March 5, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - Coastal Carolina dropped a 4-1 decision to Furman in a wild finish Tuesday evening at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Chanticleers (4-7) and Paladins (9-3) will meet again Wednesday at 4 pm.
Furman took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Will Mazika drew a one-out walk, took third on a ground out and scored on Taylor Johnson's RBI double.
In the seventh, the Paladins scored a second run. With the bases loaded and no outs, Johnson hit into a double play with the CCU third baseman forcing Jordan Simpson, who was on third, out at home and the CCU catcher Will Remillard doubled off Johnson at first. There was some controversy as to whether or not the ball hit off Johnson's foot in the batter's box and, in the confusion; the umpires ruled Muzika scored from second base.
Coastal trimmed its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Ted Blackman walked to start the home half, moved to second on a ground out and advanced on a balk. Zach Remillard plated Blackman with an RBI ground out.
In the top of the ninth, Coastal committed two errors to lead to two Furman runs. Mazika had a leadoff single and moved to second on a balk. Hunter Burton attempted a bunt but CCU elected to make a play at third but the throw was errant to allow a run. On the following at bat, Johnson reached on an error, putting runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet. With the infield in, Paul Nitto grounded out to shortstop, allowing Burton to score to provide the 4-1 final.
Furman starter Tyler Wood (1-0) earned the win. He pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Seth Lamando (1-1) suffered the loss. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowing one run, three hits and three walks with four strikeouts.