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Baseball's Win Streak Snapped with a 12-8 Loss at High Point

Baseball's Win Streak Snapped with a 12-8 Loss at High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (30-8, 10-3 Big South) had its 11-game winning streak snapped at High Point (15-19, 8-9 Big South) 12-8 April 18 in High Point, N.C., in the second game of a three-game Big South series. High Point scored multiple runs in five of its eight innings while the Chanticleers gave up double-digit runs for just the third time this season.   Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) led off the game with a double past High Point third baseman Eric Marion. Noel moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) and scored on a single by senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). Bortnick would then trot home on senior David Anderson’s (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) 13th home run of the season. It also was Anderson’s 42nd career home run as a Chanticleer.   High Point struck back with two runs in the first. Jeff Cowan walked to open the frame. Alfie Wheeler then singled to center field. Cowan moved to third on the play and would score on a Noel throwing error. Wheeler moved to third on the error and scored on a groundout from Bill Manion.   High Point took the lead in the second inning. Spencer Andrews reached on an error from freshman Taylor Motter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) to lead off the inning. After a fielder’s choice on a bunt attempt put a runner on first with one out, Pablo Rosario was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a double steal and Marion would score on single from Jeff Cowan. Wheeler then gave the Panthers the 4-3 lead with a double in the right field gap off redshirt junior Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).    Anderson belted his second home run of the game, 14th of the season and 43rd of his career in the bottom of the third to make it 6-4 Chanticleers. His blast would score Noel and Rice, who was hit by a pitch and walked, respectively. Anderson also is tied for third in the Big South career home run list with Liberty’s Steve Wright (1993-98).   High Point scored multiple runs in its third straight inning, plating three in the third. Kyle Mahoney and Max Fulginiti both doubled to lead off the frame. Andrews singled to put runners on first and second. Both runners would move up a base on a sacrifice from Manion. Rosario then reached on an error from freshman Steve Davis (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville), scoring both runners and giving the Panthers a 7-6 lead.   The Panthers kept swinging in the fourth, scoring three more runs to go up 10-6.  Manion doubled and went to third on a single from Mahoney. Fulginiti brought in Manion with a single and Manion had the big hit, a two-run single to left that scored Fulginiti and Andrews.   Coastal Carolina cut the Panther lead to 10-7 in the fifth. Bortnick singled with one out, moved to second on an Anderson walk, went to third on a single from freshman Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) and scored on a sacrifice fly from redshirt junior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia).   In the sixth, the Chants used some two-out magic for a run.  Noel reached on a bunt single and moved to second on an error by Cowan. Noel scored on a single to left center by Rice. High Point made it 12-8 in the bottom of the sixth. Fulginiti was hit by a pitch with one out. He went to second on an Andrews single. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Fulginiti scored on a double steal as part of a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by Marion. Andrews would score on a double to left by Rosario.   Anderson was 3-for-3 with a season-high five runs-batted-in. Noel, Davis and Bortnick had two hits apiece. For High Point, Fulginiti was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI while Mahoney had three hits.   Junior Caleb Cuevas (Fletcher, N.C./Louisburg J.C.) was tagged with the loss. He gave up five earned runs and seven hits in 2.1 innings. Fleet started the game for Coastal Carolina. He gave up three earned runs in 1.1 innings.  Sophomore Matt Rein (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek) struck out five in 2.1 innings.   Jamie Serber earned the win for High Point. He allowed seven runs and 10 hits in six innings. Swickle earned the save, striking out two in three innings.   The two teams will wrap up the three-game series with the rubber match Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.