Feb. 28, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (7-1) received another stellar pitching performance by redshirt-junior Jim Birmingham and redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore hit two home runs in a 6-3 win over North Carolina State (6-1) Feb. 28 in the final game of Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field. The Chants wrap up the event with a 4-0 record after their defeat of the Wolfpack.
Birmingham got through the first two innings just one batter over the minimum, but ran into trouble in the third, when he gave up single to Dallas Poulk and Chris Diaz to lead off the inning. The Wolfpack tried a double steal but senior Jose Iglesias threw out Poulk at third. Kyle Wilson would ground out and Birmingham would get Andrew Ciencin to fly out to end the threat.
The Chants got on the board in the bottom of the third. Gilmore led off the inning by hitting a laser over the fence in right field. It was his second home run of the season. Redshirt-sophomore Rich Witten then reached on an error and moved up to second on freshman Josh Conway's sacrifice bunt. Witten would score on a double over the left fielder's head, making it 2-0 Chants.
The Wolfpack got a run back in the fifth. Birmingham walked Dallas Poulk with one out. He moved to second on a Diaz groundout and scored on a single from Wilson. Birmingham struck out Ciencin to end the inning.
The Chants put up a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Junior Rico Noel led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a walk to classmate Scott Woodward. Both runners stole a base and Noel would score on a single from redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella. Woodward would then score on a Buchanan wild pitch.
N.C. State scored two runs in the seventh off freshman Ryan Connolly. Chris Schaeffer started the inning with a double to left and would trot home on Dallas Poulk's second home run of the season. Redshirt-sophomore Keith Hessler came in and gave up a one-out single to Wilson, but got Ciencin to ground out and Drew Poulk to fly out to end the inning.
For the second time in the game, Gilmore led off an inning with a home run, this time an opposite field shot to give the Chants a 5-3 lead. The Chants would get out of a jam in the top of the eighth as Danny Canela doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a Pratt Maynard single. With one out, redshirt senior Austin Fleet would get Schaeffer to ground into a double play to end the inning. Coastal then added insurance in the eighth as LaStella was hit by a pitch and would score on a double to left by senior Jose Iglesias.
Dallas Poulk led off the ninth with a double, but would be stranded at third at Fleet struck out pinch hitter Russell Wilson, got Kyle Wilson to ground out and Ciencin to pop out to end the threat.
Birmingham had his second stellar outing of the season against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. He struck out three and allowed just one run on seven hits in six innings of work. Fleet earned his third save of the season by pitching 1.2 innings and allowing just one hit. The loss was tagged to Buchanan, who gave up three earned runs and struck out four in 5.2 innings of work.
Noel and Gilmore had two hits apiece for the Chants. Gilmore also scored two runs and drove in a pair. For the Wolfpack, Drew and Dallas Poulk had three hits apiece, while Maynard and Kyle Wilson had two safeties.
Coastal Carolina will host the Caravelle Resort Invitational starting Friday, March 5. The Chanticleers will face Toledo at 4 p.m., at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.