April 30, 2011
CONWAY - Daniel Bowman hit a three-run home run to lead Coastal Carolina to a 4-2 victory over VMI Saturday afternoon at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
Bowman extended hits hit streak to 17 games with his three-run home run in the fifth. Also, with the blast, Bowman now has 10 home runs this season to become just the eighth player in Big South history to have double-digit home runs in three consecutive seasons, hitting 13 as a freshman and 15 last year. Bowman also moves to eighth on the CCU all-time RBI list with 150.
Bowman was not the only offensive highlight as Chanticleer second baseman Tommy La Stella went 3-for-4 to raise his season average to .396.
Coastal (29-15, 13-4 Big South) avoided a bases-loaded jam in the first. After two singles and an error loaded the bases with one out, CCU starter Josh Conway got a pop out and a fly out to escape unscathed. Conway (6-1) then retired 15 of his next 17 before allowing a leadoff home run in the seventh. The sophomore lasted 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and one run with no walks and four strike outs.
The Chants then manufactured a run in the second. Keith Hardwick had a leadoff single and stole second. Taylor Motter and Tucker Frawley did their jobs of advancing Hardwick with ground outs, the second of which gave Coastal a 1-0 lead.
Coastal pushed its advantage to 4-0 in the fifth. With two out, Hayes Orton blooped a single to left field and Tommy La Stella beat a shift VMI put on him with a single to left. Bowman followed with his three-run homer.
VMI (21-21-1, 9-11 Big South) got one of those runs back in the seventh as Rob Dickinson deposited the first pitch of the inning over the right field wall. In the eighth, VMI hit another solo home run to cut its deficit to two, 4-2. With two outs and a 3-2 count, George Piccirilli hit his third home run of the season. The blow could have been worse as Justin Hess, who reached on a leadoff walk, was thrown out stealing two pitches prior to the round-tripper.
Coastal's Ryan Connolly, who surrendered the final VMI home run, did earn his third save of the season. The sophomore pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits and one run with two strike outs.
For the Keydets Dickinson and Jacob Morley each had two hits. Starter Jason Farley (2-7) pitched well but suffered the loss, allowing six hits and four runs with no walks and four strike outs over 6.1 innings.
Coastal Carolina and VMI will conclude their three-game set Sunday with first pitch set for 1 pm. The game was originally schedule for Thursday, so CCU season ticket holders are reminded to bring their Thursday game ticket for admission Sunday.