May 13, 2011
ROCK HILL - Coastal Carolina's Anthony Meo and Winthrop's Tyler Mizenko had a great pitcher's duel through eight innings, but the game would be decided by the bullpens as the Eagles would score one in the ninth and one in the 10th to claim a 3-2 victory over the 24th-ranked Chanticleers Friday night.
Coastal's bullpen walked four, including three in the 10th to load the bases. Adam Gliebe placed a single through the left side to bring home Tyler Cook, who started the 10th with a walk, for the winning run.
The Eagles tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Patrick Gamblin drew a one-out walk and TJ Olesczuk followed with an RBI triple to right-center field off Ryan Connolly. After a strike out, Keith Hessler came out of the bullpen and struck out Cam Walters looking to strand the runner on third and force extra innings.
Eagle relief pitcher Matt Pierpont (4-3) earned the win, pitching two innings. He did not allow a hit, run or walk and struck out five. Coastal's Hessler(1-2) suffered the loss. He allowed a hit, a run and three walks in 0.2 innings.
As for the starting pitchers, Meo left the game with a 2-1 lead after 7.2 innings. He allowed five hits and one run with one walk and six strike outs. Mizenko pitched eight innings, scattering five hits with two runs, two walks and seven strike outs.
Coastal used the long ball to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Tucker Frawley started the frame with a single up the middle. Then, with two outs, Witten launched a a home run deep over the left field wall. The homer extended his hit streak to 15 games with 20 RBI and four home runs over the span.
Winthrop got on the board with a run in the sixth, cutting its deficit in half, 2-1. Cam Walters had a one-out double and, with two outs, Crane looped a single that fell just shy of left fielder Jacob May.
With that run, Coastal Carolina had its scoreless innings streak snapped at 43 when Chas Crane hit an RBI single. Coastal's streak spanned six games (final 1.1 inning of the second VMI game April 30, all of the VMI finale May 1, all three Radford games and the first 5.2 innings at Winthrop Friday) and included a school and Big South record four straight shutouts.
NOTES: Tommy La Stella hit a triple in the third, extending his hitting streak to a season-long nine games. He has also had an eight-game hitting streak twice and a seven-game hitting streak once this season.
There was power outage in the top of the ninth with one out and 2-1 count on Keith Hardwick. The stoppage came at 8:05 pm. Game resumed at 8:26 pm for a 21 minute delay.