Atlanta, Ga. – Coastal Carolina baseball scored a season-high 27 runs, highlighted by a season-high nine runs in the top of the seventh, on a season-high 21 base hits in a 27-2 series-opening win at Georgia State on Friday night at the GSU Baseball Complex in Atlanta, Ga.
The 27 runs are the most scored for the Chanticleers in a single game since posting 29 runs in a 29-13 road win at Charleston Southern on March 20, 2010. It is the first time that CCU has tallied 20 runs or more since a 26-14 win at Arkansas State on March 17 of last year.
The 25-run margin of victory is the largest for Coastal since a 36-3 win versus Stony Brook on March 6, 2009.
With their season-high four “big innings” for the game, the Chants move to 15-2-1 overall when posting four runs or more in a frame on the season. CCU now has 24 “big innings” this season.
Coastal also improved to 21-8 on the year when hitting at least one home run for the contest and 14-4 when recording two or more home runs in the game.
The Chants totaled two home runs, including a grand slam from Zach Biermann (2-for-5, GS, 2 BB, 5 RBIs, 3 runs), two triples and five doubles in the win.
A total of 13 different Chants recorded a hit in the win led by Scott McKeon’s (4-for-6, 2 2B, BB, 7 RBIs, 2 runs) career-night with four base hits and seven RBIs, a season-high for the Chants this season.
On top of the season-high 21 hits, the Chants also walked 14 times, matching a season-high.
The CCU pitching staff struck out 13 batters, the 20th time this season that the Chants have registered double-digit strikeouts in a game, compared to just five base-on-balls.
Junior pitcher Anthony Veneziano was effective, holding Georgia State to just two runs, on four hits, three walks and six strikeouts over 4.0-complete innings, while the win went to Georgia native Alaska Abney (2-3) who struck out four over 2.0-scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Fellow Chants Scott Kobos (2.0 IP, 1 hit, K) and Kiernan Higgins (1.0 IP, BB, 2 K) combined to pitch the last three innings, keeping Georgia State at two runs in just five hits in the win.
The Chants posted their first “big inning” of the game in the top of the first, as Coastal took advantage of five walks and a defensive error to take a 2-0 lead on back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Parker Chavers and Kyle Skeels.
After a bases-loaded RBI ground out by Biermann put the visitors up 3-0, McKeon doubled down the left field line to plate Chavers and Skeels to push the Chants’ lead to 5-0 midway through the first inning.
Georgia State cut into the Coastal lead in the bottom of the second on a lead-off infield single from Rhett Harper and a two-out, two-run home run from Daino Deas to put the score at 5-2 after just two innings of play.
Following a 1-2-3 inning in the third, the Chant bats exploded in the top of the fourth with a six-spot to run out to an 11-2 lead.
The six-run inning started with back-to-back one-out walks to Mike Koenig and Cory Wood before Cameron Pearcey hit a three-run home run to right center field, his third of the season, to put the Chants up 8-0.
Designated hitter Jake Wright followed with an infield double, as a towering pop up fell in-between the two GSU middle infielders for a base hit. The Sun Belt RBI leader Kieton Rivers then singled to left field to score Wright and then add to the CCU lead.
Four batters later, after an infield single from Chavers, a hit-by-pitch on Skeels and a pop up to third base, McKeon came through again with a clutch single up the middle to score two more runs and extend the CCU lead to nine at 11-2.
The Panthers looked to get back into the game in the bottom of the fourth, as the home team loaded the bases on a walk, a two-out single and a two-out walk only to see all three runners stranded on base on a diving catch in left field by Pearcey that ended the inning.
CCU added to its lead with another big inning in the top of the sixth, plating five runs on a two-run single from McKeon, a two-run double off the bat of Koenig and a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Jared Johnson to put the score at 16-2 midway through the sixth.
The hot bats blew up in the next inning, as the visiting Chants recorded a season-best nine runs in the inning, as five different players drove in at least one RBI in the frame.
Biermann started the scoring with a grand slam to left field to give the Chants a 20-2 lead. Four batters later, Johnson lined an RBI double to left center field followed by the first career triple from freshman Nick Lucky which plated two more Chant runs.
After a fly out to left field, B.T. Riopelle dropped in an RBI single into right center field to score Lucky and give the Chants a commanding 25-2 lead heading into the seventh-inning stretch.
CCU capped its scoring with two runs in the ninth on an RBI double from McKeon and an infield RBI single from pitcher Davie Inman, his first career hit, to put the final score at 27-2.