#29 Coastal Carolina Pulls Away for 8-0 Win over Radford in Game 1 of DH
May 7, 2011
CONWAY - All-American Anthony Meo struck out a career-high 12 batters and scattered three hits over eight innings to lead #29 Coastal Carolina to an 8-0 decision over Radford in game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. The Chanticleers, who scored five in the eighth to blow open a pitcher's dual, improve to 31-15, 15-4 Big South. The Highlanders fall to 25-19, 10-9.
Meo is the reigning Big South Pitcher of the Week after tying a then-career high with 10 strike outs. The junior set the tone early by striking out the side in the first and retiring each of the first nine he faced. After giving up a single to start the fourth, he once again struck out the side and once again retire the next nine in a row. Meo improves to 7-3 on the year, 29-7 for his career overall and 19-3 for his career in Big South play. With 29 career wins, he ties Kevin Slowey (Winthrop 2003-05)for fourth on the Big South all-time victories list.
Coastal took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Jacob May drew a leadoff walk and, two batters later, Scott Woodward lifted a home run over the left field wall for a his fourth home run of the season. Also, Woodward extended his hitting streak to a career-long 13 games with the blast and moved into a tie for 19th on the CCU career RBI list with 127.
The Chanticleers manufactured a run in the fourth. Rich Witten led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and he moved to second on a Keith Hardwick single to center. Witten would then steal steal third. On the play, a throwing error allowed Witten to score.
In the eighth, Coastal blew the game open, scoring five in the frame to provide the 8-0 final. Woodward and Tommy La Stella started the inning with singles and Daniel Bowman was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs, chasing Radford starter Eddie Butler. With Bowman getting hit, it ended his chances of extended his hit streak, which was snapped at a career-long 18 games.
Brad Wimmer came out of the bullpen and, on the first pitch, threw a wild pitch with Witten up, allowing Woodward to score. Witten would walk to re-load the bases with no outs. Hayes Orton plated La Stella and Bowman with a two-run single. Keith Hardwick laid down a sacrifice bunt, but would reach on a throwing error to once again load the bases. Taylor Motter plated Witten with a sacrifice fly to left. May had a check-swing single that found the outfield and allowed Orton to score.
Butler (6-2) pitched well but suffered the loss. He only allowed three hits and two runs through seven innings. However, he would not record an out in the eighth before leaving after facing five batters end up allowing five hits and six runs (five earned) while walking one and striking out one.