March 14, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. – The seventh-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team’s (15-2) pitching staff threw its second shutout of the season in a 3-0 defeat of Michigan (6-9) in the final game of the Caravelle Resort Classic March 14 at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Chants scored a run in the bottom of the second with two outs. Sophomore Taylor Motter reached on a throwing error by John Lorenz. He went to second on a single from sophomore Steve Davis and scored on a single from junior Scott Woodward, making it 1-0 Coastal.
Both starting pitchers put up zeroes the next four innings until the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Daniel Bowman led off the frame with a home run to left field, his third of the season. Michigan starter Alan Oaks would get redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore to strike out, but gave up a single to Motter. Michigan then went with Tyler Burgoon and he loaded the bases by giving up an infield single to Davis and hitting Woodward. Noel brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 3-0 Chants.
In the top of the eighth, the Wolverines loaded the bases off junior Matt Rein as Garrett Stepehns walked, Patrick Biondi was hit by a pitch and Anthony Toth walked. Rein got out the jam, striking out Chris Berset looking. The Wolverines would get two runners on in the ninth, but Rein got Stephens to ground out to end the game.
Redshirt-senior Austin Fleet was stellar in his first start of the season. He struck out six and gave up just three hits and no runs in six innings. Rein earned his first save by pitching the final two innings and striking out a batter. Freshman Ryan Connolly and junior Matt Laney combined for an inning of work with a strikeout.
Oaks took the loss for the Wolverines, striking out seven and giving up six hits and two earned runs in 6.1 innings.
Bowman and Davis had two hits apiece for the Chants, while Crank Coley was 2-for-4 for Michigan.
Coastal Carolina will play the next five games in Charleston, S.C., starting with a 5 p.m., game against the College of Charleston Tuesday, March 16 at Patriots Point.