May 23, 2014
ROCK HILL - Coastal Carolina was playing catch-up all game and had its best chance to capitalize after a six-run seventh inning that took over two-hours and 30-minutes due to weather. However, Campbell rallied with three runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 15-11 decision in an elimination game of the Big South Championship at Winthrop Ballpark. Overall, the game spanned five-hours and 49-minutes.
The third-seeded Camels (37-19) never trailed and scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third, five in the sixth and a decisive three in the seventh to hold on for the win. The sixth-seeded Chanticleers (24-33) only scored in three innings, but put two on the board in the third, three in the fourth and six in the seventh, trailing by two twice and one once.
After Coastal allowed the five runs in the sixth inning to go down 12-5, the Chanticleers answered with four runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 12-9 before a two-hour and 11-minute delay for rain and hail storms. Coastal added two more runs after the delay as the Chants scored six runs in the frame and trailed by one, 12-11.
Prior to the weather delay, Kyle Jackson reached on an error and Anthony Marks followed with a single. Michael Paez welcomed new Camel pitcher Bobby Thorson with an RBI single just over third base, putting runners on the corners. Connor Owings brought Marks and Paez home with a two-run double down the right field line. Owings took third on a ground out and scored on Kane's sacrifice fly to left. G.K. Young lined a double to center field, which was the last at bat before the storms came.
After the delay, Reid Moman lined a ball to right field, but Clayton Brown slipped on the wet turf. Moman ended up with a triple on the play and Young scored. Hering followed with a single to center to bring home Moman for a one-run CCU deficit.
However, Campbell came right back to score three in the bottom of the seventh to take a 15-11 lead. Steven Leonard started the home half with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a single by Matt Nadolski. Matt Parrish then singled off Coastal pitcher Brock Hunter, scoring Leonard and putting runners on the corners. Seth LaRue cleared the bases with a two-run double to left-center field, providing the eventual final of 15-11.
From that point, Campbell closer Ryan Thompson retired six of his final seven batters to earn his 16th save.
Campbell manufactured three runs in the bottom of the first. Leonard reached on a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Nadolski's RBI single to center field. Parrish then executed a hit-and-run single, putting runners on the corners. The Campbell pulled off a double steal to score Nadolski and put Parrish on second. A walk and wild pitch put runners on the corners again with Seth LaRue reaching on an infield single and driving in Parrish. Chase Adkins came of the bullpen to limit the damage with a ground out and strikeout.
The Camels added a run in the second on a CCU error. With one out, Leonard and John Reilly had back-to-back singles. Nadolski reached on a fielder's choice, but a throwing error on the play allowed Leonard to score.
Coastal cut its deficit in half, 4-2, in the top of the third. Colin Hering reached on a fielder's choice, saving a potential inning-ending double play. Marks followed with a four-pitch walk and Paez brought the two home with a two-run double down the third base line.
The Chanticleer defense made four errors in the bottom of the third and Campbell scored three runs to push its lead to 7-2. Will Albertson reached on an error and LaRue was hit by a pitch. Elijah Trail loaded the bases with a bunt single. Brown hit a ground ball to first, but two errors on the play allowed two runs to score. Brooks Borders then reached on an error, allowing a third run to cross the plate.
Coastal responded in the fourth three runs to make it two-run game, 7-5, once again. Connor Owings hit a leadoff double and scored on a Tyler Chadwick single. Jake Kane followed with a single and came around to score, along with Chadwick, thanks to a two-run single by Reid Moman, his second hit of the contest.
After two scoreless innings, Campbell got its offense going again in the sixth, getting help from a sixth CCU error for the game, to take a 12-5 lead. Reilly reached on a leadoff single and, after a fly out, Parrish reached on a Chanticleer error. Albertson loaded the bases with an infield single and LaRue lined a two-run single down the left field line. Then Trail cleared the bases with a three-run home run to left field.
Owing and Moman each had three hits, while Moman drove in three and Owings two. Marks, Paez and Young each added two hits with Paez driving in two. Cole Schaefer (3-5) suffered the loss, allowing four hits and three runs in one-third of an inning.
Campbell starter Ryan Koopman was credited with the win, improving to 8-1, despite allowing nine hits and seven runs.
For Coastal, Connor Owings ended the season by reaching base safely (hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 22 straight games ... He had a hit in 18 of the 22 games and batted .351 over the span ... He additionally had 34 hits over his final 41 games ... He was the lone Chanticleer to play - and start - all 57 games this season.
Coastal Carolina is now 74-27 all-time in the Big South Championship and went 1-2 for just the second time ... CCU was 1-2 in 2006 and was 0-2 in 1993.
Michael Paez had a hit in seven of his last eight games and batted .375 over the span.
Colin Hering ended his two-year career by reaching base safely in 86 of his 111 games with an at bat and had at least one hit in 68 of his 111 games.
Tyler Chadwick had a hit in eight of his last nine games ... He started at catcher in 32 of the last 33 games and played catcher in all 33 ... He caught 288.2 of CCU's last 300.2 innings to close the season.
Jake Kane was very productive over his final 15 games, getting a hit in 13 of the contests and batting .316 over the span with 15 RBI.
Anthony Marks ended the season with a team-best seven-game hit streak and batted .387 over the span.
Tyler Herb ends his career with a 22-9 record and 3.40 ERA in 61 games (46 starts) ... He pitched 272.2 innings and struck out 210 ... His career ERA is 15th on the CCU Division I list, his 22 wins rank 13th all-time, his 46 starts rank sixth, his 272.2 innings pitched ranks 13th and his 201 strikeouts ranks 13th.