April 26, 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Coastal Carolina had seven, two-out RBI Tuesday night and scored in five of the first six innings, building an 11-1 lead through eight-and-a-half innings. However, Colonial Athletic Association leader UNC Wilmington (23-18) would not go quietly, scoring three in the bottom of ninth, before Chanticleer relief pitcher Ryan Connolly came on to record the final out and for an 11-4 Coastal (27-15) win.
Offensively, Tommy La Stella was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Scott Woodward was 1-for-1 with two RBI. On the mound, Coastal pitchers racked up 11 strike outs, each getting at least one. Jordan Coons (4-3) made his second start and pitched five innings, allowing four hits and one run with a walk and four strike outs. Tyler Herb, the third pitcher, struck out all three batters he faced.
Daniel Bowman was 2-for-5, including a two-run home run, with three RBI. The blast was Bowman's ninth of the season and 37th of his career. The junior joins impressive company, tying Kirt Manwaring for fourth on the CCU career list home run list and, with three RBI tonight, Bowman has 144 for his career, tying him for 10th with Manwaring.
Coastal scored first, taking advantage of a UNCW error in the first for a 1-0 lead. La Stella walked and, with two outs, Rich Witten reached on a throwing error by the Seahawk shortstop, putting runners on the corners. Hayes Orton made the mistake hurt with an RBI single.
In the second, Coastal put four runs on the board for a 5-0 advantage. Taylor Motter started the frame with a walk and he stole second. After a Tucker Frawley infield single put runners on the corners, Jacob May moved Frawley into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Woodward followed with a sacrifice fly to center then Coastal received three straight RBI singles from La Stella, Bowman and Witten.
The Seahawks trimmed its deficit to four with a run in the home half of the second. Pinch hitter Ryan LaGrange ripped a one-out single back up the middle and scored on an RBI double by Michael Bass. However, on the play, Bass tried to take third, but was thrown out on a perfect relay from Bowman to La Stella to Woodward to end the inning. It was Bowman's four outfield assist of the season and the 13th of the year by a Chanticleer outfielder.
Coastal got that run back in the top of the third to lead 6-1. Keith Hardwick singled and Motter walked. The two moved up 90 feet on a ground out and Hardwick scored on May's single through the left side. The Chants added a tally in the fourth as Woodward was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on La Stella's single to right field.
The Chants extended their lead to 8-1 in the sixth. Frawley drew a lead off walk and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by May. Woodward brought Frawley home on a safety squeeze. Coastal used the long ball in the eighth to add two more runs. La Stella drew a one-out walk and Bowman launched a two-run home run over the left-center field wall.
Coastal made the score, 11-1, in the top of the ninth. Orton had a lead off double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI ground out by K.J. McAllister. In the home half, Hunter Ridge walked and, after a two-out walk to Thomas Pope, LaGrange had an RBI single to center. Bass followed with a two-out double to provide the 11-4 final. Connolly then came out of the CCU bullpen to strike out his only batter faced to end the contest.
Coastal Carolina, after playing 18 of its last 25 on the road, will return home to host VMI in a key Big South three-game series this Thursday (6 pm), Friday (6 pm) and Saturday (2 pm). The Chants will close the season playing 10 of their final 13 regular-season games at home.