Feb. 24, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - After avoiding a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth to keep the game tied at 2-2, Kentucky (5-1) scored six runs on five hits in the top of the ninth to claim an 8-2 victory over host Coastal Carolina (3-2) in the Caravelle Resort Tournament Sunday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field and Pelicans Ballpark.
Matt Reida started the ninth for Kentucky with a leadoff single and Michael Thomas was hit by a pitch. An infield single by Austin Cousino loaded the bases with no outs. Seth Lamando came out of the bullpen and Lucas Witt hit an three-run double down the left field line. A fielding error put runners on the corners and J.T. Riddle followed with an RBI single. Paul McConkey capped the scoring with a two-run single.
Trevor Gott (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit and getting two strikeouts over his 1.2 innings pitched. Ryan Connolly (0-1) suffered the loss.
Kentucky got on the scoreboard first, scoring once in the top of the third. However, the damage could have been worse. Thomas had a leadoff single and moved to second on Cousino's walk. After an out, A.J. Reed singled to left field, but Thomas was gunned down at the plate and a throw from Alex Buccilli-to-Zach Remillard-to-Will Remillard. Max Kuhn followed with an RBI single for the 1-0 lead.
Coastal got that run back in the home half of the third when Ted Blackman hit a two-out solo home run over the left field wall. The blast marked the first of the year by a Chanticleer.
The Wildcats regained the advantage in the fifth. Wilt started the frame by reaching on an error. He would take second on a wild pitch and third on a deep fly ball to left-center field. He would later score on a passed ball. An error and single T.J. R idle chased Coastal starter Ben Smith. The runners stole second and third, respectively, but were left stranded as Connolly got a pop out and a strikeout to keep the score 2-1.
Coastal once again responded in the home half. Blackman walked, moved to second on a balk and took third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Colin Hering drove in Blackman with an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.
The Chants loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but could not capitalize. Also, Coastal left XX men on base and committed five errors in the loss.