Coastal Baseball Snaps skids big with 14-3 road win at App State

BOONE, North Carolina – The Coastal Carolina baseball team rode a three-game losing skid Thursday night as the Chanticleers used a nine-run ninth inning in a blowout 14-3 road win at Appalachian State in Game 1 of three-game Sun Belt Lecture Series in Boone, North Carolina

With the win, the Chants improved to 17-13-1 overall and 6-6-1 in the league, while the loss dropped the Mountaineers to 11-20 overall and 3-10 in the Sun Belt.

The CCU attack was led by the outfielder Graham Brown (2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, SF, SAC, 3 RBI, 4 RBI) who scored a career-high four runs and had two great plays in right field, while fellow outfielder Austin White (3-for-4, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, run, SB) reached base five times in the win.

As hot on the plate Thursday night were lucky nick (2 for 5, 2 RBI, run), Tyler Johnson (2 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Matt McDermott (2 for 5, HR, RBI, 2 runs, SB) as the trio combined to drive five RBIs on the night.

App State’s offense had eight hits but was limited to just three runs, all of which came in the fourth inning. Receiver Hayden Cross (1-for-4, 2G, RBI, run) and outfielder Hunter Bryson (1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI, run) each had an RBI double, while outfielder Andrew Greckel (2-for -4, RBI) also led in a losing run.

On the mound, redshirt-senior Reid Van Scoter (6-2) picked up his sixth win and fifth quality start to the season, as the southpaw allowed just three runs on five hits, one walk, one hit and three strikeouts in 6.0 full sleeves.

Coming out of the bullpen, the duo of Jacob Maton (IP 2.0, 2 results, K) and Teddy Sharkey (1.0 IP, 1 hit, K) combined to pitch 3.0 scoreless innings through the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of the win.
The loss fell to Mountaineers reliever Cameron Carter (1-3), as he took over in the sixth inning, allowing three runs on three hits and a battering hit in just 1.0 innings of work. Starter Tyler Tuthill didn’t consider the decision despite throwing 5.0 full innings, giving up two runs on four hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

The Chanticleers threatened in each of the first three innings, putting the first batter in scoring position in all three frames, but only managed to get a run past the top of the third on back-to-back doubles by Brown and White. take a 1-0 lead.

App State’s offense erupted in the bottom of the fourth inning, as a hit-per-pitch started the Mountaineers’ rally, as the home team hit three straight RBI base hits with doubles straight and a single to retire ahead by two at 3-1 going into the fifth inning of play.

Coastal again put the first runner on base in the top of the fifth, as Brown walked. After a strikeout and a fly-out, Brown moved to second base on wild pitch before Lucky singled to center field to drive his teammate in and cut the Mountaineers’ lead to one to 3. -2 halfway through the contest.

After a 1-2-3 inning late in the fifth, in which VanScoter retired the team in the inning, the Chanticleers regained the lead with a three-run sixth inning, highlighted by a solo home run from McDermott, a sacrifice fly off the bat from Brown and a two-out RBI single from White to push the visitors in black ahead at 5-3.

CCU’s Maton threw around a single in the seventh and a double in the eighth, in which a bustle play from Brown into right field and an excellent throw to third base from the infielder Dale Thomas got the App State batter trying to get to third base on the play to keep the Chants up 5-3 going into ninth.

The Chants opened the game in broad daylight in the top of the ninth, as the visitors took advantage of three state enforcement errors and three infield singles, as Lucky and Thomas posted back-to-back hits laden with bases to score two runs ahead of Johnson. went back with a single across the left side of the infield to tackle two more Chants and make it 9-3.

Three batters later, on a bloop-single and a fielder’s choice, Kameron Guangorena returned a fly ball against the wall in left center field that was dropped by the App State outfielder to allow the three runners to score and extend the Chants’ lead to 12-3.

On the very next pitch, Brown hit a ball up the wall and out of the park into left center field for a two-run shot, his third home run of the season, to push the lead into double digits to 14. -3.

The Chanticleers blocked six runners on base to the Mountaineers’ seven and got the first batter on base in six of nine innings for the win.

Both teams will play Game 2 of the three-game series tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET at Smith Stadium.

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