Coastal Carolina Splits DH with VMI; Falls 10-9 in 10 in Game 2
March 30, 2013
LEXINGTON, Va. - Coastal Carolina sent 13 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the eighth to take a 9-8 lead, but VMI forced extra innings in game two and took advantage of a 10th-inning error to give the Keydets a 10-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Gray-Minor Stadium.
Coastal Carolina, who wins the weekend series, is 15-12 overall and 4-2 in the Big South Conference. VMI, who snapped an 18-game losing streak with the game two win Saturday, is 13-17, 4-5.
In game two, VMI scored seven in the second and Coastal scored seven in the eighth to eventually force extra innings. In the 10th, Rob Dickinson drew a one-out walk and Matt Winn was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Nick Dwyer hit a fly ball to left field for the potential third out, but a dropped ball allowed Dickinson to score from second base for the game winner.
VMI answered and then some in the second, sending 12 men to the plate to take a 7-1 lead. Winn and Sheldon Shifflett hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game. From that point, Coastal made two errors, while the Keydets collected three hits, drew two walks and was hit by a pitch.
The Keydets tacked on another run in the sixth. Jordan Tarsovich drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on Rob Dickinson's RBI single to right field.
Coastal got that run back in the top of the seventh as freshman Zach Remillard hit his first career home run.
In the top of the eighth, Coastal sent 13 men to the plate, scored seven and took a 9-8 lead. Anthony Marks, Luke Willis and Buccilli each had singles to start the frame and load the bases. Justin Creel walked to force in the first run. Connor Owings drove in the second with an RBI ground out and Remillard delivered a sacrifice fly. With two out, Josh Powell hit an RBI triple. Chris Suseck reached on an infield single, allowing Powell to score on a close play at the plate. Coastal would re-load the bases when Blackman was hit by a pitch and Marks reached on a fielder's choice. Willis walked to force in the tying run and Buccilli hit a infield single to plate Blackman for the go-ahead run.
The Keydets tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Dwyer hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on an infield single. Thomas Stallings hit a deep fly ball to center to score Dwyer on a sacrifice fly and force extra innings.
Ryan Connolly (1-3) was the tough luck loser. He allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) with a walk and a strikeout in 2.2 innings.
Coastal Carolina will face The Citadel twice in the upcoming midweek. The Chants will travel to Charleston Tuesday for a 6 pm first pitch and the two teams will meet in Myrtle Beach Wednesday, also a 6 pm first pitch.