Feb. 19, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. - The 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (1-0) opened the 2010 season with a 4-2 win over West Virginia (0-1) Feb. 19 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field in Conway, S.C. It was the second game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament on the Coastal Carolina campus.
The Mountaineers opened the scoring as the second batter of the game, Jedd Gyorko, hit a home run hugging the left field line. Coastal would answer with a run in the bottom of the frame. Junior Rico Noel drew a one-out walk. He then stole second and scored on a single through the right side from redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella.
Both junior Cody Wheeler and West Virginia's Jarryd Summers would trade zeroes on the mound for the next few innings. West Virginia would then take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Dom Hayes reached on an error to begin the frame. He went to second as Wheeler hit Colin Durborow. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball and Hayes would score on a groundout from Gyorko. West Virginia looked like it was going to plate another run, but junior Scott Woodward made a great play on a high-chopped grounder from Dan Dibartolomeo.
Coastal would take the lead for the duration in the bottom of the fifth. West Virginia brought in its third pitcher of the game, Andy Altemus. He walked Noel and La Stella to open the inning. Sophomore Daniel Bowman then singled home Noel to tie the game at two. Senior Jose Iglesias moved La Stella and Bowman up a base with a sacrifice bunt and La Stella would score on Adam Rice's chopper over Durborow's head. Coastal then built a 4-2 lead as Bowman scored on a passed ball.
Wheeler threw six innings, allowing three hits and an earned run while striking out five. Freshman Ryan Connolly then came in and had two scoreless innings of relief. Redshirt-senior Austin Fleet came in to pitch the ninth. He gave up hits to Matt Malloy and Matt Frazer. Hayes bunted both runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Fleet then got a big strikeout of Brady Wilson. Durborow ended the game, grounding back to Fleet, who tossed to Rice for Coastal's first win of the season.
Bowman and Chance Gilmore had two hits apiece for the Chants, while Noel scored two runs. For West Virginia, Gyorko and Grant Buckner had two hits on the day.
Summers pitched the first 3.2 innings for the Mountaineers, allowing four hits and a run with a strikeout and three walks. Altemus was tagged with the loss, allowing two earned runs and two hits in an inning of work.
Wheeler moved his career record to 17-1, while Fleet earned his first career save. Coastal also improves its record to 23-13 in season openers.
Kentucky won the opening game of the tournament 15-6 over Virginia Tech.
Coastal Carolina will continue the Caravelle Resort Tournament Saturday, Feb. 20 against Virginia Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.