March 3, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - For the second time in seven days, Coastal Carolina took a top 10 team to the brink, only to come up short twice as #10 North Carolina State (10-1) claimed a 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Chanticleers (4-6) Sunday evening in the final game of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach, played at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Last Sunday, Coastal was tied with #8 Kentucky, 2-2, with the bases loaded in the eighth innings but could not score and gave up six runs in the ninth to lose 8-2. Tonight, both Coastal - in the seventh - and NC State - in the eighth - left the bases loaded with the game tied to force extra innings. (Overall, Coastal is 0-3 versus top 10 teams as it lost 7-1 at #1 North Carolina in the third game of the season.)
In the 10th, NC State's Adam Morgan drew a one-out walk and moved to second when Bryan Adametz was hit by a pitch. Trae Turner followed with an RBI single to give the Wolfpack a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the 10th, Turner gave Coastal an opening as he committed a throwing error - his second error of the game - to allow Nick Oberg to reach with one out. Freshman Anthony Marks followed with a line drive, but Turner made a highlight-reel, leaping catch and doubled off pinch runner Brian Pruett at first to end the game.
Ryan Wilkins (2-0) was credited with the win. He pitched the final 3.2 innings and did not allow a hit or a run with a walk and two strikeouts. Ryan Connolly (0-2) was the tough-luck loser. He stuck out four over 2.2 innings and allowed one hit, one run and one walk.
Both teams had a lot of activity in the first inning, but each could only push across one run.
Turner and Brett Williams started the game with back-to-back singles. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt moved Turner to third and he scored when Brett Austin hit into a double play.
For Coastal, leadoff hitter Marks walked and Jacob May was hit by a pitch. Colin Hering moved the two up with a sacrifice bunt and Will Remillard walked to load the bases. With two outs, Jake Kane singled through the right side of the infield to drive in Marks to tie the game at 1-1.
NC State took advantage of two Chanticleer errors in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Morgan and Turner each singled. With one out, the Wolfpack avoided a potential double play when an errant throw allowed Morgan to score and Williams to reach first. With two outs, Tarran Senay walked to load the bases. A CCU fielding error allowed Turner to score and put Williams on third. He would later score on a wild pitch.
Coastal answered with a run in the home half to make the score 4-2. May doubled and scored on Remillard's double.
The Chants tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Marks walked and moved to third on a hit and run single by May. Hering loaded the bases when he reached on a fielder's choice as May was safe at second on a bunt attempt. Marks scored on Remillard's single to left field. With the bases loaded May was retired at home on a ground ball, but CCU kept the bases loaded on the play. Jake Kane brought home the tying run with an RBI walk. NC State turned its closer, Wilkins, and he recorded a strikeout and ground out to end the inning.
NC State threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out but Coastal's Connolly came in from the bullpen to record a foul out and a strikeout to keep the game tied.
CCU started Alex Cunningham pitched 4.2 innings and scattered seven hits. He allowed four runs, but all were unearned. Offensively, Jake was 3-for-4 with two RBI, while May and Remillard were each 2-for-4.
Coastal Carolina remains at home to host Furman on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are set to begin at 4 pm at TicketReturn.com Field.