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  • Brendan Donoghue

Coastal baseball embarrassed in weather-shortened series at Little Rock

No. 24 Coastal Carolina traveled to Arkansas ready to build off the momentum of their electrifying victory over No. 2 North Carolina State. Instead, the Chants got smacked with reality as the dropped the first two games of the series while the third was rained out.

April 12 (Game 1) No. 24 Coastal Carolina fell to Little Rock by a final score of 8-5 in the first game of a double header.

CCU starter Zach McCambley was roughed up for six runs on six hits, four walks and five strikeouts over his 4.2 innings of work. He was handed his second loss of the season.

While Coastal’s offense did tally 10 hits in the contest, with eight different batters registering a knock, the offense also struck out 13 times and stranded eight men on base.

For Little Rock, starter Chandler Fidel picked up the win as he went a strong 7.1 innings giving up four runs on nine hits and striking out 10 Chanticleers on the night.

The loss dropped Coastal to 23-12-1 on the season.

April 12 (Game 2) No. 24 Coastal Carolina was shut out for the first time in over two years as they fell to Little Rock by an embarrassing 14-0 in the nightcap of the doubleheader.

Little Rock not only outscored Coastal 14-0, they also outhit the Chanticleers 14-4. While each team left five men on base, the major difference came in the strikeout-walk ratio. Little Rock struck out a mere four times as a team and walked an additional four times. In comparison, CCU managed a mere single base on balls while striking out nine times.

Little Rock starter Hayden Arnold improved to 3-0 on the season thanks to his 7.0 scoreless innings in which he struck out seven and surrendered just three hits.

Coastal starter Austin Kitchen fell to 5-2 on the season as he went 4.1 giving up five uns on seven hits, walking two and striking out two.

Corey Wood (2-4), Parker Chavers (1-3), and Turner Buis (1-1) mustered the four Chanticleer hits as the sputtering offense looks to get back on track.

The 23-13-1 Chanticleers will attempt to bounce back on Tuesday, Apr. 16 as they host the College of Charleston for one game. First pitch is at 6 p.m.

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