#19 Coastal Sweeps Presbyterian; Wins 12-3 Sunday
Coastal Carolina scored five runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh to pull away for a 12-3 win over Presbyterian College Sunday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium.
The 19th-ranked Chanticleers improve to 27-10, 11-1 in the Big South, and have swept each of their last four weekend opponents. Overall, Coastal has won seven straight, 14 of its last 15 and 22 of its last 27. The Blue Hose fall to 18-17, 5-7.
Coastal will play at nationally-ranked North Carolina Tuesday, return home to host College of Charleston Wednesday and host High Point, which is second in the Big South standings, for a weekend series.
Leading the Chants to the win Sunday were G.K. Young, Zach Remillard and Connor Owings. Young was 1-for-2 with a two-run double and scored three times. Remillard was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run. Owings was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run to extend his hit streak to 16 games while hitting a home run in his third straight.
CCU starter Tyler Poole pitched well but did not factor in the decision. The senior allowed two hits and three unearned runs while walking four and striking out a career-high eight over 5.2 innings. Andrew Beckwith (5-1) was credited with the win. He allowed one hit in 1.1 innings.
Presbyterian's Tyler Weyenberg started the game by drawing a four-pitch walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch while a throwing error on the play advanced him to third. Weston Jackson plated Weyenberg with an RBI ground out.
Coastal took a 2-1 lead in the third. The Chants loaded the bases after Michael Paez (2-for-4) singled, Young was hit by a pitch and Remillard had a bunt single. Owings drove in Paez and put runners on the corners with an RBI fielder's choice. PC looked to escape on an apparent double play, but an error kept the inning alive and gave Tyler Chadwick an RBI on the fielder's choice.
In the fifth, Owings hit a home run in his third straight game, giving him eight for the season and giving CCU a 3-1 lead. Owings is batting an even .500 (28-for-56) during his 16-game hit streak with five home runs, 18 runs scored and 16 RBI during the span.
The Blue Hose tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the sixth. Weston Jackson started the frame by reaching on an error. Between a pair of outs, Jackson stole second and third before Brett Auckland walked. Ryan Hedrick hit a two-out double to right center off Beckwith to score both Jackson and pinch runner Guy Casaceli.
Coastal answered with five runs in the home half of the sixth to take an 8-3 lead. Seth Lancaster walked, David Parrett reached on an error and Paez was hit by a pitch. Lancaster scored on a wild pitch and Young smacked a two-round double to right field. Young took third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. Owings singled and Chadwick was hit by pitch to set up an RBI single by Billy Cooke.
Cooke has now reached base safely (hit, walk, hit by pitch) in 28 consecutive games and has done so in 34 of 36 games this season.
The Chants kept the pedal down in the seventh, scoring four times for the eventual 12-3 margin. Anthony Marks hit a leadoff double and Young drew a one-out walk. Remillard then hit an opposite field, three-run home run to mark his ninth round-tripper of the season and give CCU an 11-3 lead. Coastal would go on to load the bases for pinch hitter Cameron Pearcey, who delivered a sacrifice fly.
Presbyterian loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Peyton Isaacson, making his first career appearance in the mound, got a fly out to end the contest.