#29 Coastal Carolina Falls, 7-6, at UNC Asheville in 12
March 27, 2011
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville scored once in the ninth to force extra innings, answered Coastal Carolina's two runs in the 11th with two runs of its own and scored one run on Nick Collazo's walk-off, bases-loaded single in the 12th to upset the 29th-ranked Chanticleers, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
With two out in the 12th, Catlin Carter singled, Jordan Lurie walked and Andrew Kirkland reached on an infield hit (a slow roller down the first base line, avoiding the tag) to load the bases. Collazo, who had entered the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth, hit a 1-2 pitch to center field to give UNCA the win and the Bulldogs' first series win over Coastal Carolina since 2003.
Coastal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After a Hayes Orton walk, Tommy La Stella followed with an RBI triple down the right-field line. Daniel Bowman was hit my a pitch and Jacob May walked to load the bases. Rich Witten plated the second run when he was hit by a pitch, forcing home La Stella.
The Bulldogs got one of those runs back in the second. Cody Buch singled and advanced to third on a Carter. With two outs, Lurie laid down a bunt single, scoring Buch on the play. UNCA tied the game in the fourth on a solo home run by Buch.
The Chants regained the advantage in the fifth. Zach Lopes drew a lead off walk, moved to second on a hit and run and scored on Orton's RBI double to left.
UNCA knotted the game again in the bottom of the sixth. After back-to-back singles by Mike Vaughn and Danny Baats, Eli Miller drove in Vaughn with an RBI ground out to shortstop.
Coastal went back on top, 4-3, in the top of the seventh. Scott Woodward was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Orton's RBI single to right field.
The Bulldogs sent the game into extra innings, scoring once in the ninth. Carter had a lead off single. After a sacrifice bunt, Graham walked, as did pinch hitter Nick Collazo to load the bases. Grant Gajdosz tied the game with an RBI to center. On the play, pinch runner Andrew Kirkland tried to score from second, but was gunned down at the plate by Orton -- the second time Orton has thrown a runner out at the plate in four games.
In the 11th, Coastal's junior Keith Hardwick hit his first career home run. Taylor Motter followed with a single and went to second on a balk. Scott Woodward put Coastal up 6-4 with an RBI double to center. The Bulldogs matched that in the home half to make the score 6-6. Carter drew a lead off walk and Lurie followed with a single. Despite Matt Laney getting a strike out, Carter and Lurie each moved up 90 feet on a passed ball. Callazo would drive in Carter with an RBI single to center and move Lurie to third. Vaughn tied the game, scoring on Gajdosz' RBI ground out to second.
Rene Martinez (1-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs, pitching the 12th and not allowing any hits or walks.
For Coastal, La Stella was 3-for-6, while Woodward, Orton, Frawley, Hardwick and Motter each had two hits. Aaron Burke (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three hits, two walks and one run over 1.1 innings. Josh Conway started, but did not factor in the decision, leaving the game with a 4-3 lead after six complete. He scattered nine hits and allowed three runs while walking none and striking out six.
Coastal will return to action Tuesday, playing an exhibition with the Texas Rangers at a sold out BB&T Coastal Field.