No. 18 CCU Gets Sweep with 6-0 Win vs Illinois in Game 2 of DH
CONWAY - For the second straight outing, Chanticleer starter Jason Bilous established a career-high for strikeouts -- getting nine -- and, for the second straight outing, pitched seven scoreless innings to lead #18 Coastal Carolina to a 6-0 victory over Illinois to compete a Saturday afternoon doubleheader sweep against the Illini.
Coastal Carolina, the winner of game one (3-2) on back-to-back home runs in the ninth, only managed six hits in the two wins -- three each game -- and improves to 11-7 overall. Illinois falls to 4-9 despite pitching 8.2 innings in without a hit in the game one and not allowing a hit until the seventh inning of game two.
Bilous (2-0) scattered four hits and a walk over his seven innings to accompany his career-high nine strikeouts. Over his last two starts, he has pitched 14 scoreless innings and struck out 15 while allowing just six hits and six walks.
Coastal broke the scoreless tie in the sixth despite still having not hits. Cory Wood drew a leadoff walk and Wood Myers reached on an error. With two strikes, Kevin Woodall Jr., laid down a sacrifice bunt. However, the Illini pitcher threw the ball away at first, allowing Wood to score and put Myers and Woodall on third and second, respectively. Peyton Isaacson followed with a deep fly ball to left-center field to drive in Myers and give Coastal a 2-0 lead.
Coastal broke up the no-hit bid with three hits in the seventh and took advantage of two more Illinois errors to score four in the frame to push its lead to 6-0. Seth Lancaster drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Matt Beaird collected CCU's first hit when he lined an RBI single over the shortstop's head to plate Lancaster. Billy Cooke followed with an infield single. Wood came through with a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error allowed Wood to take second while Beaird scored and Cooke moved to third. Myers followed with a two-run single back up the middle.