April 24, 2010
LEXINGTON, Va. - The seventh-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (35-5, 13-0 Big South) won its 16th-straight game in dramatic fashion in a 3-2 win over VMI (29-11, 10-7 Big South) April 24 in Lexington, Va. Coastal won its fifth one-run game of the sesaon and tied for its second-longest winning streak in program history.
Coastal's 16-game win streak matches the streak from March 9-April 6, 2007. The longest streak in Coastal Carolina history is 19 games from March 4-April 1, 1983. Coastal also has won 23 straight Big South games in a row dating back to last season.
For the second straight game, the Chanticleers plated a run in the first inning. Junior Rico Noel reached on a two-base error to begin the game. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior Scott Woodward and scored on a groundout by senior Jose Iglesias.
VMI scored its first runs of the series in the bottom of the first. Junior Cody Wheeler walked Sam Roberts to open the frame. Roberts went to second on a Cory Spangenberg single and moved to third on a Wheeler error. Wheeler picked off Spangenberg at first, but Roberts would score on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Ballard. Graham Sullivan followed with his ninth home run of the season, giving the Keydets a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Taylor Motter tied the game at two in the top of the sixth with his sixth home run of the season. The Chants would then take the lead in the seventh. Jason Farley walked Iglesias to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella. Iglesias went to third on a single from senior Adam Rice. VMI brought in Michael Devine and sophomore Daniel Bowman greeted him with a single to left to score Igleisas.
VMI got the leadoff runner on base in the ninth as Sullivan singled. He was moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Justin Topping. Adam Haitsuka then singled to center and Noel's throw to the plate kept Sullivan at third. The Chants brought in junior Matt Laney and he induced Rob Dickinson into a game-ending double play for the Chants' 35th victory.
Wheeler moved to 7-0 on the season, striking out seven in 7.2 innings pitched. He allowed five hits and two runs with a walk. It also was his 23rd career victory. Laney earned his second save of the season by getting the game-ending double play. Farley was tagged with the loss. He struck out three and allowed two earned runs and four hits in 6.1 innings pitched.
Six different Chants had a hit apiece, while Sullivan and Haitsuka had two hits apiece for the Keydets.
Coastal Carolina and VMI will conclude the three-game series Sunday, April 25. The game has been moved from 1 p.m., to 2 p.m., at Gray-Minor Stadium.