April 23, 2010
LEXINGTON. Va. - The seventh-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (34-5, 12-0 Big South) won its 15th game in a row with a 7-0 shutout win over VMI (29-10 10-6 Big South) April 23 in Lexington, Va. The Chants have pitched shutouts in back-to-back Big South games.
Coastal Carolina plated a run in the top of the first. With one out, junior Scott Woodward walked. He then stole second and third and scored on a double over the third baseman's head by senior Jose Iglesias. It was Iglesias' 54th run-batted-in of the season, which leads the Big South.
VMI threatened in the second but did not score. With one out, sophomore Anthony Meo walked Justin Topping. Topping moved to third on a double by Rob Dickinson. Meo then threw a wild pitch, but the bounce off the backstop went right to Iglesias, who tagged Topping out at home. Meo walked Alex Haitsuka, but struck out Chase Worthington to end the inning.
In the top of the third, Woodward singled with one out. He stole second and moved to third on a flyout from Iglesias. Lopez would balk on a 0-1 pitch, scoring Woodward and giving the Chants a 2-0 lead. Redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella would triple and senior Adam Rice walked, but Lopez struck out sophomore Daniel Bowman to end the inning.
Meo wiggled his way out of trouble in the third. Jacob Morley singled to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch. Meo hit Cory Spangenberg and walked Jordan Ballard to load the bases, but got Graham Sullivan to ground into a double play to keep it 2-0 Chants.
The Chanticleers put up a pair of runs in the fourth. Lopez walked redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore with one out. He would score on a double by sophomore Taylor Motter. Junior Rico Noel then singled to center to plate Motter and make it 4-0 Coastal. The Chants made it 6-0 in the sixth as Motter's second double of the game drove in Bowman, who reached on an error to start the frame. Noel followed with a single up the middle to score Motter.
Meo again escaped trouble in the sixth, leaving the bases loaded. Sullivan reached on a Rice error to open the inning. Sullivan would be retired on a fielder's choice, but Meo walked Dickinson to put two on. Motter would retire the lead runner on a fielder's choice groundout, but Worthington walked to load the bases. Meo struck out Jacob Morley to end the frame. It was his ninth strikeout of the game.
Gilmore drove in the Chants' seventh run of the game in the eighth as he doubled to score Davis. Freshman Josh Conway pitched the final two innings for the Chants as he struck out Sam Roberts to end the game.
Meo earned his eighth win of the season, allowing just three hits with the nine strikeouts and five walks in six innings pitched. Lopez took the loss, striking out five and giving up eight hits and four earned runs in six innings of work.
Four Chants had two hits apiece, as Motter and Noel drove in a pair of runs. For VMI, Dickinson and Morley had two hits apiece, accounting for all four Keydet hits in the game. VMI left 10 runners on base in the game.
The Chanticleers and Keydets continue their three-game series, weather permitting, Saturday, April 24 at 3 p.m., in Gray-Minor Stadium.