May 20, 2010
RADFORD, Va. - Coastal Carolina University head baseball coach Gary Gilmore won his 600th game at his alma mater as the fourth-ranked Chanticleers (46-7, 24-0 Big South) defeated Radford (29-23, 15-10 Big South) 7-2 May 20 in Radford, Va.
Gilmore now has a 600-300 record in his 15th season at Coastal Carolina. He also had his 500th win at Coastal at Radford in 2008. Gilmore is in his 21st season as a head coach and sports an 853-402 career record.
Coastal manufactured a run in the top of the first. Junior Rico Noel walked to open the game. He went to third on groundouts from junior Scott Woodward and senior Jose Iglesias and scored on a two-out single to right by redshirt sophomore Tommy La Stella.
The Chants scored a run in the second inning, but a strange play kept it from being more. With one out, sophomore Daniel Bowman singled up the middle. He went to second on a single to right by redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore. Freshman Josh Conway walked to load the bases. An infield single from Noel scored Bowman to make it 2-0 Coastal. Woodward then looked to single through the right side, but the ball hit Noel going to second, keeping the runners at their base. Iglesias then flew out to end the inning.
The Chants used small ball to score two unearned runs in the top of the fourth. Conway led off the inning by reaching on third baseman Matt Mack's error. Noel and Woodward then laid down back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. Iglesias and La Stella followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies to score a pair of runs and give the Chants a 4-0 lead.
La Stella drove in his third run of the game in the sixth as his single up the middle scored Woodward. Radford then broke the shutout in the bottom of the sixth. Tyren Rivers led off the inning with a single to right. He moved to third on two consecutive groundouts and scored on a double to left by Raphael Turner.
The Chanticleers made it 6-1 in the seventh as Gilmore doubled and scored on a Conway single to the left field gap. Sophomore Anthony Meo then pitched his way out of a jam in the seventh. Mack was hit by a Meo pitch to lead off the inning. With one out, Carl Travers singled to move Mack to second. La Stella then made a great play in the hole between first and second to retire Brett Mollenhauer. Meo then struck out Rivers to end the inning.
La Stella connected on his 11th home run of the season in the eighth, a solo shot to left field, that made the score 7-1 Chanticleers. Turner hit his ninth home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth, a shot to straightaway center field off junior Matt Rein.
Meo was outstanding, improving to 12-1 on the season. He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed five hits and an earned run in 7.1 innings of work. Rein had two strikeouts, while freshman Ryan Connolly threw a perfect ninth inning, striking out pinch hitter Rick Hoogstraten to end the game. Radford's Derrick Brewer was tagged with the loss, allowing two earned runs and seven hits in four innings of work.
La Stella, Woodward and Gilmore had three hits apiece for the Chants, while La Stella drove in four runs. Turner was a perfect 3-for-3 for Radford.
The two teams will continue the three-game series Friday, May 21. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., but weather might push the game into a doubleheader. Check www.GoCCUsports.com for series updates.