No. 18 Coastal Baseball Beats Winthrop, 8-3
CONWAY - Kyle Skeels drove in three and Rafi Vazquez escaped bases-loaded jams in the seventh and eighth innings to earn his first career save to lead #18 Coastal Carolina to an 8-3 win over Winthrop in game one of a mixed doubleheader in the Tidelands Health Classic Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.
Despite not factoring in the decision, CCU All-American Andrew Beckwith struck out a career-high 10 I n5.2 innings.
Winthrop took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a solo home run by Anthony Paulsen. However, the Chanticleers answered in the home half. Cory Wood drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. After a Billy Cooke sacrifice bunt, Wood scored on a Wood Myers RBI ground out.
Coastal took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Seth Lancaster had a leadoff bunt single to third. Dalton Ewing reached on a fielder's choice and Kieton Rivers came through with an infield single to third base. Skeels lined a two-run double off the left-center field wall to score both Ewing and Rivers.
The Eagles tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth. With bases loaded, Grant English hit a two-run single through the right side of the infield to score Lipscomb and Babe Thomas.
Beckwith left the game in the sixth and the game tied 3-3. However, the All-American established a career high with 10 strikeouts, getting two K's in each of the first five innings. Beckwith only walked two.
Coastal regained the advantage in the bottom of the sixth. Kieton Rivers hit a leadoff triple and scored on a Skeels' sacrifice fly to up the Chants up 4-3.
Winthrop threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. However, Coastal turned to Vazquez out of the bullpen, who promptly got a ground out to escape.
Kevin Woodall Jr., pushed Coastal's lead to 6-3 in the seventh. Billy Cooke reached on a leadoff error and, two batters later, Woodall deposited a pitch into the CCU bullpen and two-run round-tripper was his sixth of the season.
In the eighth, Vazquez once again found himself in a bases loaded jam with two outs, but once again escaped by getting a strikeout for the third out. Coastal rode that momentum in the bottom of the frame. Peyton Isaacson hit a leadoff single and was lifted for pinch runner Cameron Pearcey. After a Matt Beaird walk, Jordan Gore tried twice to move the runners up, but fouled off two bunts before lining an RBI single to right. Pearcey scored on Gore's hit and Coastal had runners on first and third with no outs. Gore got intentionally caught in a run-dwon between first and second that allowed Beaird to score from third to provide the 8-3 final score.
Austin Kitchen (1-1) got the win in relief. He worked 1.0 inning and struck out two.