March 22, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH - Tyler Herb threw seven shutout innings while Tyler Chadwick and Michael Paez each drove in two to lead Coastal Carolina to a 9-3 victory over Winthrop Saturday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
The Chanticleers (10-12, 2-3 Big South) and Eagles (10-13, 3-2) will play the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the game time has been moved up one hour to a 1 pm first pitch.
Herb (3-3) has won three straight outings and has allowing only one run in his last 20.1 innings. Saturday, the senior allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out five.
Coastal wasted little time to take an early 1-0 lead. Kane, the leadoff batter, reached on an error, advanced to second on a Richard Carter groundout and scored on an RBI double by Owings.
In the third inning, Coastal used a similar formula. While Kane once again reached on an error, he was retired on a Carter fielder's choice ground out. Owings singled and the two moved up 90 feet on a Zach Remillard ground out. Chadwick followed with a two-run single to put the Chants on top 3-0.
For the fourth consecutive inning, Coastal put the leadoff runner on base and Young hit a one-out ground rule double to right center field, putting runners on second and third. Paez plated Kyle Jackson with a sacrifice fly to left field. A Kane single moved Young to third and Carter followed with an RBI single for a 5-0 advantage.
The Chanticleers capitalized on a couple wild pitches and passed balls to score once in the sixth and three times in the seventh. Kane delivered the RBI single in the sixth while Jackson and Paez had RBI singles in the seventh. The third run of the seventh came by a wild pitch.
Winthrop avoided the shutout in the ninth. The Eagles started the frame with back-to-back singles by Tyler Asbill and pinch hitter Clay Altman and pinch hitter Clif Bryant walked to load the bases. Chad Smith drove in the Eagles' first run by reaching on a fielder's choice. Michael Patrick followed with an RBI single. Winthrop would load the bases once again before Brad Kaczka forced in the third run of the frame by walking. Coastal then turned to Chad Adkins out of the pen, who proceeded to induced a double play ball to second to secure the Chants' 9-3 victory.
Joey Strain (3-3) took the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings.