Feb. 18, 2011
CONWAY - Senior Hayes Orton crushed an 0-1 fastball over the right-field wall for a three-run, walk-off home run to give 18th-ranked Coastal Carolina a 9-6 win over Boston College in the team's 2011 season openers at Chanticleer's Caravelle Resort Tournament before a crowd of 1,373 -- a record for a regular-season game at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
In the first game of the event, Virginia Tech defeated Indiana, 4-2. On Saturday, Tennessee Tech and Virginia Tech will play at 11 am, followed by Coastal Carolina and Tennessee Tech at 3 pm. Prior to the CCU game, the athletics department will honor the record-setting 2010 Chanticleer baseball team, presenting them their Big South and NCAA Regional Championship rings.
As for Friday night, Orton's heroics were set-up when Taylor Motter drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Rich Witten, who like Orton had two hits and three RBI in the win, delivered a game-tying RBI single to center. A wild pitch moved Witten to second, forcing BC to intentionally walk Daniel Bowman and set the stage for Orton's second career home run as a Chanticleer.
Junior college transfer Jordon Coons (1-0) picked up the win for the Chants. The right-hander pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and facing just seven batters.
Coastal jumped out to an early lead. Scott Woodward drew a leadoff walk and stole second. With two outs, BC starter Mike Dennhardt looked to get out of the inning after getting Witten to hit an infield fly, but shortstop Brad Zapenas and first basemen Mike Sudol came together to let the ball drop. Woodward hustled home from second on the play to make the score 1-0.
Boston College scored two in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Marc Perdios and Andrew Lawrence drew back-to-back walks to start the frame. After a wild pitch, Perdios scored on an RBI ground out by Tom Bourdon. Two batters later, Zepenas delivered an RBI double to left-center field.
The Chants got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore third baseman Josh Conway hit a leadoff home run over the left field wall. Coastal then got back-to-back infield singles by Woodward and Motter before Tommy La Stella walked to load the bases. Witten singled to right, driving in two and putting the Chants up 4-2.
Coastal pushed its advantage to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff home run by junior catcher Tucker Frawley.
The Eagles answered back in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of four walks and two hits to score four times and take a 6-5 lead. Keith Hessler got two outs before loading the bases and giving way to Ryan Connolly. Connolly surrendered back-to-back walks and Garrett Smith followed with a two-run single to center.
Anthony Meo did not factor in the decision, leaving the game with a 5-2 after pitching six complete. The All-American allowed three hits and two runs and overcame four walks with nine strikeouts. For Boston College, Kyle Prohovich pitched well in relief and was in line for the win, giving up four hits and one runs with three strikeouts.