April 20, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - After playing a two-day, 15-inning game - suspended Friday and continued Saturday due to rain - Radford bounced from the 1-0 loss and got an RBI ground out from Chris Coia in the seventh and another in the ninth to lift the Highlanders to a 4-3 win over #26 Coastal Carolina Saturday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Highlanders improve to 21-16 overall and 8-6 in the Big South while the Chanticleers fall to 25-14, 11-3.
The teams will play the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday with first pitch set for 2 pm.
Unlike the first contest, the scoring came early in game two of the series. In the first inning, Jacob May reach with a two-out single and Alex Buccilli followed with a single to put runners on the corners. The Highlanders looked to get out of the inning unscathed but Colin Hering reached on a fielding error, allowing May to score.
Radford snapped an 18-inning scoreless drought in the series, manufacturing a run in the fourth. Josh Gardiner drew a leadoff walk to break-up the perfect game, stole second and moved to third Jeff Kemp's single to center, which broke up the no hitter. After a strikeout, Radford pulled off a double steak with Kemp taking second and Gardiner scoring on the backend to tie the game at 1-1.
Coastal regained the advantage in the home half of the fourth. Josh Powell walked to start the home half and scored on Luke Willis' first career triple.
The Highlanders tried to manufacture another run. Blake Sipe tripled with one out. Radford tried a suicide squeeze, but the batter misses and Sipe was retired in a run down to end the threat. However, in the seventh, Radford loaded the bases with three consecutive singles, catching two breaks. Ryan Burgess reached on a single just beyond the reach of CCU second baseman Jake Kane. Zach Wollcock tried unsuccessfully to lay down two sac bunt before singling. Then, Shane Johnsonbaugh tired a sac bunt. He popped it up, but Coastal could not make the play for an infield hit. Sipe walked to tie the game and chase Seth Lamando. Aaron Burke would get one out at home on a slow roller back to him, but a second ground ball by Chris Coia only produced one out, allowing Johnsonbaugh to score and give Radford a 3-2 lead.
In the ninth, Coia once again produced an RBI ground out, giving Radford a 4-2 lead. The Highlanders' Hunter Higgerson drew a leadoff walk and Sipe, trying to sacrifice bunt, reached on a bunt single to put runners on first and second. After a successful sac bunt, Coia's ground ball to shortstop plated Higgerson.
Coastal put a pair of runners on the bases in the ninth, but Michael Costello induced a fly out to end the game and collect his eighth save of the season. Mitchell MacKeith pitched four scoreless in relief to earn the win and improve to 1-2. He scattered three hits, walked one and struck out three.
Lamando pitched six innings and struck out a career-high nine with three walks, five hits and three runs but suffered the loss, dropping to 4-2.