March 15, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Tommy La Stella was 3-for-5 with three RBI and Matt Rein did not allow an earned run over his five innings as #23 Coastal Carolina posted an 8-3 win at the University of San Diego Tuesday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. The Chants (12-5) and Toreros (4-10) will play the second of their two-game set Wednesday (Mar. 16) at 2 pm (PT).
Rein (2-1) got a rare start after not pitching this past weekend. He scattered three hits and a walk to allow two unearned runs while striking out four. Jordan Coons retired all six batters he faced, including a strike out, while Aaron Burke worked the final two innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two.
Coastal loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Dylan Covey (1-2) --a first round draft pick by Milwaukee last season (14th overall), escaped unscathed by getting a strike out and ground out to end the inning. In the second, Coastal loaded the bases with no outs, but was able to capitalize. First, Woodward brought home Daniel Bowman, who started the frame with a single, with a sacrifice fly to left. May followed with an RBI single through the right side to score Witten, who reached after being hit by a pitch. La Stella made it 3-0 with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to bring home in Keith Hardwick, who loaded the bases initially when he walked.
The Chants loaded the bases with one out in the third as Bowman walked, Witten singled and Hardwick walked. As he did in the second inning, Woodward plated Bowman with a sacrifice fly to left field. Then, May duplicated his second-inning effort, driving in Witten with an RBI single down the left field line for a 5-0 Coastal lead after two-and-a-half innings.
San Diego took advantage of a Coastal error to score twice in the bottom of the third to make the score 5-2. Bryan Haar reached on an error to start the home half and moved to second on a bunt by Dillon Checkal. With two outs, Kevin Muno singled to drive in Haar. Muno would steal second and score on Tony Strazzara's RBI single through the left side of the infield.
After a good pitcher's duel for three innings, Coastal's offense came back to life in the seventh with consecutive singles by Witten and Hardwick. After a failed sacrifice bunt attempt to keep runners at first and second, May reached on a fielder's choice. On the play, there was a throwing error, allowing Hardwick to score from second. La Stella followed with a two-run double to center, giving Coastal an 8-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Toreros scratched across a run. Checkel had a leadoff single and stole second. With two outs, Kris Bryant delivered an RBI single to left to provide the final margin, 8-3.
NOTE: Fans not in the Grand Strand area, remember that CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast) will re-broadcast "Inside the Clubhouse" each Wednesday at 3 pm (ET) courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce