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  headlines March 27, 2009

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HONOLULU, Hawai’i – In a game that started after most fans on the East Coast were asleep, Coastal Carolina University sophomore Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) made history by throwing a no-hitter in the Chanticleers (19-4) 4-0 win over Hawai’i (13-9) March 26 in the opening game of a four-game series in Honolulu, O’ahu.    Wheeler threw the first no-hitter since Feb. 27, 2005 when Kevin Marrie threw a five-inning 14-0 no-hitter over Rider. This is the first nine-inning no-hitter in the Gary Gilmore era. It was the first no-hitter against Hawai’i since 1998 and the first on the islands against UH since 1982, a game in which the Rainbows actually defeated Hawai’i-Hilo.   Wheeler struck out 10 Rainbows in the no-hitter. The only base runners for the Rainbows were on a first-inning walk to leadoff hitter Greg Garcia, a strikeout by Jeffery Van Doornum that was a passed ball in the third and walks in the sixth to Garcia and Vinnie Catricala. Wheeler retired 12 in a row from the second to sixth innings and set down the last 10 Rainbow batters. Wheeler’s no-hitter was saved by sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) on more than one occasion. Noel chased down balls in the gap off the bat of Ryan Morford in the third and eighth innings, then had a great jump on Kevin Macdonald’s fly ball in the gap for the last out of the game, after which the Chanticleers mobbed the sophomore from Spotsylvania.   The game began as a pitcher’s duel, as Hawaii’s Jayson Kramer went through the first five innings without giving up a run. He retired 11 Chanticleers in a row from the first through fourth innings.   The Chanticleers broke through for two runs in the sixth. Sophomore Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) beat out an infield single to open the inning. Noel then sacrificed Woodward to second, but was safe on an error by Catricala. Coastal Carolina loaded the bases as senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was hit by a pitch.  Senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly to left, while redshirt junior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) brought in Noel with a single up the middle.   The Chanticleers added two runs in the eighth. With one out, Woodward hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop. He beat the throw by Greg Garcia and moved to second on his throwing error into the dugout. He would score on a single up the middle from Noel. Anderson then drove Noel home with a single in the right field gap, making it 4-0 Chants.   Offensively, Woodward was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Gilmore went 2-for-3.   Kramer was tagged with a loss, giving up five hits and an earned run in seven innings while striking out four.   The two teams will play a doubleheader Friday, March 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m. HST (9:30 p.m. EDT). The first game will be a nine-inning contest, while the nightcap will be seven innings. Fri
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