One big inning was all it took Saturday.
After putting up nine runs against Longwood in the second frame, the Coastal Carolina men’s baseball team took command and held off the Lancers for an 11-2 road victory to take the weekend series.
The Chanticleers (13-8, 2-1 Big South) have won six of their last seven and were led Saturday by Billy Cooke, who was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored, and Tyler Chadwick, who went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
CCU starter Alex Cunningham (3-1) picked up the win as he struck out four, tossed six innings and allowed three hits, two runs and four walks.
Coastal freshman Austin Kitchen, who picked up his first career win last Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, received his first save of the season Saturday. Kitchen retired all nine batters he faced with five strikeouts across the final three frames.
The Chanticleers are set to return to action Tuesday at the College of Charleston.
Track and field
Coastal Carolina notched multiple first-place honors and top-10 finishes to close out the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational XX on a strong note.
Redshirt senior Desmond Wallace claimed first place (0:13.87) in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time, while Kevondre’ Hunt was sixth (0:14.58) and Dee Jennings finished seventh (0:14.81) in the event.
Jerome Coaxum Jr. was eighth (0:53.56), and Trey Stanley finished ninth (0:53.75) in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, while Zach Bolton delivered a fourth-place finish and set a new Coastal Carolina program record in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.33 meters (53-07).
Coastal had two athletes place in the top five in the men's pole vault, as well, as Zachary Connell came in second with a leap of 4.30m (14-01.25) and Alex Botello tied for third with a launch of 4.15m (13-07.25). Brandon Richardson dominated in the men's high jump seeded, continuing his solid season with a jump of 2.00m (6-06.75), which was good for 10th place.
Also, Derrick Kinloch finished seventh in the men's triple jump, delivering a mark of 14.69m (48-02.50). On the women's side of the triple jump, Coastal's Amirah Al-Bayyinah ran away with a fourth-place finish with a score of 12.18m (39-11.50).
In other action, Coastal's women’s 4x100-meter relay team (Teka Simpson, Karissa Lunn, Anacia Hines and Kelila Naules) was sixth with a time of 46.66. On the men's side of the 4x100-meter relay, Coastal's team of Kahlim Denmark, Chiason Tenkiang, Ryan McCain and Therius Styles finished fifth with a mark of 40.78.
Denmark set a new personal-best mark and was third (0:21.47) in the finals of the men's seeded 200-meter dash. Devontaye Edwards had a fourth-place finish and set a new personal-best mark in the men's discus, throwing for 52.00m (170-07). In the women's javelin, Chloe White had a sixth-place finish with a throw of 42.18m (138-05).
Meanwhile, Braylon Wilkerson was eighth (0:48.20) in the seeded men's 400-meter dash and Richard Finch IV was 10th (5-10.75) in the men’s high jump. Elsewhere, Coastal had two top 10 finishers in the seeded women's 800-meter run, with Aynslee van Graan placing sixth (2:13.93) and Imani Boatwright finishing tenth (2:14.67).
In the women's 1-mile run (seeded), Kyla van Graan placed fourth with a time of 5:01.74. Coastal's team of Coaxum, Stanley, Jennings and Braylon Wilkerson put a cap on the afternoon with a fifth-place finish in the men's 4x400-meter relay (3:16.70).
Coastal also placed in the Mayor's Relay Cup, as the men's team placed fifth with 11 points and the women's team (six points) finished tied for seventh.