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Rice Hits for Cycle as Baseball Defeats VMI 20-7; Sunday's Game Moved to 1 p.m

Rice Hits for Cycle as Baseball Defeats VMI 20-7; Sunday's Game Moved to 1 p.m

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CONWAY, S.C. – Junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) hit for the cycle, leading a 24-hit output by the 23rd-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (37-13, 16-5 Big South) in a 20-7 win over VMI May 9 in Conway, S.C.   Rice became the first Chanticleers to hit for the cycle since David Sappelt did the trick April 14, 2007at High Point. Rice singled in the first inning, driving in sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton). He doubled in his second at-bat in the first, scoring redshirt sophomore Dustin King (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest). In the second, Rice homered to left center, his sixth of the season. Rice completed the cycle in the fourth inning, tripling to straightaway center field. Rice was 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.   The Chanticleers sent 15 men to the plate in the first inning. Noel doubled and scored on the Rice single. Senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll), senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), freshman Daniel Bowman (Bridgwater, Va./Turner Ashby) and freshman Taylor Motter (North Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) all singled, making it 4-0 Coastal Carolina. Junior Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s) then doubled to bring in two runs. King would single through the right side, scoring Iglesias. That singled would knock out VMI starter Travis Smink. Michael Devine came in and retired the next two Chants, but run-scoring hits from Rice and Anderson made it 9-0 Chanticleers after one.   The Rice home run made it 12-0 after two innings. Freshman Steve Davis (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) also drove in Iglesias on a fielder’s choice. VMI scored its first run in the third as Jacob Morley led off the inning with a home run to the gap in left field. A.J. Yoder then singled, moved to second and third on wild pitches and scored on a Sam Roberts single.    Coastal Carolina answered with a run in the third as a groundout by Iglesias brought in Bortnick. VMI would make things interesting in the fifth, as the Keydets scored five runs. Morley walked and went to second on a Biagini walk. VMI loaded the bases on a Jordan Ballard single. Roberts continued his hot night, singling to left to score Morley. Graham Sullivan then had the big hit, a triple to right center. Sullivan would then score on a throwing error from freshman Tommy Winegardner (St. Leonard, Md./Riverdale Baptist), making it 13-7 Coastal Carolina.   Davis would score a run in the sixth, as he reached on a fielder’s choice, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. The Chanticleers blew the game open in the seventh. Bortnick led off the inning with his 10th home run of the season. Winegardner then doubled down the right field line. He would score on a single from redshirt freshman Tucker Frawley (Lexington, S.C./Lexington). Coastal Carolina would load the bases as King walked and Davis singled to center field. Pinch hitter Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) then cleared the bases with a double to right field. Anderson then tripled down the right field line, making it 20-7 Coastal Carolina.   The win went to junior Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic), who went seven innings and allowed eight hits and six earned runs while striking out six. Smink was tagged with the loss, allowing eight straight hits and eight runs.   Rice and Bortnick had four hits apiece, while Anderson was 3-for-6 with two RBI. Roberts was a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI for VMI.   The second game of the series has been moved up to 1 p.m., EST, due to the forecast of severe weather in the Conway area on Sunday.