Baseball Falls to the College of Charleston 13-12 in an 11-Inning Marathon
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – In a wild 4:32 game, the 26th ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (4-1) fell to the College of Charleston (4-0) 13-12 in 11 innings at Patriots Point Stadium. Coastal had a five-run lead heading into the ninth, but the Cougars stormed back with five in the ninth. The two teams matched a single run in the 10th with the Cougars scoring in the 11th for the win.
In an eerily similar situation to last year’s game at BB&T Coastal Field, the home team came up with a big bottom of the ninth. This time it was the College of Charleston. Stuart Haywood led off the inning with a double. Junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) retired the next two batters, but walked Michael Harrington. Jeremie Tice singled in two runs and Gabe Marchant took the first pitch he saw over the fence in left to make it 11-10 Coastal. Michael Kohn walked, Clay McCord and Matt Leeds singled to tie the game at 11. Andrelczyk struck out Haywood to extend the game into extra innings.
Coastal came back with a run in the 10th as junior Tyler Bortnick’s (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) fielder’s choice brought in junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway), but a Brandon Sizemore home run to center tied the game at 12 and sent the game to the 11th. Cole Raker then brought in Marchant with a single for the winning run.
Coastal would start the scoring in the second. With one out, senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) doubled to right center. He then moved to third on a double from sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.). Cougar starter Jake Goldberg struck out Bortnick, but senior Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell) singled past the first baseman to put Coastal up 2-0.
The Cougars cut Coastal’s lead in half in the bottom of the second. Michael Harrington led off the inning with a single. After freshman Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) struck out Jeremie Tice, Doyle picked off Harrington. Wheeler walked Jedd Cordisco and a balk moved him to second. Cordisco would score on a single from Michael Kohn. Kohn moved to third on a single from Matt Mansilla, but Wheeler struck out Austin Morgan looking as the Chants kept the lead.
The College of Charleston took the lead in the fourth, scoring two runs with two outs. After Wheeler got Harrington to line out and Tice to fly out, he walked Cordisco. Kohn then took Wheeler’s first pitch over the fence in right field for a 3-2 lead.
Coastal kept it at 3-2 by getting out of a huge jam in the fifth. Stuart Haywood singled to open the inning. He moved to second on a walk to Mike Hentz. Senior Joey Haug (Holt, Mo./Maple Woods C.C.) came in and Doyle got the lead runner at third on a failed sacrifice bunt from Brandon Sizemore. Haug then induced Harrington into a double play to end the inning.
Martin came through for the Chants again in the sixth as CCU grabbed the 4-3 lead. Doyle reached on an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error by Tice. With one out, Rice walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Bortnick walked to load the bases and Martin singled home a pair of runs for the one-run lead.
Coastal came up with four big runs in the seventh to take an 8-3 lead. Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) reached on a throwing error by Hentz with one out. He would score on a Doyle double. After Baldridge walked, Rice brought everyone home with a blast over the left field wall.
Harrington made it an 8-6 game with one swing of the bat, a shot to right off sophomore Jeremiah Meiners (Silver Spring, Md./St. Albans) in the seventh. In the top of the eighth, sophomore Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) led off the inning with an infield single. Gilmore went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance). Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) hit a grounder to second as Gilmore went home. The throw was late and Coastal led 9-6. Woodward had his eighth stolen base and came home on a double from Anderson.
Coastal added an insurance run in the ninth as with the bases loaded and one out, the Cougars looked to turn a double play, but Harrington dropped the throw at first base, scoring Bortnick.
Wheeler went four-plus innings, allowing six hits and three runs with four strikeouts and four walks. The loss went to Altman, who gave up two runs in 1.1 innings. Haug struck out a batter and did not allow a hit in 2.2 innings. Junior Jeff Richard (West Bloomfield, Mich./Central Michigan) had three strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Andrelczyk surrendered five runs and struck out a pair in one inning.
The win went to Jesse Simpson, who struck out four in two innings. Jake Goldberg gave up six hits and had five strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Martin was 2-for-5 with four RBI for the Chants. Rice had two hits and three RBI for Coastal, while Doyle scored three runs to go along with two hits. For the Cougars, Harrington and Kohn had three RBI apiece.
Coastal will take part in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament Feb. 29-March 2 at BB&T Coastal Field. The Chanticleers will face Marshall Friday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m.