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Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader of Radford; Takes All Three Games of the Series

Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader of Radford; Takes All Three Games of the Series

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CONWAY, S.C. – The 19th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (29-7, 9-2 Big South) extended its winning streak to 10 games and completed a three-game sweep of Big South foe Radford (14-14, 7-6 Big South) by winning both games of a doubleheader 10-1 and 14-2 April 11 in Conway, S.C.   Radford’s Alex Gregory opened the scoring for Radford as he led off the top of the second with a solo home run, but Coastal Carolina would score the next 10 runs in the opener. Freshman Steve Davis (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) hit his first career home run, a shot to center field, to tie the game at one. Sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) then was hit by a Shane Pysh pitch, stole second, went to third on a throwing error by Robert Lamas, and then scored on a wild pitch.   Coastal Carolina made it 6-1 in the third. Junior Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s) singled and scored on a triple from freshman Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby). Freshman Taylor Motter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) then brought in a run with a single. The big blow came on redshirt freshman Tucker Frawley’s (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) first career home run,a two-run shot to left field.   In the fifth, Davis doubled home Bowman to make it 7-1 Coastal Carolina. A two-run single from senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) in the sixth extended the lead to 9-1, while senior Tyler Bortnick’s (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) eighth home run concluded the scoring.   Bowman and Bortnick had three hits apiece for Coastal Carolina, while Frawley, Anderson and Davis drove in a pair. For Radford, five players had a hit apiece.   Redshirt junior Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) improved to 5-2 after pitching five innings and allowing just one run and three hits. Junior Caleb Cuevas (Fletcher, N.C./Louisburg J.C.) earned his second save of the season, pitching the final four innings and striking out five Highlanders. Pysh was tagged with the loss, allowing six earned runs and nine hits in five innings.   Coastal Carolina would belt out six home runs in game two, starting with Noel’s leadoff home run in the first. Bortnick would single and score on Anderson’s 12th home run of the year. Redshirt sophomore Dustin King (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest) then went deep for the second time this season, making it 4-0 Chants.   Junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) brought in Davis with a single in the second. He then hit his fifth home run of the year in the fourth; a two-run shot that made it 7-0 Coastal Carolina.    Radford would score two runs in the fifth. Carl Travers, Brett Mollenhauer and Tyren Rivers had back-to-back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Matt Hillsinger brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, while Mollenhauer scored on a wild pitch from freshman Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West).   Bowman led off the fifth with a solo home run to make it 8-2 Chanticleers. Anderson then brought in a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Bortnick.   The Chants ended the scoring in the eighth, scoring five runs. Redshirt freshman Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) hit a two-run home run, his first of the season. Coastal Carolina would load the bases and score a run on redshirt sophomore Evan Noell’s (Salem, Va./Glenvar) bases-loaded walk. Davis then brought in two runs with a double to center field.   Meo moved to 5-0 after pitching 5.2 innings and allowing two runs and six hits with five strikeouts. The relief of sophomore Matt Rein (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek) freshman Tommy Winegardner (St. Leonard, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and redshirt senior Kent Altman (Conway, S.C./Conway) struck out six Highlanders. The loss went to Abram Williams. He allowed nine hits and seven runs in four innings of work.   The top three of the Chanticleer lineup – Noel, Rice and Bortnick – had two hits apiece for Coastal Carolina. Davis joined them in the two-hit club. Rice and Anderson had three RBI apiece. For Radford, eight of the nine starters had a hit apiece.   Coastal Carolina will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to face the University of Virginia Tuesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. Radford hosts Longwood the same day at 3 p.m.