Coastal Carolina, Liberty and VMI Pick Up Wins Tuesday

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COASTAL CAROLINA 10, CLEMSON 7 | BOX SCORE
Coastal Carolina overcame a four-error sixth inning to score five unanswered in the seventh and eighth innings and the CCU seniors - Daniel Bowman, Rich Witten and Tucker Frawley - led the Chanticleers (27-13) to a 10-7 win at #30 Clemson (24-18) Tuesday night at Kingsmore Stadium.

Bowman, who took sole possession of two more CCU records Tuesday, went 3-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and four runs scored. After Clemson scored its five runs in the sixth, Bowman quickly swung the momentum back in Coastal's favor with a leadoff double in the seventh. Witten, who had three RBI over the seventh and eighth innings, was 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored. Frawley, who threw out a base runner, went 3-for-5 with three RBI. (NOTE: Frawley has now thrown out seven of his last eight base runners, 12 of his last 18 and 19 of 34 this season. Dating back to last season, April 5 at Clemson, he has thrown out 30 of his last 56.)

Clemson would threaten in the bottom of the ninth, getting a leadoff walk and single. However, Chanticleer freshman Ben Smith came out of the bullpen to record a strikeout, a fly out and a strikeout to earn his first career save.

Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. With one out, Ted Blackman singled and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Bowman. With the hit, Bowman took sole possession of the CCU all-time total bases record with 474. Alex Buccilli brought home Blackman with an RBI ground out.

The Tigers scored two in the in the third. After Garrett Boulware and Jason Stoltz drew leadoff walks and both would score. Steve Wilkerson moved the two up with a sacrifice bunt and Thomas Brittle plated Boulware with an RBI ground out. Ted Blackman nearly limited the damage to one run but the ball popped out of his glove on a diving play, giving Phil Pohl an RBI double.

Coastal got that run back and added another in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Bowman had an infield single - setting another CCU record in the process as it was his 881st career at bat. Witten walked and Frawley loaded the bases with a single to left. Sloan Gilliam got an easy RBI, drawing a bases loaded walk to force home Bowman. Witten then scored on a Justin Creel sacrifice fly to center field.

The Chants pushed their advantage to 5-2 in the fifth. Jacob May had a leadoff double. After a sacrifice bunt, Bowman and Buccilli walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Frawley lined a 1-2 pitch to centerfield, driving in May and Bowman.

Four errors by Coastal in the sixth led to five runs by Clemson to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead. Pohl popped up to second, but a drop allowed him to reach. After a single by Jon McGibbon put runners on the corners, Spencer Kieboom singled to score McGibbon. Jay Baum grounded to first. However, a throwing error allowed Pohl to score and once again put runners on the corners. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt put runners on second and third and pinch hitter Mike Dunster walked to load the bases. Stolz grounded to the pitcher and Burke got the out at home. However, on the attempt to turn a double play, the throw hit Stolz, resulting in an error and a run. Wilkerson drove in the fourth run of the inning with a ground out with Brittle capping the scoring with an RBI single.

Coastal answered with a run in the seventh to make the score 7-6. Bowman had a leadoff double, his 50th career two-bagger, and Buccilli singled to put runners on third and first. Witten's chopper up the middle got through to drive in Bowman. Coastal would put runners on second a third before Patrick Andrews got a strikeout, walk and strikeout to end the inning.

In the eighth, Coastal sent nine men to the plate, scoring four times to make the score 10-7. May was hit by a pitch and Blackman singled to center. On the play, May took third and the throw by Clemson was high, allowing May to score and Blackman to take third. After Bowman was hit by pitch and he stole second, Witten ripped a two-run double down the left field line. Frawley welcomed new pitcher Scott Firth with an RBI single.

Coastal starter Javier Reynoso pitched a career high, going five-plus innings. The freshman would have gotten at least one out in the sixth, had the pop fly to open the inning not been dropped. He would not factor in the decision, allowing four hits, five runs (two earned) and three walks with a strikeout. Aaron Burke tried to limit the damage, but had three errors behind him in the sixth. He would allow four hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks in 2.2 innings. Freshman Austin Kerr entered the game with one on and two out in the eighth and got a fly out to end the inning.

Patrick Andrews (1-3) suffered the loss. He allowed two hits and four runs over 1.1 innings.

Coastal Carolina will stay on the road for a key Big South showdown at Liberty. The three-game series is set for this Thursday at 7 pm, Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm.

LIBERTY 12, JAMES MADISON 1 | BOX SCORE
Second baseman Bryan Aanderud had three hits and two RBIs, helping the Liberty Flames defeated the James Madison Dukes, 12-1, Tuesday at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.

Aanderud went 3-for-4 with a double, driving in two runs. The second baseman's eighth three-hit contest of the season raises his batting average to a team-leading .395.

Liberty sweeps all three meetings with James Madison this season, moving to 33-12. The contest completed the longest road swing of the year for the Flames where the team finished 5-4. James Madison drops to 13-27-1.

Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning, taking advantage of wildness on the part of James Madison starting pitcher Nick Slogik. Left fielder Ian Parmley walked and both center fielder Ryan Cordell and Aanderud were hit by a pitch to open the frame. Designated hitter Tyler Cox followed by ripping a double inside the third base bag and down the left field line to plate two runners for an early edge.

In the bottom of the inning, James Madison loaded the bases with two outs against Liberty starter Trey Lambert.  But, Lambert got third baseman Chad Carroll to bounce out to prevent the Dukes from getting on the scoreboard.

James Madison cut into Liberty's edge in the second with a run. Second baseman Tyler Duke opened the inning with a double to the warning track in center field. Two batters later, he scored on a ground out by center fielder Ian Haynes to trim the Flames' advantage to 2-1.

Liberty extended its lead with two runs in the fourth. With two out and two men aboard, shortstop Zack Haley lined a double off the left field wall, cashing in both runners for a 4-1 advantage.

First baseman Alex Close stretched the Flames lead in the fifth. With Cox aboard after a walk, Close blasted his eighth home run of the year out into the parking lot behind the left field fence, giving Liberty a 6-1 advantage.

The Flames tacked on two more runs in the sixth. With one out, Haley sent a double into the left corner and later scored on a single by Parmley. Two batters later, Aanderud lined a double into the left field corner, plating Parmley for an 8-1.

Liberty pushed across a run for the fourth straight inning in the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch by Duke's reliever Luke Munson.

The Flames added three runs in the ninth on a fielder's choice by Parmley, a RBI double by Cordell and a RBI double by Aanderud for the final score of 12-1.

On a staff day, Lambert records the victory to move to 2-0 on the season. The Flames used seven pitchers during the game, combining to allow a run on seven hits.
 
Slogik falls to 0-5 on the year. He gave up six runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings, striking one and walking three batters.

Liberty now returns home on Thursday night to open a three-game Big South series with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.  First pitch at Worthington Stadium on Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m.

VMI 6, LONGWOOD 2 | BOX SCORE
The Longwood Lancers scored in the first inning, but the VMI Keydets answered with four runs in the second and the Keydet bullpen allowed just one hit over the final seven innings of the game, propelling VMI to a 6-2 road win over Longwood Tuesday night in Farmville, Va.

With Longwood (21-18) leading 1-0, Nick Dwyer led off the VMI (14-26) second by reaching on an error. After Thomas Stallings walked, Brandon Angus laid down a bunt in front of the plate. First baseman Zach Mihalko fielded the ball, but threw wildly to first, allowing a run to score. One out later, Matt Winn hit a ground ball to short. The throw came home, but Stallings, running aggressively, beat the ball to the plate to put VMI ahead, 2-0. Rob Dickinson then followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Angus on the pop to shallow center, and George Piccrilli capped the scoring with a RBI single, the lone hit of the inning, to give the Keydets a 4-1 margin that they would not relinquish.

Andrew Deal (2-1) picked up the win with a career-long outing, as he went five sensational innings, allowing just one hit. Brandon Vick took the loss to fall to 5-2 for Longwood, as he surrendered four unearned runs over two-plus frames.

Reed Garrett and John Garrett closed out the game with a hitless inning apiece, combining to strike out five of the six hitters they faced, as the Keydets ended a 20-game road losing skid. All told, the Keydet bullpen surrendered just one hit and one walk over the final seven innings of the contest.

After Scott Burkett's first inning home run off Keydet starter Miles McQuaig and VMI's four-run response, Longwood answered back in the third. Matt Dickason walked, and Burkett followed with a single. Justin Lacy singled to score Dickason, and make it a 4-2 game. That brought Deal out of the VMI bullpen, and he immediately struck out cleanup hitter Robby Newman and induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Neither team scored in the fourth, but Longwood put two on to start the fifth. Deal then induced another 6-4-3 double play, and ended the inning by getting Newman to ground out to first baseman Cameron Walter, maintaining VMI's 4-2 lead.

Angus led off the sixth with a double, but after a Drew Bryan sacrifice moved him to third base, the Keydets could not get him home. An infield out and a strikeout ended the threat. Deal then allowed just one baserunner over his final two innings, leaving after a sparkling 47-pitch effort, and Reed Garrett came on for the eighth. He struck out Lacy and Newman before inducing a groundout to end the inning, and the Keydets added on in the ninth.

Winn led off the inning with a single up the middle, and moved to second on a passed ball. Dickinson then ripped a single to right-center, scoring the Keydet catcher to make it a 5-2 contest. Piccirilli then reached on a Longwood error, the fifth Lancer error of the night, and one out later, LU hurler Ryan Schubert uncorked a wild pitch.

The ball hit directly in front of the plate and hopped well into the air, going over Burkett and to the screen. Dickinson, running hard, came around third and tried to score on the play. Burkett's peg to Schubert appeared to be in time, but Dickinson's dive for the plate knocked the ball out of Schubert's glove, allowing the VMI runner to score and account for the final margin, 6-2. John Garrett struck out the side in the ninth to cap the victory.

No Keydet player had more than one hit, but Jacob Morley's 1 for 4 effort gave him 200 career hits, making him the 10th Keydet player all-time to achieve that milestone.

VMI baseball will return to action Wednesday, playing host to James Madison at Gray-Minor Stadium. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

#25 VIRGINIA 3, RADFORD 2 (11) | BOX SCORE
Nate Irving singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lift No. 25 Virginia to a 3-2 win over Radford on Tuesday night.

Blake Sipe drove in both runs for Radford (23-17) - he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, then put down a squeeze bunt in the seventh inning to score Cory Turner from third and tie the game at 2-2.

Turner led the Highlanders with a 3-for-4 night, including three doubles in as many at bats.

Irving's fourth hit, the game-winner, came with runners at first and second and one out in the 11th.  Mitchell Shifflett doubled to right center field to give the Cavaliers (27-14-1) a man in scoring position.  On the next play, Colin Harrington reached on an error at third, putting two on.  Irving hit the first pitch he saw from Abram Williams sharply down the right field line to score Shifflett and give Virginia the win.

The Highlanders had runners in scoring position from the eighth through 10th innings.  In the 10th, Sipe hit a leadoff single and went to second on a sacrifice by Carl Travers, but was left stranded.

The best Radford scoring opportunity was in the fifth - Matt Mack and Turner had hits, and Hunter Higgerson reached on an error to load the bases with no one out.  Sipe was hit to bring home a run, but Virginia lefty starter Kyle Crockett got two strikeouts and a line out to end the inning.

Crockett went five innings, struck out eight and didn't allow an earned run.

The Cavaliers committed two errors but turned three double plays, including one in the 11th.

Virginia struck first in the game.  Chris Taylor led off the first inning with a hit, went to second on a steal, third on a ground ball out, and scored on Stephen Bruno's sacrifice fly to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead.

Radford native Jared King gave Virginia back the lead in the sixth on his sacrifice fly to score Brandon Cogswell, who singled to lead off.

Radford starter Jake Palese gave up two runs in his 5 2/3 innings - Keith Fritz and Jason Patten followed his good effort with a combined 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Virginia closer Justin Thompson posted 2 2/3 scoreless frames to earn the win (3-1) while Williams took the loss (1-3).

The Highlanders look to improve on their 8-4 Big South record when they open a three-game series with Presbyterian at home on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

WAKE FOREST 5, WINTHROP 2 | BOX SCORE
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday evening as it defeated the Winthrop Eagles 5-2 in non-conference action at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The Eagles fall to 13-29 on the season, while the Demon Deacons improve to 26-16 overall.

Jack Fischer (3-3) earned the win in relief tossing one-third of an inning and did not allow a run or hit on no walks and no strikeouts. Tyler Klitsch (2-5) took the loss pitching 2.2 innings of relief and gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit, one walk and no strikeouts. Michael Dimock (10) picked up the save pitching one scoreless inning on two hits, no walks and no strikeouts.

Mark Rhine led off the top of the ninth for Wake Forest reaching on a Winthrop error, and scored the go-ahead run two batters later when Jack Carey hit an RBI double into the left center field gap with one out. The double by Carey put the Demon Deacons in front 3-2 at the time, and would go ahead 5-2 later in the inning on an RBI single by Pat Blair and Evans Stephens scoring on Winthrop's second error of the inning.

Kevin Jordan gave Wake Forest a 2-0 lead in the top of the second with his two RBI double to center field against Eagle starter Austin Stuart, but Winthrop then tied the game at 2-2 after scoring one run each in the second and fifth innings. Leighton Daniels gave the Eagles their first run of the contest with his RBI single to center field in the bottom of the second, while Jason Driver made it a tied ballgame in the fifth on his RBI sacrifice fly to left field.

Rhine led the Demon Deacons offensively with two hits in the contest, and Jordan drove in a team-high two RBI. Patrick Gamblin and Chas Crane posted two hits each for Winthrop, while Driver and Daniels drove in both runs.

The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday, May 2 as they travel to Chapel Hill, NC to face the North Carolina Tar Heels at Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

APPALACHIAN STATE 6, HIGH POINT 2 | BOX SCORE
The High Point University baseball team lost to Appalachian State, 6-2, on Tuesday in Boone, N.C. Freshman Ryne Rush was responsible for both HPU runs. He scored in the fourth inning and drove in a run in the eighth.

The Panthers drop to 23-21 on the season. Appalachian State improves to 29-9 with the win.

Appalachian State scored early and led the entire game. With two outs in the second inning Trey Holmes doubled down the leftfield line and came in to score on a triple by Preston Troutman. The Mountaineers extended the lead to 3-0 in the third, scoring two more runs on back-to-back two-out hits.

The Panthers got one run back in the fourth inning. Rush led off the inning with a basehit and Josh Spano drove him in with a single through the right side.

HPU starter Jared Avidon walked the leadoff man in the fifth inning and the Mountaineers' centerfielder Tyler Zupcic picked up an RBI to make ASU's lead 4-1. Appalachian State added two more runs in the sixth inning, both off Avidon before he left the game.

Avidon went 5-2/3 innings against the Mountaineers. He gave up six runs on eight hits with four walks and one strikeout. Avidon drops to 1-4 this season.

The Panthers added a run in the eighth inning to make it a 6-2 game. Sean Wilson led off the inning with a triple to right centerfield. ASU went to the bullpen, bringing in Tyler Moore to face Rush. Rush picked up an RBI with a groundout to the pitcher that scored Wilson.

Rush finished the game 1-3 with a walk, a run scored and one RBI. Wilson tripled and scored a run. He was also hit by a pitch.

Three HPU relief pitchers, Kyle Wigmore, Will Resnik and Cody Manzella combined to keep Appalachian State scoreless for the final two innings of the game.

High Point is off until May 4 when UNC Asheville comes to Williard Stadium for a three-game weekend series.

WOFFORD 9, UNC ASHEVILLE 4 | BOX SCORE
A five-run seventh inning by Wofford helped pace the Terriers to a 9-4 victory over UNC Asheville in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Greenwood Field, as Wofford completes the season sweep of the Bulldogs with the win.

The Terriers earned a 4-3 decision over Asheville on March 28 in Spartanburg, S.C. Wofford improves to 17-23 on the year while the Bulldogs drop to 19-23.

Both starters were the pitchers of record for their respective teams, with the Terriers' Gus White (1-0) earning the win. White allowed two runs on five hits in five innings of work. Asheville's Elliot Criss (2-3) gave up three runs on four hits in three innings at the helm.

Senior third baseman Cody Buch went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Blue & White, with a two run home run in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Lurie was 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot while teammate Todd Joyner was 2-for-3.

Wofford's Mac Doyle and Konstantine Diamaduros each tallied three RBI apiece to help lead the Terriers to victory. Matthew Pelt also drove in a pair of runs for Wofford.

The Terriers took the lead in the top of the third, plating three runs on a three-RBI homer to left by Doyle. Wofford added another run in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead in the contest.

Asheville got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on Buch's homer down the leftfield line. The Bulldogs cut the lead to 4-3 on an Ian Graham RBI-groundout with a runner on third.

Wofford would explode for five runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a Diamaduros triple to right to plate three runners.

Hunter Bryant drove in a run for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh, but Asheville could not rally for any more runs as they fell by the final of 9-4.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on May 4, when they travel to take on Big South Conference foe High Point in a three-game series.