Baseball Hangs on for an 8-7 Win over Creighton at the Caravelle Resort Classic

Baseball Hangs on for an 8-7 Win over Creighton at the Caravelle Resort Classic

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CONWAY, S.C. – The 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (11-1) turned four huge double plays and the Chanticleers held off a ninth-inning Creighton (2-9) rally to win 8-7 March 7 in game six of the Caravelle Resort Classic in Conway, S.C.


Coastal Carolina scored two huge insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.  Senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) singled home redshirt junior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia), who walked and went to second on a balk.  Anderson would go to second on a wild pitch and score as freshman Taylor Motter’s (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) hit a hot shot that bounced over third baseman Jimmy Swift’s head for a single.  That gave the Chants an 8-5 lead. 


Creighton made things interesting in the ninth.  Junior Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) gave up a leadoff double to Robbie Knight.  After getting Elliot Soto to fly out, Darin Ruf hit a line drive home run down the left field line, cutting the Coastal Carolina lead to 8-7.  Vicente Cafaro reached on an infield single and T.J. Roemmich reached on a catcher’s interference, but McCully would bear down, striking out Jimmy Swift and Dan Blair looking to end the game.


Creighton scored an unearned run in the first off redshirt junior starter Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).  With one out, Soto doubled down the left field line.  He moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a single by Ruff.  The Chanticleers answered with five runs in the bottom of the first.  Sophomore Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) started off the inning with a walk.  He moved to third on a double by senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).  Junior Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s) brought in a run with a groundout.  The Chants took a 2-1 lead on an infield single from junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.).  Coastal Carolina made it a 5-1 advantage on a three-run home run from freshman Dan Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby).


Creighton took two innings to tie the game at five.  Roemmich led off the second with a solo home run to cut the lead to 5-2.  In the third, Knight singled and moved to second on a Soto groundout. Ruf then doubled down the left field line to score Knight.  With two outs, Roemmich single to right to score Ruf and Carson Vitale tied the game at five on a single that scored Roemmich. 


Coastal Carolina broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth as Anderson doubled down the left field line to score Rice.


Creighton left nine men on base, while Coastal Carolina turned double plays in the first, second, sixth and seventh innings.


Redshirt senior Kent Altman (Conway, S.C./Conway) earned the win in relief, striking out four in 3.1 innings.  McCully earned his third save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings pitched.  The loss fell to starter Greg Hallhake, who struck out five and gave up six hits and six runs in 5.1 innings.


Bowman was 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Anderson and Bortnick had two hits apiece.  For Creighton, Ruf was 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Knight went 3-for-5.


Coastal Carolina ends the Caravelle Resort Classic Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m., against Stony Brook.



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