Baseball Defeats Western Carolina 7-1 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) gave up just one run in eight innings and the Coastal Carolina University baseball team (7-1) scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings in defeating Western Carolina (3-4) 7-1 March 2 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament at BB&T Coastal Field. Sophomore Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) had four runs-batted-in for the Chanticleers in the win.
Western Carolina’s Nick Liles took Anderson’s first pitch to the gap in left field for a double, but Anderson would pick him off at second base. Coastal retired the next two Catamounts to get out of the frame. Western would take advantage of a one-out single in the second. Brent Greer singled to left and moved to second on a groundout by Ryan Mathews. Tyler Kirkpatrick would serve a single through the left side, scoring Greer and giving the Catamounts the 1-0 lead.
Coastal was held without a hit until the fifth, when the Chants came through with three runs off two hits. Sophomore Ricky Grice (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) singled with one out. Freshman Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) then was hit by a pitch. Both runners would score on a double down the right field line by Gilmore. Gilmore would move to third on a groundout from junior David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C./Southern Alamance) and would score on a wild pitch from Garrett Ozar.
Coastal would score four unearned runs in the sixth to take a 7-1 lead. Ozar retired the first two hitters, but junior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) would beat out an infield single. He would then go to third as Grice reached on a throwing error from Liles. Witten then singled through the right side, scoring Bortnick. Gilmore would have his second two-run double of the game, this time over the leftfielder’s head, making it 6-0 Coastal. Sappelt would bring in Gilmore on a double to right center, giving the Chants the six-run lead.
Gilmore was 2-for-3 with the two doubles, while Grice and Witten scored two runs. For Western, Liles was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Ozar took the loss on the mound for the Catamounts, giving up three earned runs and six hits in seven innings.
Anderson had two strikeouts and did not allow a walk in the eight innings.