No. 8 Coastal Carolina Powers Past UNCW
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Chance Gilmore drove in five runs and Jose Iglesias added three, including a pair of home runs, as nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina belted three homers to race past UNCW, 8-4, in college baseball action Wednesday at Brooks Field
The Chanticleers, ranked eighth in the USAToday/Coaches Poll, won their 14th straight and raised its record 33-5 and completed a sweep of the season series. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped to 22-16.
Coastal rode a pair of homers, including a grand slam, to build a 5-0 lead after two innings against Seahawk starter Daniel Cropper, who was saddled with the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season. In the first, Iglesias connected on a two-out solo shot to left and Gilmore's grand slam in the second made it 5-0.
Gilmore finished with two hits, adding a RBI single later in the game. Steve Davis led the CCU lineup with three hits, including a double and a triple.
Lefthander Jim Birmingham (6-1) earned his sixth win of the season. Birmingham allowed two runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
Trailing 5-1, UNCW loaded the bases in the sixth with none out following a walk to freshman Hunter Ridge by Birmingham, who exited the game following that free pass. Freshman Michael Bass, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games earlier in the game, plated a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. Sophomore Cam Cockman followed and bunted into a double play while trying to squeeze in the next run to end the threat.
Junior Cody Stanley (2-for-5, 2 RBI) doubled in a run off reliever Matt Laney in the seventh cut UNCW's deficit to 7-3.
A RBI single by Gilmore in the eighth pushed it back to a five run lead, 8-3, for the Chants.
The final run scored in the ninth for UNCW on a single off the first base bag by Stanley.
The Seahawks visit Northeastern for a Colonial Athletic Association series beginning on April 24 with an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
NOTES: Iglesias' homer in the first was just the second allowed this season by Cropper ... Grayson Evans moved to within one hit of 200 career hits ... UNCW reliever Steven Davis tossed four shutout innings in relief and has allowed just one run in his last 14 innings ... UNCW turned two double plays to raise its total to 47 on the season, ranking third in the nation ... Michael Rooney drew is 101st walk to move into a tie for seventh on UNCW's career list.