Baseball Falls to #1 Virginia 6-3
April 27, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The fourth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (36-6) had its 17-game winning streak snapped in a 6-3 loss to top-ranked Virginia (35-9) April 27 in Charlottesville, Va. The Chants also lost their first game to an Atlantic Coast Conference team, having won its first six games against ACC opponents.
Virginia struck first in the second inning, loading the bases on back-to-back singles by John Hicks and Kenny Swab and a walk to Stephen Bruno. Phil Gosselin unloaded them, hitting a grand slam to left field to give the Cavaliers a 4-0 lead. It was Gosselin's fifth home run of the season.
Coastal answered with a run in the third as redshirt-sophomore Chance Gilmore singled and sophomore Taylor Motter tripled to center to cut the UVa lead to 4-1. Virginia got the run back in the bottom of the fourth as Hicks doubled with one out and scored on a single by Swab.
Virginia made it 6-1 in the fifth. Gosselin led off the inning with a single. After freshman Josh Conway struck out Tyler Cannon, he walked Dan Grovatt. Steve Proscia loaded the bases with a walk and Jarrett Parker brought Cannon in with a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the top of the sixth, junior Rico Noel led off with a walk. He stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella. Coastal then used some two-out magic to make it 6-3 in the seventh. After Tyler Wilson struck out sophomore Daniel Bowman and got sophomore Steve Davis to ground to third, Gilmore singled to shortstop. He moved to second on a Motter single and scored on a single from Noel.
Noel, Gilmore and Motter had two hits apiece to pace the Chants. Gilmore also scored two runs.
The bottom three of the lineup for the Cavaliers had five of the 10 hits as Hicks and Swab joined Gosselin with two hits apiece. Hicks also had two runs scored.
Birmingham was tagged with the loss, giving up five hits and five runs score in 3.1 innings. Conway gave up four hits and a run with two strikeouts and a walk in 2.2 innings. Junior Matt Laney and freshman Ryan Connolly struck out three in two innings of relief.
Kline moved to 3-0 on the season, striking out four in five innings of work. He gave up an earned run and four hits in the outing. Kevin Arico picked up his 13th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
Coastal Carolina will start a six-game homestand Friday, April 30 against UNC Asheville. First pitch at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field is at 6 p.m.