March 10, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina junior Josh Conwaypitched his first career complete game and out-dueled Ohio State's ace Jaron Long for a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon in the Chanticleer Classic at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
Coastal, who hosts Marist in the second game of a mixed doubleheader Saturday evening, improves to 7-5, while Ohio State falls to 7-5. The Buckeyes will also play a mixed doubleheader, facing Toledo Saturday night at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach.
Conway (1-1) and Long (0-0) had both suffered tough luck in the early season. Conway was 0-1 but had a 1.50 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings. Long entered with a 2.40 ERA in three starts with 14 Ks and zero walks allowed.
Conway, after striking out the leadoff hitter in three pitches, got into trouble in the first as he walked the second batter, Tim Wetzel. A single by Ryan Cypret and hit by pitch loaded the bases. Mike Carroll put the Buckeyes on top early by driving in the first run with an RBI ground out.
From that point, Conway and Long were in control. Conway would only allow two hits over his final 8.1 innings with only base runners for OSU reaching via three walks and an error but no runner would advance past second base. For the game, Conway allowed three hits, one run and four walks with six strikeouts in the complete-game victory.
In the bottom of the seventh, Daniel Bowman reached on a leadoff infield single. The hit broke a string of 10 straight Chanticleers that had been retired by OSU starter Jaron Long. Bowman stole second and just beat the tag at third on Tucker Frawley's sacrifice bunt. After an out, Tripp Martinexecuted a safety squeeze, bunting the ball down the first base line to score Bowman and knot the game at 1-1.
In the eighth, Jacob May walked with one out, marking the first free pass Long had allowed in the 2012 season (22.1 innings). May would be cut down attempting to steal but Rich Witten would replace him at first after being walked to chase Long. Bowman welcomed Buckeye relief pitcher Trace Dempsey with a stand-up triple to center field, scoring Witten. Frawley followed with an RBI double and would score on Alex Buccilli'ssingle.
Conway got two quick outs in the top of the ninth before Kirby Pellant dropped in a single to right. Two pitches later, David Corna flied out to center to end to game.
Long would not factor in the decision, pitching 7.1 innings and allowing six hits, one run and two walks with seven strikeouts. Dempsey (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three hits and three runs in 0.1 innings.