CCU beats No. 4 UTA during Sun Belt tournament with walk-off homer
Coastal Carolina Baseball took on No. 4 UT Arlington on Friday, May 24, 2019, at home during the regular-season Sun Belt tournament, hosted at CCU.
In the bottom of the first, Zach Biermann hit a homer over right field to bring in two runs. Coastal would go onto to struggle with scoring until the bottom of the sixth, down by as many as five runs.
Catcher Kyle Skeels got things really started in the bottom of the sixth with a homerun to left field, bringing in two runs. In the seventh, right-fielder Jake Wright hit a double to left centerfield that allowed for Kieton Rivers and Cory Wood to score. Skeels followed that with his second homerun of the night, which brought in three runs for Coastal and put them in the lead.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Biermann hit his second homerun of the night.
At the top of the ninth, Coastal gave up a grand slam to UTA which tied up the game.
The game went into the 10th inning and in the bottom of the 10th, Biermann hit another homerun, making the final score 14-13. Biermann now has a total of 17 homeruns this season, which is six homeruns away from setting a new record for Coastal Carolina Baseball.
His three bombs also tied the Sun Belt Championship Tournament record set in 2002, and also tied the Coastal record for the most home runs by a player in a single game since 1999.
Coastal had some difficulties on the mound, but Garrett McDaniels, a freshman pitcher for Coastal, had an outstanding game. McDaniels was brought in the third inning after sophomore Zach McCambley and senior Matt Eardensohn struggled in the first two innings, and he pitched for a total of five innings, only allowing three hits and two runs.
The excitement in the stands after the walk-off homerun could be heard from across campus. Many fans are starting to reminisce back to 2016 and are hoping Coastal make another run for Omaha, despite their regular-season struggles.
The Chanticleers move on the semifinals and take on University of Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.