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Baseball Allows Just Four Hits in Sweep of Albany and Stony Brook at the Caravelle Resort Classic

Baseball Allows Just Four Hits in Sweep of Albany and Stony Brook at the Caravelle Resort Classic

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CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University pitching staff allowed just four hits in 16 innings of work as the 14th-ranked Chanticleers (10-1) defeated Albany (1-5) 12-0 in seven innings and Stony Brook (1-5) 9-0 on the first day of the Caravelle Resort Classic in Conway, S.C.   Five Chanticleer pitchers struck out 18 batters in the sweep. Freshman Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) struck out eight and allowed just three hits and no runs in five innings of work. Sophomore Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) matched that by allowing just one hit in seven innings of work. The lefty struck out five in picking up his second win.   Coastal Carolina scored four runs in the second against Albany. Senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) walked to open the inning. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Tommy Winegardner (St. Leonard’s, Md./Riverdale Baptist). Redshirt sophomore Evan Noell (Salem, Va./Glenvar) brought home a run with a single to left. Sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) then scored Rice on a bunt single. Coastal Carolina would eventually load the bases as senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and redshirt junior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) brought in runs on walks.   Coastal scored five runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double from Rice and a RBI singles from Noell and Bortnick. Coastal Carolina got up 12-0 in the sixth as a double from freshman Dan Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) drove in redshirt sophomore Dustin King (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest). Albany did not score in the seventh as the game was ended due to the 10-run rule after seven innings on Friday in the tournament.    Bortnick was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Noell went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.   Coastal Carolina broke through in the Stony Brook game in the third, as Rice’s laser over the left field wall gave the Chants a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Anderson singled home Gilmore to make it 2-0. Bowman and Noel then had back-to-back doubles for a 4-0 advantage. The Chants then used the longball as Bortnick’s home run in the fifth gave the Chants a five-run advantage and Gilmore’s three-run bomb in the sixth made the final 9-0.   Gilmore was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Bowman and Noel had two hits apiece. Bortnick now has an 11-game hitting streak after his home run.   Wheeler gave up a single to Pat Cantwell with one out the third for Stony Brook’s only hit of the game.   Coastal Carolina continues the Caravelle Resort Classic Saturday, March 7 against Creighton. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.