CLEMSON, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University baseball team (15-4) had three hits and a home run from junior Brett Gordon (Sonora, Calif./Merced J.C.), but four home runs from Clemson University (7-7) lifted the Tigers to a 9-4 March 16, in Clemson, S.C. The loss snapped the eight-game winning streak by the Chants.
Clemson opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Tony Sipp led off the inning with a single to center and was quickly brought home on a two-run home run fromTravis Storrer. Sophomore Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) got out of a no-out, first-and-second jam with two pop ups and a fielders choice groundout. Sipp and Storrer came back in the second with a single and double, respectively, but Costanzo struck out Brad McCann looking to end the threat. Andy DAlessio went deep in the third for Clemson to right center, making the score 3-0 Tigers.
Coastal got one back in the fifth on a solo shot to the opposite field by junior Brett Gordon (Sonora, Calif./Merced J.C.). Clemson answered in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run by John Ingram.
In the seventh, freshman Chris Raber (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall) opened the inning with a bunt single to third. Raber moved to second on a stolen base and went to third on an error by the catcher. Raber scored when Gordon singled to right field.
Clemson scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, DAlessio walked and Russell Tripplet singled to second base on a very close call at first. Clemson had the double steal on and scored when pinch runner Daniel Pritchard slid under the tag. Tripplett went to third and then scored on a balk from junior Byron Binda (Stafford, Va./North Stafford). The Chants started a comeback in the eighth. Sophomore Michael DeJesus (Manapalan, N.J./East Carolina) hit a one-out double and scored when Costanzos liner to first was misplayed. Raber singled to move Costanzo to second Gordon brought in Costanzo with a two-out single to right. Clemson reliever Patrick Hogan got the Tigers out of the jam, striking out junior Jason Krohn (Gresham, Ore./Lower Columbia College).
Clemson added insurance in the eighth on a three-run home run from Brad McCann.
Costanzo took the loss for Coastal, going five innings, giving up eight hits, four runs and striking out two Tigers.
Gordon was 3-of-4 with three RBI. Junior Brett Grandstrand (Newcastle, Wash./Liberty), DeJesus and Raber had two hits apiece.
Coastal will have a week off before returning to action Tuesday, March 23, against Kent State University. Game time is at 6 p.m.