Eagles Hold on for 9-8 Win over Coastal
- Brad Hrovatís RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth
inning drove home Ryan Ford with the winning run to allow Eastern
Michigan to escape with a 9-8 win over Coastal Carolina in the first
elimination game of the NCAA Lincoln Regional at Hawks Field on
With the win, the No. 4 seed Eagles (33-27)
survive to play in tonightís 8:05 elimination game against the loser
of the Nebraska and Southwest Missouri State game scheduled for
a 3:45 p.m. start. The second-seeded Chanticleers end their
season with a 45-18 record.
Hrovatís single made a winner of EMU
reliever Trevor Carpenter, who improved to 4-5 on the season with
two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief. Dave Pieron,
who took the loss as the starter in game one of the regional against
Nebraska on Friday, got the final two outs in the ninth inning to
pick up his third save of the season.
Josh Fish took the loss for Coastal Carolina,
allowing one earned run on two hits in the eighth inning to fall
to 2-1 on the season.
In a game that turned into a nail-biter
in the eighth inning, Eastern Michigan jumped out to an 8-1 lead
through seven innings and appeared to have the game well under control
until Coastal Carolina erupted for seven runs to tie the score in
the top of the eighth.
After giving up a leadoff double to Chanticleer
designated hitter Mike Costanzo and walking Jeff Baker to put runners
at first and second, EMU starter Anthony Tomey struck out Adam Pernasilici
and pinch hitter Patrick Nichols to slow the rally. But a
two-out walk to Steve Pinocchio loaded the bases for Ryan McGraw,
who lined a two-run single to left field to cut the EMU lead to
8-3. Brett Grandstrand followed with an RBI single, before
a two-run single by Brandon Powell narrowed the gap to 8-6.
Tomey was replaced by reliever Matt Onderlinde,
who wild pitched Powell to third before walking Tyler Hasbrouck
to put runners at the corners with two outs. Kyle Beall pinch
ran for Hasbrouck and scored from first base on Costanzoís second
double of the inning to tie the score.
Carpenter then came on in relief and
struck out Baker to end the seven-run rally, which matched Coastal
Carolinaís highest scoring inning of the season.
In EMUís half of the eighth, Ryan Ford
led off with a single and advanced to second on Ryan Arnettís sacrifice
bunt. Luke Beiler grounded out to second base to move Ford
to third base, to set up Hrovatís game-winning single up the middle.
Eastern Michigan struck first in the
game with a run in the third inning, before adding a pair of runs
in the fifth on Ryan Goleskiís third home run of the regional, a
two-run shot to right-center to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
EMU added a single run in the sixth,
before breaking through with four runs in the bottom of the seventh
inning. The Eagles produced the four runs on just two hits,
taking advantage of three walks by Coastal Carolina relievers Jake
Hurry and Seamus Donovan. Hurry and Donovan relieved Chanticleer
starter Steven Carter, who allowed four runs on nine hits and four
walks in 5.2 innings of work. Carter did notch nine strikeouts
in a 132-pitch effort.
Although Tomey did not figure into the
decision for EMU, the right-hander hurled 159 pitches in a workman-like
effort, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits and five walks in
7.2 innings. He also recorded nine strikeouts.
Arnett led a 13-hit EMU attack by going
3-for-4 at the plate, while Tony Palazzolo, Derrick Peterson and
Goleski all notched a pair of hits on the day for the Eagles.
Grandstrand enjoyed a perfect 3-for-3
effort at the plate for Coastal Carolina, while McGraw, Powell,
Costanzo, Baker and Pernasilici all produced two hits in the Chanticleersí
*Ryan Goleski hit his third home run of
the regional with his two-run shot in the fifth inning to push his
season total to 17. Goleski, who hit a pair of home runs in
the loss to Nebraska on Friday, now has a school and Mid-American
Conference record 51 home runs in his career.
Carolinaís seven-run eighth inning matched their most runs scored
in a single inning this season.
*Coastal Carolina starting pitcher
Steven Carter recorded nine strikeouts to match his career high.
Ryan Goleskiís two-run home run off Carter were the first earned
runs allowed by Carter in his last 22 innings of work, dating back
to May 16.