Rich Witten's Career Night Lifts #27 Coastal Carolina Over Ball State, 11-1
March 4, 2011
CONWAY - Junior Rich Witten went 3-for-3 with a career-high five RBI, while four Chanticleer pitchers combined for a three-hitter, as #27 Coastal Carolina (6-4) defeated Ball State (1-6), 11-1, Friday night in the Caravelle Resort Invitational at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
While the offense was scoring runs, Coastal's pitchers were more impressive. Starter Anthony Meo (1-1) allowed a double, a walk and single in the second -- accounting for Ball State's lone run. After that two-out, RBI single in the second by Cardinals' shortstop T.J. Baumet, the Chanticleer pitchers faced the minimum 22 batters the remainder of the game. Meo did allow a walk in the fourth, but that runner was erased on a double play.
Meo struck out eight over his five innings, allowing three hits, one run and two walks. Keith Hessler worked the sixth and seventh innings, facing just six batters and striking out three. Aaron Burke fanned two of the three batters he faced in the eighth and freshman Jimmy Coughlin worked a perfect ninth with one strike out.
Ball State would get on the scoreboard first, scoring on a Kenny Mahala double and the RBI single by Baumet. The Chants answered back with a run of their own in the home half. Daniel Bowman drew a lead-off walk and, after a Rich Witten single and Tripp Martin ground out, scored on John Fidanza's RBI fielder's choice ground out.
In the third, Scott Woodward doubled to lead off and Coastal drew three straight walks, the last being an RBI for Tommy La Stella, to go up 2-1. After an out, Witten singled to left to plate Hayes Orton and Taylor Motter for a 4-1 Chanticleer lead.
Coastal sent nine men to the plate in the fourth and took advantage of two errors to score six runs for a 10-1 lead. Woodward got the Chants started again in the fourth with a one-out single. Orton followed suit. A error allowed the two to advance and CCU loaded the bases on a Motter walk. With two outs, Bowman walked to bring home Woodward and Witten followed with a three-run triple. Tripp Martin reached on a error, which allowed Witten to score. John Fidanza capped the scoring with an RBI double to left.
The Chants tacked on another run in the fifth for an 11-1 advantage. Josh Conway singled and moved to second on a Woodward walk. Conway advanced to third on a fly out and scored on Motter's RBI ground out.
Jacob Brewer (0-2) suffered the loss for Ball State. The right-hander allowed two hits, four runs and five walks with two strike outs in two innings.
REMEMBER, due to inclement weather in the forecast Sunday, the Caravelle Resort Invitational schedule has been changed. On Saturday, Coastal Carolina will host Marshall at Noon. At 3:30 pm, Marshall will take on Ball State with the Cardinals turning right around to face Quinnipiac at 7pm. THERE WILL BE NO GAMES SCHEDULED SUNDAY. On Monday, the Invitational will conclude with Coastal Carolina hosting Ball State at 4 pm.