The Caravelle Resort Tournament is over and Coastal Carolina is now 1-2. The Chanticleers lost to Virginia 9-3 and Boston College 8-3. I’m spending the day getting ready for a trial tomorrow so here are a few brief notes about the games.
The short version is that the Coastal bullpen couldn’t hold onto a 2-0 lead and the offense failed to capitalize on a combination of a few timely hits and walks. The Cavaliers did just that.
The Chanticleers started the same lineup they used in game one.
Junior RHP Josh Conway made his debut for the Chants and went five scoreless innings. He struck out two and gave up three hits. Although Conway didn’t surrender any runs, he did struggle at times as he walked five. After Coastal went up 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Gilmore went to the bullpen to start off the sixth inning.
Junior RHP Aaron Burke came in to start the sixth. He gave up singles to the first two Cavalier batters and the third laid down a bunt and reached on an errant throw. Freshman Austin Kerr came in next and got a taste of true pressure when he made his debut with the bases loaded and no outs.
Kerr induced a pop up and catcher Tucker Frawley made a spectacular catch at the backstop for the first out. Kerr followed that up with a walk and a strikeout before giving way to another freshman reliever. Patrick Corbett came on to record a strikeout with three pitches and end the inning with a 2-1 Chanticleer lead.
Virginia put the game out of contention with a three-run home run in the seventh inning.
Coastal went to another freshman reliever in Javier Reynoso in the eighth. Inexplicably, the Cavaliers went yard again for another three-run homer. RHP Woody Nisbet came on in the 9th to finish the game for the Chanticleers.
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The Eagles definitely played better than expected and finished the tournament undefeated at 3-0. The short story for the Chanticleers is in the box score. They committed four errors while giving up nine hits.
Coastal used the same starting lineup with exception of Keith Picconi at second and Luke Willis at center field, replacing the injured Jacob May.
Freshman LHP Ben Smith started on the hill for Coastal and went 3.1 innings giving up six hits and one walk. Devon Bradley came on for 2.2 innings and Austin Wallace went the remaining three to close out the game.
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Coastal Carolina returns to action in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament beginning this Friday. The Chanticleers play Iowa, Va. Tech and N.C. State.