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  • Brendan Donoghue

Chants look to bounce back after struggling versus Arkansas State and Illinois

The No. 10 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers hosted the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Spring Brooks Stadium for a three game series over the weekend, with one game on Friday night and then a double-header Saturday. CCU won one game while losing two.

March 29

No. 10 Coastal Carolina fell to Arkansas State by a final score of 4-2 under the lights at Spring Brooks Stadium.

CCU’s offense was held to a season-low two runs in the loss as they loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs and proceeded to strand all three runners thanks to back-to-back strikeouts followed by a groundout. The inability to bring even one run across in the fourth was the epitome of an offensively frustrating game for the Chanticleers.

Even with only two hits, CCU did out-hit ASU 9-8 as they had four players with two hits each (Kyle Skeels, Parker Chavers, Kieton Rivers, and Corey Wood).

Coastal Starter Zach McCambley suffered the loss as he gave up four runs (coming on two homeruns) on six hits over 5.0 innings while walking three and striking out seven.

Arkansas State Starter Zach Jackson got the win as he went a strong seven innings giving up only one run on eight hits while walking one, hitting two batters, and striking out six.

March 30 (Game One)

No. 10 Coastal Carolina picked up the win over Arkansas State 6-0 in game one of a day/night double header, as the victory served as CCU coach Gary Gilmore’s 1,200th career collegiate victory as a head coach.

An offense that was dead the night before bounced back to score six runs thanks to two RBI each from Zach Biermann, Corey Wood, and Kyle Skeels – one of which came on a solo homerun.

CCU starter Austin Kitchen recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in a masterful start that saw him go 7.0 scoreless innings giving up only four hits en route to his fifth victory of the season.

Arkansas State starter Chandler Coates was handed the loss thanks to his 8.0 complete innings in which he gave up six runs on eight hits while walking and striking out four CCU batters.

March 30 (Game Two)

No. 10 Coastal Carolina dropped the nightcap of their double header 7-3 as the offense once again was unable to push runners across the plate once they had gotten on base. CCU stranded a total of 10 runners on base in the contest, highlighted by a pair of inning-ending double plays.

CCU starter Garrett McDaniels was handed the loss as he went a mere 0.1 inning giving up three runs on two hits while walking one and hitting one. Reliever Matt Earensohn entered the game in relief to stop the bleeding and went 6.2 innings giving up one run on six hits, walking one and striking out five.

CCU entered the ninth only down 4-3 but reliever Alaska Abney had an uncharacteristic outing as he gave up three runs on three hits in the ninth as Arkansas State pushed their lead to 7-3.

Nate Alberius of Arkansas State got the win as he went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

Coastal Carolina finished the three game series at 20-8-1with a 6-3 record in conference play while Arkansas State left at 19-9 and a 7-2 record within the Sun Belt.

April 2

The Chanticleers struggles continued on the road in Illinois with a two-game series in Champagne, Illinois.

The Fighting Illini got out to a hot start, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and the Chanticleers struggled to fight back. Coastal was able to pick up a run in both the third and fourth inning but it was not enough for a comeback and the Chants fell 4-2.

April 3

The Chanticleers had a bit more promise in game two against the Illini, having been tied with Illinois for most of the game. It was in the bottom of the seventh when Illinois broke things open and would eventually score three runs over the course of the seventh and eighth innings, ultimately handing the Chanticleers the 4-1 loss.

Coastal Carolina is currently 1-4 in their last five games and have lost their last two series.

The Chanticleers look to rebound this weekend as they travel to Mobile, Alabama to take on South Alabama in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series. Game one starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

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