Coastal Carolina Pitching Holds Down Cougars, 5-1
With the win, the Chanticleers improved to 9-6 on the season while College of Charleston moved to 12-5.
CCU starter Javier Reynoso (2-0) was credited with the victory despite pitching only 3.2 innings due to a pitch count. CofC starter Ryan West (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season while going six innings and giving up four runs and striking out seven.
Coastal's Justin Creel slapped two hits and picked up two RBIs to lead the Chanticleers.
The Chanticleers put together a three-run second inning to strike first in the game. Tucker Frawley hit a lead-off single, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. After Brian Pruett was hit by a pitch, the Chanticleers put together a pair of two-out hits, the second by Justin Creel, to clear the bases and lead 3-0.
Coastal tacked on another run in the bottom of the third after a single from Alex Buccilli and a steal and a wild pitch advanced him to third. He scored on a throw to second that attempted to get Ted Blackman for the third out, but was slightly late.
West settled in after the third inning, retiring seven batters in a row and finishing with seven strikeouts for the game, just one shy of his career high.
The Cougars got one run back in the seventh inning with leadoff singles from Martin and Ryan Welke. A sacrifice fly from Goodson scored Martin from third, but that was all the Cougars could produce in the inning.
Coastal Carolina added one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the final margin of 5-1.
College of Charleston will host Wofford for a conference weekend set, beginning on Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m.