- By Morgen S. Cvetko
A good run, but a tough loss in the end for CCU baseball
Coastal Carolina Baseball made it to the Atlanta Regional after claiming the championship in the Sun Belt Tournament with a win over Georgia Southern.
CCU faced No. 2 seed Auburn in the Atlanta Regional on Friday, May 31, 2019. Parker Chavers hit a home run in fourth inning bringing in two runs for Coastal. Coastal scored three more runs in the top of the seventh when Zach Biermann hit his first home run of the regionals. Despite the firepower, Coastal was defeated in the top of the ninth, final score, 7-16.
Coastal moved into the elimination bracket to face No. 4 Florida A&M on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Coastal was first on the board with Cory Wood batting in Cameron Pearcey. In the top of the sixth inning, Jake Wright claimed a home run, bringing the score to 7-1. Chavers claimed his second homer of the regionals in the top of the seventh inning, his 15th home run of the season. Pitcher Nick Parker pitched five innings, allowing for eight hits and only three runs for a final score of 9-4.
Coastal advanced to play No. 1 Georgia Southern on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in what turned into a wild game. Coastal held the lead in this game for some time, starting off early. Biermann singled and batted in two runs, followed by Scott McKeon batting in one, and Nick Lucky sending in one last batter before the end of the inning. At the end of the first inning, Coastal was up 0-4.
Coastal held onto the lead until the top of the seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Biermann was the only runner to score, and Georgia Southern went on to win the game 10-8.
Coastal had some trouble with pitching during the game on Sunday. Coastal pitched five different pitchers and pitching coach Drew Thomas was ejected for a delay of game. The loss went to junior pitcher Jay Causey after he allowed two hits in the top of the seventh. Matt Eardensohn relieved Causey and finished the game, allowing for four hits and one run.
Losing to Georgia Southern marked the end of Coastal Carolina’s 2018-2019 baseball season. They finish as Sun Belt Champions for the second year in a row with a 36-26-1 record.