May 16, 2006
CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and never looked back as it defeated East Carolina 9-4 Tuesday night at Charles Watson Field.
John Mariotti improved to 4-2 on the season after working six innings allowing two runs on five hits with seven strike outs. David Anderson allowed two runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. Travis Risser picked up his third save on the season after tossing a scoreless 1 1/3 inning and allowing one hits.
Coastal pounded out 16 hits on the night and had six players collect multiple hits on the night and were led by Tommy Baldridge and Tyler Bortnick, who were both 3-for-3 from the plate. David Sappelt was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and Bortnick scored two runs as well.
Scott Andrews picked up the loss on the evening after giving up four runs on four hits in two innings of work. Pirate starter Josh Dowdy lasted just and 1 2/3 giving up a pair of runs on five hits. Mike Flye and Chris Powell also saw action on the mound.
Adam Witter, Brandon Henderson, Jake Smith, Jake Dean and Dale Mollenhauer combined to collect 10 of the Pirates 12 hits. Smith smacked his 11th home run of the season in the top of the eighth and Henderson drove in two runs in the second.
Coastal (26-25) answered the Pirates in the bottom half of the frame scoring a pair of runs to tie the game at two. Sappelt, who led the inning off with a walk, scored the Chanticleers first run on Mike Fuentes single to left field. With two outs, Bortnick doubled to left center and then scored on Chris Raber's single end the scoring.
Coastal scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Baldridge singled to right field scoring Aaron Varrett from third. Matt Sutton's double down the right field line scored Raber and advanced Baldridge to third. John Mariotti plated another run with an infield single scoring Baldridge. Coastal's final run came off a Sappelt single to left that scored Mariotti.
Coastal pushed across a runs in the fifth and seventh to push the lead to 8-2.
Smith cranked his 11th home run of the season a two-run shot to left field pulling the Pirates to within four, 8-4. Mollenhauer led off the inning with a single to right and scored on Smith's homer.
In the bottom of the eighth Coastal added one final run to close the game at 9-4.
The Pirates will stay on the road this week as they wrap up the 2006 Conference USA regular season on Thursday, May 18 in Memphis, Tenn.