McRae collected the Cougars' first hit, a two-run double down the left field line.

Charleston trimmed its deficit to three, 8-5, with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch hitter Joey Mundy walked and moved to second on a single by Luke Morgan. Dupree Hat followed with an RBI single while Tommy Richter delivered a sacrifice fly.

Anthony Veneziano started and struck out four over 3.0 innings. He only allowed one hit, but gave up three runs (two earned) and three walks. Will Latcham (1-0) picked up the win as he stuck out three and retired all five batters he faced in 1.2 scoreless innings. Andrew Beckwith worked the ninth and struck out two to record his first save of the season.

Coastal Carolina will return to action this weekend, hosting Georgia Southern in a key Sun Belt matchup. Game times at 6 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday.