Coastal Carolina Wins 8-5 at Georgia State
Coastal Carolina hit three home runs, but Andrew Beckwith had six strong innings in relief as the Chanticleers took an 8-5 decision at Georgia State Saturday.
Coastal (18-10, 6-2 Sun Belt) clinches the series win and will got for its second straight conference sweep Sunday versus the Panthers (11-16, 1-7) at 1 pm.
Beckwith, who made his return to the bullpen, improved to 3-1. He allowed three hits and one unearned run with a walk and six strikeouts.
For the third time this season, Cooke hit a leadoff home run for the Chanticleers for an early 1-0 lead. Cooke now has five home runs for the season. Later, Woodall smacked a two-out solo blast. Although the Sun Belt leader and among the NCAA top five in home runs, Woodall's dinger snapped a nine-game dry spell for round-tippers by Woodall.
Georgia State answered with a leadoff home run of its own as Ryan Blanton hit the second pitch he saw over the right-center field wall.
Coastal, specifically Seth Lancaster, got that run back in the top of the second. The junior walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Georgia State would walk the bases loaded to set a two-out, two-run single to right field by Peyton Isaacson, scoring Wood Myers and Billy Cooke for a 5-1 cushion.
Lancaster finished the game with four stolen bases, one shy of the CCU single-game record, and the Chants swiped seven bases, two shy of the CCU single-game mark.
The Panthers responded with run in the bottom of the second to make the score 5-2. GSU loaded the bases on a walk, error and walk before Jack Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Cam Sperry. Jason Bilous recorded a strikeout to limit the damage.
Georgia State second baseman Will Kilgore started the bottom of the fourth with a home run to make it a two-run game, 5-3, in CCU's favor. The Panthers then got back-to-back singles before a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. Nick Gatewood brought home his team's fourth run with an RBI ground out to first base. Beckwith then got a strikeout to keep CCU on top, 5-4.
Coastal's offense was held in check for the third, fourth and fifth innings. However, in the sixth, the Chants scored twice for a 7-4 lead. Dalton Ewing hit a one-out triple and Wood followed with a home run to right field. It marked the second long-ball of the year -- and for the week -- for Wood.
Wood was involved in another run in the top of the eighth. The freshman hit a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on a Matt Beaird sacrifice bunt. Cooke followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Wood for the 8-4 lead.
The Panthers took advantage of a CCU error to score in the eighth. Romero Greer was hit by a pitch. On a CCU error, he moved to third and scored when Coastal turned a double play to provide the 8-5 final.