CONWAY, S.C. – The 19th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (30-11) surrendered a season-high 17 runs in a 17-11 loss to the College of Charleston (24-15) April 22 in Conway, S.C. The Chanticleers fell for the fourth straight game, which is a season high.
Joey Bergman’s solo home run in the first gave the Cougars an early 1-0 lead, but the Chanticleers came back with four in the bottom of the first. Junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) singled with one out. He would move to second on senior Tyler Bortnick’s (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) single and both runners would trot home on senior David Anderson’s (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) 15th home run of the season. It also was his 44th career home run and he is now one home run away from tying Mike Costanzo’s career mark for second place on the Chants all-time list. Redshirt junior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) would walk, steal second and score on junior Jose Iglesias’ (Miami, Fla./St. John’s) single to left field.
Cole Rakar hit a two run home run in the second to cut the Coastal Carolina lead to 4-3. Coastal Carolina answered back with a run as sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
Clay McCord led off the Cougar third with a double. He would score on a Bergman double. Brandon Sizemore then singled and Bergman would score on a sacrifice fly from Joash Brodin. The Cougars would load the bases with singles from Ryan Daniels and Matt Mansilla and Sizemore would score on a bases-loaded walk to Greg Blake. The College of Charleston would then make it 7-5 as Rakar’s sacrifice fly to right scored Daniels.
Coastal Carolina would score two in the third on Rice’s two-run single to center field. The Cougars would then break the seven-all tie in the fourth. McCord reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on a Brodin single. Daniels doubled to put runners on second and third. Mansilla hit a fly to left that fell in front of three Chanticleers, scoring two runs on the play. Coastal Carolina again came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Iglesias hit his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored freshman Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby).
Both teams did not score in the fifth, but the Cougars had a big four-run sixth inning that was highlighted by five straight walks to open the frame. Blake then served a double to left that scored the other two runs. The Cougars tacked on two runs in the seventh on a triple from Brodin and a single by Daniels. McCord’s ground out to second in the eighth inning scored Rakar and made it 17-9.
The Chants scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Bowman doubled to left field to score Bortnick in the eighth, while Bortnick’s single to center field brought in Rice in the ninth.
Rice had four hits to lead the Chanticleers. Anderson and Iglesias drove in three runs apiece, while Bortnick and Bowman had three hits. For the College of Charleston, Mansilla was 4-for-6 with two runs scored, while Bergman went 3-for-4 with four runs scored.
The loss went to freshman Tommy Winegardner (St. Leonard, Md./Riverdale Baptist), who allowed six runs and four hits in two-plus innings. Senior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallkill) started for the Chants. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in three innings. Freshman Brad Goldberg (Beachwood, Ohio/Beachwood) struck out the side in the ninth inning.
Kevin Decker earned the win on the mound for the Cougars. He struck out seven and gave up 11 hits and seven earned runs in 5.2 innings.
Coastal Carolina travels to Clinton, S.C., to start a three-game Big South series at Presbyterian. The first game is Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m.