Coastal Carolina nips the Cougars 2-1 in 14
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Coastal Carolina hit a walk-off single to defeat College of Charleston, 2-1, in the bottom of the 14th inning to win a marathon pitching duel in non-conference baseball action. Alex Buccilli hit a bases-loaded single to score Nick Oberg for the game-winning run.
Both teams battled with a 1-1 tie from the fourth to the fourteenth inning, with College of Charleston staving off several Coastal Carolina walk-off attempts in the extra-inning frames. Coastal Carolina finished with seven hits, with three coming in the final two innings, while CofC was held to six hits.
The game was the second straight extra-inning game for College of Charleston (18-14), while Coastal Carolina (21-12) set a new program record with 19 strikeouts from eight pitchers.
CofC's Jimmy Revan (1-1) picked up the loss, pitching the 13th and 14th innings and allowing three hits and a walk and the game-winning run. CCU's Ryan Connolly (2-3) pitched the final three innings, striking out five batters and allowing just one CofC hit.
The Chanticleers used eight pitchers, while College of Charleston used six pitchers in the contest. Jake Zokan made the start and went 3.1 IP, allowing one run on one hit. Blake Ross, Player Loving and Drew Freie held the Chanticleers scoreless into the extra innings where Dre Watts worked around several situations with runners in scoring position to keep the game knotted at one.
Carl Wise was the only Cougar with multiple hits, while Ben Boykin scored CofC's only run which came in the fourth inning on a CCU fielding error.
Jacob May notched the Chanticleers' first RBI, grounding out with runners at second and third to score Zach Remillard in the third inning. Oberg and Luke Willis each had two hits for CCU.
Oberg singled to lead off the 14th inning and moved over to second on a walk from Ted Blackman. All the runners moved up a base after a ball was judged to have hit Trevor Chadwick and Revan faced a dire bases-loaded situation with no outs. Buccilli ended it quickly with a base hit up the middle to score Oberg and win the game for the rival Chanticleers.
The game marked the longest CofC contest since the 2006 season when the Cougars defeated Notre Dame in 16 innings in the NCAA Lexington Regional.
The game was the second straight contest in the Coastal Carolina-CofC series that has been decided in extra innings, and the second straight extra-inning game played at Pelican Ballpark between CofC and CCU, dating back to the 2010 NCAA Regionals.
College of Charleston will travel to face Davidson this weekend in SoCon play. The first game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Friday night from Wilson Field.