Chinners Homers Twice as Bucs Drop Regular Season Finale to CCU, 10-5May 21, 2011
by CSU Sports Information
CONWAY, S.C. – Senior Nick Chinners homered twice and also scored on fellow senior Tom Burkett’s two-run homer as Charleston Southern dropped its regular season finale to top-ranked Coastal Carolina by a score of 10-5 on Saturday afternoon at Watson Stadium in Conway, S.C.
Chinners, playing in the final regular season game of his career, finished the day with three runs and two RBI. Burkett was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI as the Bucs were out-hit 10-9 by the Chanticleers.
The loss puts CSU at 28-28 on the season and third place at 15-12 in the Big South. After losing to Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Winthrop is also 15-12 in BSC play. However, the Buccaneers will take the third place after defeating the Eagles two games to one in the regular season. It marks the highest finish by the Bucs since 2002, when they also took third place Their ranking moves them directly to the main bracket of the Big South Tournament, where they will face No. 4 seed Winthrop on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Lexington, Va.
Patrick Dolan (3-3) got the start for the Bucs, giving up seven runs off of five hits in 1.2 innings. He was replaced by Corey Deighan in the bottom of the second. Deighan gave up two runs and two hits in 2.1 innings before Anthony Markham took over, holding the Chanticleers without a hit for two innings. Tyler Vick also pitched an inning in relief, giving up two hits and one run.
Keith Hessler picked up the win for CCU, giving up just one run off four hits in 3.0 innings. Scott Woodward and Daniel Bowman each had two hits apiece for CCU, with Woodward driving home two runs as well.
Bowman scored on a throwing error by CSU to put CCU on the board up 1-0 in the bottom of the second. Hayes Orton walked before Taylor Motter stepped to the plate for a two-run homer to left field, pushing the lead to 2-0. Scott Woodward doubled to center field to score Tucker Frawley before being driven home himself on a two-RBI double by Tommy La Stella that gave the Chanticleers a 7-0 lead after two innings.
A third inning single by Drew Woodall started a CSU rally, as Brantley Meier and Alex Tomasovich followed suit. A wild pitch with the bases loaded brought Woodall home to score CSU’s first run of the day, putting the score at 7-1 in favor of the Chanticleers. However, the comeback bid was cut short when Hessler struck out his second batter of the day to end the inning.
The Chanticleers kept it up in the bottom of the third, as Motter walked before stealing both second and third. He then scored when Frawley made it to first on a CSU error, stretching the CCU lead to 8-1. Woodward doubled to left center, allowing Frawley to score the Chants’ ninth run of the day.
Chinners singled to start the fourth inning before Burkett hit his fourth home run of the season to put the score at 9-3, still in favor of Coastal. Two innings later, Chinners himself homered to cut the Bucs’ deficit to five at 9-4 in the top of the sixth.
CCU added another run in the bottom of the seventh when Tripp Martin doubled to left field to score Orton, keeping the Chanticleers ahead 10-4. However, the Bucs got the run back in the top of the eighth when Chinners hit his second home run of the day to put the score at 10-5.
Kyle Ward came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth and kept CCU from scoring. CCU’s Matt Rein was just as effective, allowing the Chanticleers to take the 10-5 win. Related Item: Box Score