June 6, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- College of Charleston (44-17) put up an impressive offensive effort in defeating Coastal Carolina (52-8) by a 16-6 margin in the first winner's bracket game of the Myrtle Beach Regional on Saturday, June 5 at BB&T Coastal Field. The Cougars will advance now to take on the winner of Sunday's 1 p.m. elimination game between Coastal and Stony Brook at 7 p.m.
The Chanticleers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Scott Woodward doubled to left field and advanced to third on a single. Woodward scored on a sacrifice fly from Tommy La Stella.
The Cougars responded in the bottom of the first with seven runs. College of Charleston loaded the bases on three straight singles and scored two runs on back-to-back hit by pitches to Matt Leeds and Greg Blake. Jose Rodriguez then gave the Cougars a 5-1 lead as he singled to left field off Chanticleer starter Anthony Meo, bringing in Rob Kral. Baker Knox and Dre Watts both reached on fielder's choices, scoring Leeds and Rodriguez. Jamie Holler ended the inning for the Cougars by hitting a two-run homer that gave the College of Charleston a comfy 7-1 lead.
In the top of the second a walked Taylor Motter stole his away around the bases and was brought in by a Chance Gilmore grounder to center field, allowing the Chants to cut the Cougar lead 7-2, but that was all the damage that was done in the inning.
The Cougars kept building their lead in the bottom of the second as Leeds hit a two-run homer out right centerfield giving them a 9-2 lead and giving the College of Charleston their 100th homerun of the year.
Woodward opened the third inning with a walk. He stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jose Iglesias.
CofC added a two-spot in the bottom of the third as Dre Watts singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a Holler single and scored on a wild pitch. Meo was lifted for Chanticleer reliever Keith Hessler, who gave up an infield single down the third-base line by Kral, making it 11-3 Cougars.
For the fourth straight inning, the Chanticleers scored a single run in the inning with Rico Noel singling to left center and driven in on Woodward's double to left field.
Following the first scoreless inning for the Cougars, the Chanticleers narrowed the lead to five on Daniel Bowman's single up the middle. La Stella and Motter both scored to narrow the gap to 11-6 in the fifth inning. Due to lightning in the area, the game was delayed an hour and 37 minutes. After the delay, the Cougars called Casey Lucchese to the mound to finish the top of the fifth inning without any further damage.
In the bottom of the sixth, College of Charleston added three more runs to go up 15-6. Rodriguez started the scoring with a single through the left side to plate Kral. A sacrifice fly from Knox scored Leeds. Joey Bergman then drove in both Greg Blake and Rodriguez with his hit through the left side.
Huston Dodds drove in the final run of the game for CofC with his one-out single in the eighth inning.
Meo (13-2) allowed 11 runs with 10 being earned in 2.2 innings of work. The sophomore came into the contest having only allowed 18 earned runs in 90 innings pitched this season. CofC's Casey Lucchese (4-0) picked up the win with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. The junior only allowed one hit and struck out five.
College of Charleston Head Coach Monte Lee
"It was a great game for us tonight. Having the big inning in the first inning was huge for us. Coastal Carolina, being the great club that they are, stormed back and forced us to regroup. Then we had the lightning delay. Two things happened after the lightning delay that allowed us to win this ball game. First, Casey Lucchese came into pitch and really did an incredible job. I can't say enough about his performance. The second thing is we scored four runs in the sixth inning."
College of Charleston's Jose Rodriguez on beating Coastal Carolina three times this year
"We had a lot of confidence coming into the game. We play the game as hard as we can every time and today things just were all working right. Our pitching did the job, the hitting was consistent and everything just seemed to work well tonight."
College of Charleston's Casey Lucchese on keeping calm going into tomorrow
" We just need to keep the same approach tomorrow whether we play against Coastal or Stony Brook. We need a good start from our starters and just come and attack offensively the same way."
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Gary Gilmore
"They are the most challenging lineup we've faced all year outside of Virginia. They're a great lineup."
"Give CofC credit they did a great job. Every ball they hit found a hole. We've played them three times this year and have yet to have a pitchers step up. They're been better than us three times this year. If we can get something done in the first game tomorrow, then we'll see again and give it a fourth shot."
"Bottom line is they played better than us. Are they better than us man-for-man, I don't know. They played better than us so kudos to them. Tomorrow is a chance for me to coach this team more. This is the most fun team that I have coached and as long as we're not out of it and we get to keep playing we're still in it. We haven't played good against them once this season."