Coastal Carolina 10, The Citadel 2
MYRTLE BEACH — Six Coastal Carolina pitchers limited The Citadel to seven hits as the Chanticleers completed a sweep of a home-and-home series with a 10-2 win on Wednesday at TicketReturn.com Field.
The Chanticleers (17-12) beat The Citadel (16-14) for the 11th time in the past 12 meetings. The Bulldogs, who have dropped seven of their last nine games, host Elon in a three-game series that starts Friday at Riley Park.
Coastal led all the way after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first against Bulldogs starter Brett Tompkins (1-1).
The Citadel trimmed its deficit to 3-2 in the fourth. Tyler Griffin walked, Bailey Rush singled for his second hit of the game and the duo moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Johnathan Stokes got Griffin home with a groundout, and Rush came across when Jason Smith’s grounder to short was misplayed by Nick Oberg.
Mason Davis was robbed of a game-tying hit when his line drive headed for right was snagged by first baseman Will Remillard. The Bulldogs threatened for the final time in the fifth with three walks but a Rush ground out to short left the bases loaded.
The Chanticleers rebuilt their lead to three in their half of the fourth on a two-run homer to right by Ted Blackman. The designated hitter added two more RBIs with a bases-loaded single as part of a four-run seventh as Coastal blew the game open.
Tompkins (1-1) went the first four innings in his second start of the season and allowed six hits and five runs (four earned) with two walks and two strikeouts. Nate Brecklin, the last of five Bulldog hurlers, turned in 11/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief with one strikeout.
Tyler Poole (4-1) gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) in four innings for Coastal. The Citadel only had one hit over the next four innings before Bo Thompson and Griffin singled with two outs in the ninth.
Thompson’s hit in his final at bat extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 26 this season and 29 dating back to the end of the 2012 campaign. Smith got the call in center field and contributed a base hit as Hughston Armstrong was given the night off after starting the first 29 games of the year.