Baseball Rallies for a 13-5 Win over Virginia Tech
Feb. 20, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. – The 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (2-0) scored 13 unanswered runs to defeat Virginia Tech (0-2) 13-5 Feb. 20 in game four of the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C. The Chanticleers trailed 5-0 in the third inning, but battled back and took a 9-5 lead on a grand slam from redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore.
Sophomore starting pitcher Anthony Meo got out of the first inning without giving up a run, but ran into trouble in the second. Anthony Sosnoskie doubled to open the inning. Meo then had an error on a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on first and second with no one out. Michael Seaborn walked to load the bases. Meo struck out Matt Blow, but Sean Ryan singled to score Sosnoskie for the first run of the game. Mike Kaminski then hit a liner just out of reach of redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella, scoring Shaban to make it 2-0. Meo got his second strikeout of the inning, getting Tim Smalling, but another infield hit, this time by Austin Wates, made it 3-0 Hokies.
Virginia Tech plated two more runs in third. Sosnoskie singled to open the inning and Seaborn walked with one out. Blow would then walk to load the bases. Ryan brought in Sosnoskie with a sacrifice fly. Junior Matt Rein came in for Meo and looked to be out of the inning when Kaminiski grounded to junior Scott Woodward at third. The throw for the fielder’s choice was dropped by LaStella. Smalling took advantage, scoring Seaborn with a single to center. Junior Rico Noel would throw out Blow trying to score to end the inning.
Coastal started its comeback in the bottom of the third. Freshman Josh Conway singled to left for Coastal’s first hit of the day. Woodward walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Noel then singled to center to bring in both runners. Coastal tied the game at five in the fourth. Sophomore Daniel Bowman walked to open the inning. He would then trot home as senior Adam Rice took Mathew Price’s first pitch over the wall in left field, cutting the Hokie lead to 5-4. Gilmore would reach on a fielder’s choice, and then moved to second on a single from sophomore Taylor Motter. Gilmore stole third and scored on a wild pitch from Price, tying the game at five.
Coastal took a lead it would never relinquish in the fifth. LaStella led off the inning with a double to the left field gap. Bowman then reached on an infield single. Virginia Tech brought in Joe Mantiply. Rice moved both runners over on a sacrifice bunt and Mantiply would then walk senior Jose Iglesias to load the bases. Gilmore would clear them with a laser over the right field wall.
The Chants added insurance the next two innings. LaStella brought in Noel with a single in the sixth. Then in the seventh, Gilmore scored on a wild throw from a Conway bunt, making it 11-5. Noel drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and sophomore Steve Davis plated Conway with a single to right center for the final 13-5 count.
Rein came in and earned the win for the Chants, allowing just one hit in 4.1 innings of work. He struck out a pair and gave up a walk. Conway and sophomore Brad Goldberg each pitched an inning of relief, striking out three between the two of them. Meo had four strikeouts and gave up six hits and two earned runs in 2.2 innings of work.
Price was tagged with the loss for Virginia Tech, allowing seven earned runs and six hits with five strikeouts in four-plus innings.
Gilmore had two hits for the second straight game, scoring three runs and driving in four. LaStella also had two hits, while Noel drove in three runs. For Virginia Tech, Wates was 3-for-5 while Kaminski and Sosnoskie had two hits apiece.
In earlier action at the Caravelle Resort Tournament, Kentucky shut out West Virginia 6-0.
Coastal Carolina wraps up the Caravelle Resort Tournament Sunday, Feb. 21 against Kentucky. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.