Coastal Rallies to Take Down Wake Forest 7-6
March 19, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Coastal Carolina scored two runs in the top of the eighth and the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth to come from behind and defeat Wake Forest 7-6 on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Both teams are now one game above .500 on the season, as the Chanticleers are 11-10 and the Demon Deacons are 12-11.
Kevin Jordan was tremendous at the plate and was just a home run away from the cycle, going 3-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a double and a triple. The effort was Jordan's second-career three-hit game, as he also accomplished the feat on May 15 of last season at home against Charlotte.
Evan Stephens continued to roll at the plate and had three more hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, two walks, a double and two stolen bases. He is now a perfect 7-for-7 on the base paths this season. Brett Armour was the third Deacon to record multiple hits with a 2-for-5 day.
Matt Conway started on the mound and went a career-high five innings but got the no decision. Connor Kaden (0-1) suffered the loss, but his only run allowed was an unearned run. Seth Lamando went to 2-1 with the win, and Ryan Connolly earned his fourth save of the season.
Wake Forest and Coastal Carolina traded runs in the first few innings and were tied at 3-3 after the third. Jack Carey drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, Jordan doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the second and Andrew Williams scored on an error after an infield single by Armour in the third.
The Chanticleers took the lead again in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Colin Hering, but the Deacs would take a 5-4 lead after scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan tied the game with an RBI triple to right field that scored Armour all the way from first base, and Stephens scored Jordan with a double down the left field line.
Wake Forest then scored again in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 6-4. Williams doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning and moved to third on a bunt single by Armour. With runners on the corners, Kevin Conway laced a pinch-hit single into left center to bring Williams home.
Four consecutive hits to lead off the top of the eighth helped Coastal Carolina knot the game at 6-6, and the Chanticleers were able to take the 7-6 lead with an unearned run in the top of the ninth.
Wake Forest had several opportunities to add more runs throughout the contest, as the Demon Deacons left 14 runners on base for the game.
The Deacs will travel in conference for the first time this weekend when they head to Maryland for a three-game series against the Terrapins in College Park.