May 18, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The College of Charleston (40-14) scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Cougars a 10-4 win over the fourth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (45-7) May 18 in front of 2,025 fans at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Chants.
The College of Charleston struck for three runs in the top of the first. Redshirt-junior Jim Birmingham retired Joey Bergman on a flyout, but walked Cole Rakar. He then induced Rob Kral into a flyout to center field. Birmingham walked Matt Leeds and gave up a run-scoring single through the left side by Jose Rodriguez. Greg Blake was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Kolby Epley singled home Leeds and Rodriguez to give the Cougars a 3-0 advantage.
The Chants answered back with a run in the bottom of the first. Junior Rico Noel hit a Texas League double to open Coastal's at-bats. He moved to third on a groundout from junior Scott Woodward and scored on a single up the middle by redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella. The Cougars got that run back in the top of the second. Jamie Holler led off the inning with a double. He traded places with Bergman, who doubled to right field, making it 4-1 CofC.
Coastal scored a run in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Jose Iglesias doubled to lead off the inning. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Rice's sacrifice fly to right.
The Chants tied the game at four in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Josh Conway and Noel hit back-to-back home runs to left field. It was Conway's third home run and Noel's ninth round-tripper and was the sixth time this season that Coastal has hit back-to-back home runs.
The Cougars broke the 4-4 tie with the five-run seventh. Redshirt-sophomore Keith Hessler retired the first batter, but gave up a single to Bergman. He stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Hessler walked Kral and was replaced by junior Matt Rein. Rein walked Leeds on four pitches and hit Rodriguez to give the College of Charleston a 5-4 lead. Blake then had the big hit, a double in the gap in left field that cleared the bases. The Cougars made it 9-4 on a single from pinch hitter Justin Brewer.
The College of Charleston added a run in the eighth as Leeds' sacrifice fly to left scored Holler.
Noel went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Chants. For the Cougars, Bergman had three hits and Blake drove in three runs.
Hessler was tagged with the loss in relief. He gave up two runs in 1.2 innings with one strikeout. Birmingham was tagged with three runs and two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Laney struck out three in 4.1 innings of long relief.
Casey Lucchese earned the win, striking out five and not allowing a run in 2.2 innings of relief. Salay gave up four runs and five hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The College of Charleston has now won five straight games against the Chants. This also was the largest run deficit of the season for Coastal. The Chants previous high was three runs in a 6-3 loss at Virginia.
Coastal Carolina will wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at Radford. Game one is Thursday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at the Dedmon Center Park in Radford, Va.