April 13, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. - The ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (28-5) received outstanding pitching performances from freshmen Josh Conway and Ryan Connolly and timely hitting to defeat The Citadel (23-12) April 13 in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina now has won nine games in a row heading into a nine-game road trip.
Conway, making his first start of the season, surrendered just two hits and two earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched. Connolly earned his third win of the season by throwing 4.1 innings and allowing a hit in the ninth inning with seven strikeouts.
The Citadel plated a run in the first. Nick Orvin walked and moved to second on a bunt single from Brad Felder. Matt Simonelli moved both runners up on a bunt and Bryan Altman scored Orvin on a groundout to second.
Coastal quickly answered with two runs in the first. Junior Rico Noel singled to left and moved to second on a sacrifice from junior Scott Woodward. Noel stole third and would score on a hit from redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella. Coastal would take the lead as sophomore Daniel Bowman singled to center to plate senior Jose Iglesias.
Coastal put up a run in the second on a sacrifice fly from Noel, and then scored two runs in the third. Bowman singled through the right side and trotted home on sophomore Steve Davis' third home run of the season.
The Citadel cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth. William Ladd walked with one out and moved to third on a double down the left field line from Orvin. Ladd scored on a passed ball and Orvin came home on an RBI groundout from Felder.
That would be as close as the Bulldogs would get as Iglesias' sacrifice fly in the sixth and Noel's scoring on two stolen bases and a throwing error from Altman made the final 7-3 outcome.
Bowman and Noel had three hits apiece for the Chants, while Davis drove in a pair of runs. For The Citadel, Orvin, Felder and Josh Pless had the three hits.
TJ Clarkson was tagged with the loss for The Citadel. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs in three innings. Matt Reifsnider struck out three in 4.2 innings of relief.
Coastal Carolina celebrated Armed Forces Appreciation Night as Sergeant First Class William Orr, Master Sergeant David Penton and Chief Master Sergeant Joseph DeCenzo, Ret., threw out the first pitches.
Coastal Carolina will head to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on 21st-ranked North Carolina Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m., in Boshamer Stadium.