Chants win conference series battle against Eagles

The No. 17 Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers baseball team won two of the three-game series against the Georgia Southern University Eagles over the weekend.

It was all Coastal in the first game of the series. The Eagles had no answer for the Chanticleer’s offense allowing 10 runs by the end of the sixth inning.

Georgia Southern wasn’t shut out completely as they scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Despite their small comeback, the Eagles were not able to finish it, losing the first game of the series.

Coastal’s freshman pitcher Jacob Morrison picked up his fourth win (4-0) after pitching five scoreless innings and just giving up four hits.

The next two games of the series were played as a doubleheader due to the weather. CCU lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-5. Coastal led against the Eagles throughout the first five innings, 4-1.

In the sixth inning, the Eagle’s offense exploded, scoring four runs and took the lead for the first time in the game. Coastal was never able to reclaim their lead despite five RBIs from sophomore catcher Derek Bender.

Sophomore pitcher Matthew Potok was given his first loss of the season (2-1) after giving up five runs in the game.

The Chanticleers got right back on track in the final game of the series, winning 13-8. Coastal took the lead early scoring three runs in just the first inning. In the third inning, the offense exploded scoring six runs including a three-run bomb from redshirt senior Kameron Guangorena.

Reliever Bryce Shaffer was awarded the win (4-0) after giving up three runs in two innings.

Coastal baseball continues to stay dominant when they score more than 10 runs. After their last victory they now are 17-0 when scoring 10 or more runs. Following this three-game series, Coastal is now 20-9 on the year and 9-3 in Sun Belt Conference play.

The baseball team will be going on their second five-game road trip of the season including a game against No. 14 Campbell University. The Chants will return home April 18 to take on the College of Charleston.