Baseball Opens Season with 8-1 Win over North Florida


Baseball Opens Season with 8-1 Win over North Florida

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CONWAY, S.C. – Sophomore David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Graham) was a home run away from the cycle and senior Andy DeLaGarza (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) started his fourth and final season by not allowing a run in seven innings as the Coastal Carolina University baseball team (1-0) defeated North Florida (0-1) 8-1 in game two of the Springmaid Beach Resort Tournament Feb. 9 in Conway, S.C.

After DeLaGarza retired the Ospreys in order, Sappelt opened the Coastal first with a double down the left field line. He scored off of two sacrifice bunts by senior Dom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll) and classmate Chris Raber (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall). Coastal made it 4-0 after two innings. Senior Matt Rademacher (Bay City, Mich./Michigan) opened the second with a double and went to third on a single from junior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill). Martin drove in Rademacher with a sacrifice fly to right. Sappelt then brought home a pair with a triple off the wall in left center field.

The game remained at 4-0 until the sixth, when Coastal scored a pair. Raber walked to open the inning. He stole second and went to third on a flyout from sophomore David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll). Rademacher walked and Baldridge was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Raber and Rademacher then came home on a failed pickoff attempt by Osprey catcher James Belyea.

DeLaGarza gave way in the eighth inning to sophomore Kent Altman (Conway, S.C./Conway) The senior lefty went seven innings, giving up five hits and striking out three to earn his 12th career win.

Coastal added insurance in the eighth as Martin’s single to right scored Rademacher and Anderson. UNF avoided the shutout in the ninth as Preston Hale drove in Paul Morales on a groundout.

Sappelt went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run. Five other Coastal players had one hit apiece, while Martin drove in three runs.

North Florida’s Brad Johnson pitched the first five-plus innings, giving up four earned runs and five hits to take the loss. Belyea led the Ospreys with three hits, while Morales was 2-for-2 in a defensive replacement role.

In game one of the tournament, Virginia defeated Elon 10-3.

Coastal will take on Elon Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The Virginia-North Florida game will follow at 3:30 p.m.