June 2, 2012
COLUMBIA - Tyler Herb pitched his first career complete game, allowing two hits, while Jacob May was 3-for-4 with a key three-run home run to lead Coastal Carolina to an 11-1 victory over Manhattan Saturday to stay alive in the NCAA Columbia Regional, played at Carolina Stadium.
The Chanticleers improve to 42-18 while Manhattan ends its season with a 33-27 record. Coastal will play the loser of Saturday night's Clemson-South Carolina game on Sunday at Noon. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
In addition to May's three RBI, senior Rich Witten was 2-for-4 with three RBI while Daniel Bowman was 2-for-3 to inch closer to yet another record, needing two hits to tie the Big South career record of 310.
Herb (9-2) walked the first batter of the game and he reached third before May tracked down a deep fly ball for the third out. In the second inning, Herb gave up a one-out double and hit a batter before getting the third out. However, a brief visit from pitching coach Drew Thomas settled Herb down and the sophomore sat down nine of his next 10. After allowing a leadoff walk in the sixth, with that runner scoring on an error, Herb sat down 12 of his final 13, allowing a single in the ninth, to get the win.
Herb, who struck out five, became the fourth Chanticleer to throw a complete game in an NCAA Regional, joining Scott Sturkie (versus Georgia Tech in 2001), Seamus Donovan (versus Louisville in 2002) and Cody Wheeler (versus Stony Brook in 2010).
Coastal got on the scoreboard first. Ted Blackman had a leadoff single, moved to second on a balk and took third on a bunt single by May. Bowman's fly ball to center was deep enough to score Blackman, giving Bowman his 205th career RBI.
However, Jasper starter Scott McClennan (2-6) settled in and matched Herb for the next four innings, allowing just two hits over the span. McClennan would suffer the loss, allowing six hits and three runs with no walks and two strikeouts.
Manhattan, who only managed two hits in an opening-round loss to top seed South Carolina, broke through to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning, scoring without the benefit of a hit. Nick Camastro drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Kyle Murphy laid down a sacrifice bunt. However, on the play, a throwing error allowed Murphy to reach and Camastro to score from second.
Coastal answered back in the home half of the sixth. May had a leadoff single and moved to third on Bowman's double to left field. Witten drove in May with a sacrifice fly to center, which was also deep enough to advance Bowman to third. Alex Buccilli welcomed new pitcher Mike Giordano with a sacrifice fly to right-center, plating Bowman for a 3-1 advantage.
The Chants broke it open in the seventh, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring six runs to go up 9-1. Tripp Martin got it started with a leadoff double. After a sacrifice bunt moved Martin up 90 feet, Blackman reached on a walk. May cleared the bases with a three-run home run to right field. The blast was May's second of the year and third of his career. Bowman then singled, stole second and scored on Witten's RBI single to center. Witten followed suit, stealing second and scoring on Buccilli's RBI double. After a Tucker Frawley single put runners on the corners, Justin Creel drove in Buccilli with a sacrifice fly.
Coastal padded its lead in the eighth. Pruett walked and May was hit by a pitch. Adam Eggnatz plated Pruett with May taking third on the play. Witten delivered a two-strike single through the right side of the infield to score May and give Coastal an 11-1 lead.