March 5, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. – The eighth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (8-1) opened the Caravelle Resort Invitational with a 14-4 win over Toledo (2-2) March 5 in Conway, S.C. The Chants scored multiple runs in the first four innings of the 10-run win.
Junior Rico Noel and redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella both hit solo home runs in the bottom of the first to give the Chants a 2-0 lead. In the second, redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore was hit by a pitch and trotted home on a home run to right field by redshirt-sophomore Rich Witten, making it 4-0 Chants.
The Chant bats broke out in the third, scoring seven runs. Senior Jose Iglesias walked to open the inning. He looked to be out at second on a grounder from sophomore Daniel Bowman, but Jared Hoying dropped the throw from Kyle Shaw and both runners were safe. Gilmore drove in both runs with a double to right. Witten then continued his great day at the plate, scoring senior Adam Rice and Gilmore with a double. Noel made it 9-0 with a single to left, scoring Witten and Iglesias finished the third-inning scoring with a double to left, scoring Noel and freshman Josh Conway.
Conway’s single in the fourth brought in Witten and Gilmore to make it 13-0 Coastal. Toledo scored a pair of runs in the sixth to break the shutout as Tim Krofcheck scoring in Chris Dudics with a double and then scored on a passed ball. The Chants answered with a single run in the seventh on a double from redshirt-junior Keith Hardwick that scored sophomore Scott Woodward. Toledo scored two runs in the ninth on RBIs from Dudics and Krofcheck.
Witten was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored, while Noel, Iglesias, Gilmore and Conway brought in a pair of runs each. For Toledo, Dudics was 3-for-5 while Krofcheck and Jason Edwards had two hits apiece.
Sophomore Anthony Meo earned the win for Coastal. He struck out three and gave up five hits and a run in six innings of work. Shaw was tagged with the loss, giving up seven runs in 2.1 innings.
Coastal will continue the Caravelle Resort Invitational Saturday, March 6 at 12 p.m., against Pittsburgh. The Panthers are coming off wins over Albany and Ball State today.