After a pair of walk-off wins in the 10th inning Saturday and Sunday, Coastal Carolina was unable to replicate the dramatics and suffered its first defeat of the season, 6-5 to Indiana on Monday at Springs Brooks Stadium in its final game of the season-opening Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament.
Indiana, ranked 17th in the country in the Perfect Game USA Preseason Top 25, overcame a 5-3 deficit and scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning. The Chants got a runner to third with no outs in the eighth after Cameron Pearcey doubled and Cory Wood singled on a bunt, but they left the bases loaded following a fly out and pair of foul-ball popups.
Coastal (3-1) had defeated No. 18 Oklahoma and Kansas State on 10th-inning RBI singles by Cory Wood and Kevin Woodall Jr. following a 17-2 win over Virginia Tech on Friday, and Indiana (3-1) had its own dramatics Sunday with a walk-off grand slam by leadoff hitter Logan Kaletha in an 8-4 win over South Alabama.
Kaletha and third baseman Luke Miller had a hand in all six Indiana runs. Kaletha, who was hit by pitches twice, scored three runs and had an RBI while Miller had five RBI and a pair of home runs.
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Coastal pitchers hit five batters, including Kaletha in the seventh. He then advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Miller grounder to shortstop.
Coastal outhit the Hoosiers 14-8 but stranded 13 runners. Wood was 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot, catcher Matt Beaird was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and both Keaton Weisz and Kieton Rivers were 2-for-5.
Coastal erupted for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Rivers singled, Michael Koenig walked, Beaird lined a two-run single through the right side of the infield, Wood had an RBI single and Weisz hit an RBI triple to the right-center field gap. Indiana tied the game in the fifth on a Kaletha RBI single and Miller homer.
Scott Kobos started for CCU and allowed five earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Shaddon Peavyhouse (0-1) took the loss after pitching 1 2/3 innings and allowing one hit and one run with no walks and three strikeouts.
Coastal faces College of Charleston at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant’s Patriot Point before hosting Illinois, West Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth in the Brittain Resorts Invitational from Friday through Monday.