Chanticleers Sweep app status; Win a sixth straight road game

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BOONE, North Carolina – The Coastal Carolina baseball team extended its road winning streak to six straight games and posted its second Sun Belt Conference weekend series sweep of the season with a 9-3 road win. at Appalachian State on Saturday afternoon in Boone, North Carolina.

With the win, the Chanticleers improved to 19-13-1 overall and 8-6-1 in Sun Belt Conference play, while the loss dropped App State to 11-22 overall and 3-12 in league action.

The sweep was the second straight road conference series sweep for the Chants, who also won all three road games at Arkansas State from April 1-3.

first baseman Christopher Rowan, Jr. (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI) capped off his stellar weekend with two doubles and an RBI, the second straight game in which he landed a pair of doubles, while both Graham Brown (1 for 3, HR, BB, 3 RBI, run) and Tanners Garrison (1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 RBI) homered in the series finale victory.

third baseman Cooper Weiss (1 for 3, 3G, BB, 2 RBI, 2 RBI) also had an extra hit, as he had a two-run triple and ended up scoring from third on an App State pitching error.

The Mountaineers beat the Chanticleers 7-5 but left eight runners on base in the loss. Andrew Terrell (1 for 4, 2G, 2 RBI) had two RBIs and the only extra hit for the home team, while Alex Aguila (2 for 3, BB, run) and Austin St. Laurent (2-for-3, run) each had two base hits in the loss.

Picking up his second win of the season was senior Nick Parker (2-2), as the right-handed pitcher was effectively wild in holding App State to just three runs on five hits, one walk, three hits and four strikeouts in 5.0 complete innings.

Doing their job out of the bullpen were right-handed pitchers Matt Joyce (IP 2.0, 1 success) and Elliot Carney (2.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 K) as the duo combined to pitch 4.0 scoreless innings in the win. Carney (2) made his second save of the season.

The loss came to Appalachia State starter Trey Tujetsch (2-3), as the right-hander had a tough fifth inning, allowing six runs, five of which were earned, on three hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.

The Chanticleers came first on the scoreboard at the top of the second inning, as Rowan, Jr. charged the Mountaineers for back-to-back walks, as he ripped a double down the left-field line to drive in the first inning of the game. Garrison followed with a ground fly to the left side of the infield to tackle a second run and put the Chants up 2-0 midway through the second inning.

However, the Chants were unable to secure a stoppage inning late in the second, as the Mountaineers took advantage of a hit-per-pitch, a single, a sacrificial bunt and a walk to charge the goals. Terrell then lined up a brace on the third base line to tackle two App State runners to tie the game at 2-2.

The inning didn’t end there, however, as another slapped batter kept the inning alive and reloaded the bases. A ground fly to first base was able to score the runner on third as the Mountaineers pulled out ahead at 3-2 in the first two innings.

After the Chanticleers went down in order in the third and fourth innings and Parker grounded a Mountaineer runner in each of the same two innings, the Chants came back ahead in the top of the fifth inning with a four-run inning.

Garrison started the fifth inning with a one-out home run to right center field to tie the game at 3-3. After a walk and an error the runners finished second and third, Brown hit his second home run of the weekend and fourth of the season at center field to push Coastal ahead 6-3.

The Mountaineers were looking to come back in the bottom half of the fifth inning, as the home team put two runners on base by way of a CCU pitching error and a single, only to see Parker induce a fly ball. on the ground for Dale Thomas at second base to end the inning undamaged.

Joyce threw around a single in the sixth and got a 6-4-3 end-of-inning double play in the seventh to keep the Chants ahead at 6-3.

After Carney faced just three batters late in the eighth, the Chanticleers added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a double from Rowan, Jr., a walk from Garrison and a two-run triple from Weiss at the gap to right-center field on which he ended up scoring due to an errant pitch from the App State defenseman.

With a 9-3 lead, Carney closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal the series sweep for the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina will remain on the road for a road tilt Tuesday night in Charlotte. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Hayes Stadium.

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