#24 Coastal Carolina sweeps Saturday doubleheader over Campbell

David Olson 
(photo by Will Bratton)
David Olson (photo by Will Bratton)

Conway, S.C. – Aaron Burke picked up a win after tossing 3.2 innings of relief during Game 1 and then recording the final out of Game 2 with the bases loaded in a one run game to pick up the save as #24 Coastal Carolina (32-13, 14-3 Big South) swept a doubleheader from Campbell (33-14, 9-8 Big South) on Saturday at Watson Stadium.

Campbell led 4-3 in the eighth inning of Game 1 before surrendering eight runs in Coastal's final at bat and falling 11-4. The Fighting Camels rallied late in Game 2, scoring three runs over the final two innings, but left the bases loaded in the ninth to drop a tight 6-5 decision.

Campbell and Coastal will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The two losses are the first time Campbell has been swept in a doubleheader this season after the Camels completed their 13th double dip.

Game 1: Coastal Carolina 11, Campbell 4

CCU used an eight-run eighth inning in which eleven consecutive Chanticleers reached base as Coastal rallied past Campbell 11-4. The Fighting Camels had scored three runs in the second inning to gain early control of the game and led throughout until the CCU rally in Coastal's final at bat.

After Nick Ray led off the second inning with a walk, Ben Fish recorded his second home run of the season with a two-run blast to left field to put Campbell in front early. Erick Gaylord then singled for one of his two hits during the game and later scored on a squeeze bunt from Ben McQuown to put CU in front 3-0 after two innings.

Coastal Carolina chipped away, scoring once in the third and fifth innings before Nick Ray hit his second homer of the year in the sixth inning to put CU up 4-2. The Chanticleers again quickly climbed back within a run, taking advantage of two Camel errors in the bottom of the sixth to score Tucker Frawley.

Matt Sergey went 5.1 innings in the start, scattering five hits and three runs (one earned) over that time. Coastal starter Tyler Herb allowed four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings of work, allowing four walks. Aaron Burke relieved Herb and tossed 3.2 innings of one-hit baseball for the Chanticleers, holding Campbell at bay.

Ryan Mattes entered in the sixth for Campbell and had retired six consecutive batters after recording one out in the eighth inning. CCU tallied three consecutive singles off Mattes with one out, the final one being Brian Pruett's RBI single to tie the game before Matt Marksberry entered. Marksberry allowed three singles and two walks as the Chanticleers captured the lead for the time in the game.  

Ryan Koopman recorded the final two outs of the frame, but CCU had taken an 11-4 advantage. Jacob May, Ted Blackman and Sloan Gilliam all tallied two hits for the Chanticleers, while Erick Gaylord's 2-for-3 performance led the Camels offensive attack.

Mattes (4-2) took the loss for CU, while Burke (8-3) picked up the win for Coastal.

Game 2: Coastal Carolina 6, Campbell 5

David Olson's two-out, two-RBI single in the ninth pulled Campbell within one run, but Aaron Burke again entered out of the Coastal Carolina bullpen and recorded the final out of the game to preserve the 6-5 CCU victory and pick up his seventh save of the season.

Coastal Carolina was the team to jump in front during the second game of the doubleheader, scoring once in the third and three times in the fifth to take a 4-0 advantage. Daniel Bowman's three-run homer off CU starter Frank Zier in the fifth inning sent Bowman into third place on the Big South charts for most RBI in a career.

CU scored twice in the sixth to cut the Chanticleer lead in half. Michael Felton and Jake Kirkland recorded back-to-back singles to begin the frame, and when David Olson's line drive up the middle got past the second baseman, Felton came around to score. Olson later came around to score on a passed ball as part of his 4-for-5 game in which he set a new season high for hits.

The Chanticleers extended their lead back out to four runs in the seventh inning, scoring twice to take a 6-2 advantage. The Camels would not go quietly, however, getting a single run on Bryce Grady's RBI groundout in the eighth to climb within three runs.

The dramatic ninth inning began with a fly-out to start the frame. Jimmy Brenneman then coaxed a one-out walk, followed by McQuown's single through the right side. Felton then singled to load the bases before CCU recorded the second out of the inning on a fly-out to left field. Olson responded with a two-RBI double that brought the visitors within one run, and Ray drew a walk to load the bases before CCU brough Burke in out of the bullpen.

Burke induced a soft chopper down the third base line from Ben Fish and made an athletic play to just throw Fish out at first base to end the game and keep the tying run from crossing the plate.