Coastal Baseball Pulls Away for 9-4 Win at UNC Asheville
April 5, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina trailed 3-2 after six innings before scoring three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth to claim a 9-4 victory at UNC Asheville (9-22, 3-8 Big South) Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Chanticleers (14-18, 6-5 Big South) secure their second straight conference series win.
Coastal Carolina was led by sophomore catcher Tyler Chadwick, who had two hits and drove in five runs - all coming in the seventh and eighth innings. Michael Paez added two hits, including a home run, and G.K. Young was 3-for-4. Young extended his hitting streak to eight games and the freshman designated hitter has reached base safely (hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 12 consecutive games.
In the top of the second, Paez hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give Coastal a 1-0 lead. The blast was his second of the season.
Coastal took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Reid Moman singled and Steven Whitaker followed with a double, allowing Moman to advance to third. Zach Remillard brought home Moman with an RBI ground out to second base.
The Bulldogs took advantage of two infield hits to cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth. Kyle Towles reached on a slow roller to shortstop and, after a wild pitch, Tanner Bush put runners on the corners with a bunt single. Derek Smith reached on a fielder's choice, which allowed Towles to score.
UNCA grabbed a 3-2 lead in the sixth. After loading the bases, Bush lined a two-out, two-run single to center field to score Hunter Bryant, who walked, and Joe Tietjen, who singled.
The Chanticleers answered with three runs in the top of the seventh. Moman was hit by a pitch, Connor Owings singled and Remillard singled to load the bases. That set the stage for a one-out, two run single by Chadwick. Remillard then gave CCCU a 5-3 lead by scoring on a wild pitch.
Coastal blew the game open with four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 9-3 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, Remillard was hit by a pitch to force home Young. Chadwick then drove a 3-2 pitch over the left fielder's head for a three-run double.
Asheville got one of runs back in the home half of the eighth to provide the eventual 9-4 final score. With two outs, Towles walked and scored after back-to-back singles by Bush and Derek Smith.
CCU starter Austin Kerr did not figure in the decision despite leaving the game with the lead. The junior pitched 5.1 innings before exiting with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. He allowed four hits, three runs and four walks while striking out a career-high six. Seth Lamando (3-1) picked up the win in relief, allowing three hits and one run with a walk and three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Tyler Poole worked the ninth, striking out two.
Brian Connolly (2-1) suffered the loss in relief for the Bulldogs, allowing three hits and two runs in an inning's work.
The teams will conclude the series on Sunday at 1 pm at Greenwood Field.