Errors Doom #17 Coastal Carolina; Kansas State Rallies for 5-4 Win
Feb. 24, 2011
MYRTLE BEACH - The 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina baseball team let a 4-1 lead slip way, due to two errors in the eighth inning that allowed four runs to score and Kansas State held on for the 5-4 win Thursday in the opening game of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach, played at BB&T Coastal Field.
Kansas State (4-0) loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth after Jake Brown, who had two of the Wildcats' four hits, and Ryan Moore singles with Nick Martini drawing a walk. Jordan Coons came out of the Coastal Carolina (3-2) bullpen and looked to get out of the jam when Jason King hit an apparent double-play ground ball. However, an error on the play allowed two runs to score. Then, with runners on second and third, Wade Hinkle reached on an error as the tying run scored. With runners on the corners, Mike Kindle capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Wildcat middle reliever Evan Marshall (2-0) picked up the win, despite allowing two runs on three hits in two inning's work. Starter Kyle Hunter struck out seven over his six innings, allowing three hits, two runs and two walks.
Jordan Coons (1-1) was the tough-luck loser, allowing one hit and one unearned run. In all, Chanticleer pitchers only allowed four hits and one earned run in the game while striking out eight. Starter Josh Conway only surrendered one hit and one unearned run with two walks and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Keith Hessler avoided one jam and nearly escaped another as he allowed two hits and three runs (one earned) with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings.
For the fourth time in five games, Coastal Carolina scored first, manufacturing a run in the bottom of the first. Scott Woodward worked the count full and drew a walk. The senior stole second, his seventh of the season, and moved to third on a Hayes Orton ground out. Taylor Motter followed with a sacrifice fly to center for the 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Orton led off with a single, which was also the first hit in the game. Motter followed with a walk and the two were on second and third after a Rich Witten sacrifice bunt. With one out, Daniel Bowman came through with an RBI ground out, driving in Orton, for a 2-0 cushion.
After striking out the leadoff hitter in the top of the sixth, Conway lost his bid for the no-hitter when Jake Brown singled. After a hit batter, the Chants turned to Keith Hessler out of the bullpen. He immediately recorded a strikeout and got a ground ball, but an errant throw allowed Brown to score for the Wildcats' first tally. With two out and the bases loaded, Hessler struck out Hinkle to limit the damage and keep the score 2-1 in Coastal's favor.
In the seventh, Coastal tacked on two runs to take a 4-1 lead. Tripp Martin had a one-out single and moved to third on John Fidanza's single to right-center field, the first career hit for the freshman catcher. K.J. McAllister drove in Martin with an RBI ground out and Woodward brought home Fidanza with an RBI double down the left-field line.
Kansas State closer James Allen worked a perfect ninth, with two strikeouts, to earn his third save.
For Coastal, Orton and Martin each had two hits to pace the offense.
Friday's schedule at the Baseball at the Beach has Pacific and North Carolina State opening play at Noon at BB&T Coastal Field. At 2 pm, Kansas State and Western Kentucky will square off on CCU's Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. The Chanticleers will then face 17th-ranked California at 4 pm at BB&T Coastal Field.