May 9, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. - On Senior Day at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field, the seniors shined in fourth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team's 11-7 win over Winthrop May 9 in Conway, S.C. With the win, Coastal Carolina improves to 41-9 overall and 19-0 in Big South play. The Chants also have won 22 of their last 23 games. Winthrop falls to 21-24 overall and 9-11 in the Big South.
Seniors Chance Gilmore, Adam Rice and Jose Iglesias combined for five hits, five runs-batted-in and five runs scored, while Austin Fleet came in to pick up his sixth save. That quartet joined Dan Lombardozzi before the game in the Senior Day festivities.
The Chants would take a 1-0 lead in the second as sophomore Daniel Bowman doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from classmate Taylor Motter. Winthrop tied the game at one in the third as an Eddie Rohan sacrifice fly scored Patrick Gamblin.
Iglesias would homer in the third as his blast to left scored junior Rico Noel, who reached on an error to begin the frame. Winthrop would come right back and tie the game at three in the fourth. Chas Crane doubled to lead off the frame. Junior Cody Wheeler then walked Aaron Gliebe. Wheeler struck out Matt Pierpont but Tyler McBride singled to score a run. With two outs and runners on the corners, Tyler Cook reached on a bunt single to tie the game.
Coastal would take the lead for good in the fifth on Iglesias' second home run of the day and 13th of the season. His moonshot made it 4-3 Chants. A great defensive play from junior Scott Woodward saved a run in the sixth and the Chants answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Motter opened the inning with his eighth home run of the season. Sophomore Steve Davis then singled with one out. He went to third on a Woodward single and scored on a Matteo D'Angelo wild pitch.
Coastal added needed insurance in the seventh, scoring five runs. Redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella singled and scored on a Rice double. Rice moved to third on a Bowman fly out and scored on a Motter single. Motter stole second and trotted home on Gilmore's first triple of the season. Davis then doubled to right to score Gilmore and Noel followed with a single that brought in Davis.
Crane's 11th home run of the season in the eighth made it 11-4 Coastal, but for the second straight day, the Chants had trouble recording the final three outs. McBride led off the ninth with a walk. He went to third on a Gamblin double and scored on a Cook single. Sean Sullivan then scored Gamblin to make it 11-6. Junior Matt Laney retired the next two Eagles, but walked Crane and Adam Gliebe to force in a run. Redshirt-senior Austin Fleet came in and struck out Pierpont to end the game.
Wheeler struck out 10 in six innings to earn his ninth win of the season. He allowed seven hits and three runs with three walks. Freshman Ryan Connolly struck out three and allowed a run in two innings of work. D'Angelo was tagged with the loss, allowing five earned runs and nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
Motter had three hits and three RBI for the Chants, while Davis added three hits. It also was the third time this season that Iglesias has homered twice in a game. For Winthrop, Cook, Sullivan, Crane and McBride had two hits apiece.
Coastal Carolina and Winthrop will conclude the three-game set Monday, May 10 at 1 p.m., in Conway, S.C.