COASTAL CAROLINA BASEBALL

Coastal Carolina baseball team’s struggles continue with loss to Wichita State

mmckinnon@thesunnews.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Having lost four of its first six games of the season, the Coastal Carolina baseball team was hoping to turn things around Monday.

Those plans were put on hold.

Chanticleers starter Dalton Moats received the loss after he allowed four runs in four-plus innings, and Coastal’s offense couldn’t get going as it fell to Wichita State 10-0 on Monday during Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach Tournament at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Coastal Carolina fell to 2-5 and coach Gary Gilmore short and to the point in addressing his team’s early struggles.

“We have plenty of things to work on,” he said

Not much went Coastal’s way offensively. Richard Carter finished 2-for-4, and Colin Hering, Connor Owings, Michael Paez and Jake Kane had one hit each for the Chanticleers.

Kane, who has been limited early in the season due to injury, got his first hit of the season on a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning.

The Shockers put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, scoring five runs as Casey Gillaspie hit a three-run home run to extend Wichita State’s lead to 10-0.

The Shockers outhit the Chants 10-6, and Coastal had four errors.

Brock Hunter, Austin Kerr, Zac Burke and Tyler Poole combined for 31/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Chanticleers.

“There were moments where [the pitching was] decent, moments where it wasn’t,” Gilmore said. “That’s about as good as I can describe it.”

Gilmore said he expects Kane to be back in the lineup by Friday, when the Chanticleers host Rhode Island at 5 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

“We just need to get better, that’s about all I can say,” Gilmore said.

Contact MAX MCKINNON at 626-0302.

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