Feb. 18, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina's Hayes Orton hit a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the No. 18 Chanticleers a 9-6 win against the Boston College baseball team Friday in front of a regular season record crowd of 1,373 at Watson Stadium.
BC scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to gain a 6-5 lead. Senior Matt Hamlet singled up the middle and freshman Tom Bourdon walked to put runners on first and second with one out. A fielder's choice gave Coastal the second out of the inning but then a walk loaded the bases. Junior Anthony Melchionda and senior Mike Sudol both forced walks to bring home two runs and cut the deficit to one, 5-4.
Senior Garret Smith then singled to center out of the reach of the second baseman to plate two more to give the Eagles a 6-5 lead.
Junior Matt Brazis came out of the bullpen with one out in the seventh inning and held off Coastal until the ninth. Taylor Motter led off the inning with a walk and after a strikeout, reached second on a wild pitch. Rich Witten made it count with a single up the middle to tie the game. Another wild pitch moved Witten into scoring position which prompted an intentional walk to set up the double play, but Orton ended it with the homer down the line in right.
Junior Mike Dennhardt started the game on the mound for the Eagles and went 4.0 innings, allowing four runs - three earned - on four hits. Junior Kyle Prohovich pitched 2.1 innings in relief and allowed one run while fanning three.
Junior Brad Zapenas hit an RBI double in the game while junior Andrew Lawrence and Bourdon also knocked two-baggers.
The Chanticleers got on the board with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. Scott Woodward forced a leadoff walk and then stole second after the first out. Dennhardt got Tommy La Stella swinging for the second out then popped up Witten right behind the mound. A miscommunication led to a dropped ball and allowed Woodward to score.
The Eagles took their first lead of the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Junior Marc Perdios drew a leadoff walk and got himself to third with a stolen base and a wild pitch. Junior Andrew Lawrence also walked to put runners on the corners with no outs and Hamlet tied the game with a groundout. Junior Brad Zapenas brought Lawrence home with a 1-0 double that one-hopped the wall in left-center.
Coastal's Josh Conway tied the game quickly in the bottom half of the fifth when he pulled a 1-2 offering down the line in left for a solo home run to lead off the inning.
A pair of infield singles following the homer put runners on first and second with no outs and then a walk loaded the bases. Witten dropped a single in right to score two more runs to make it 4-2, but a 6-3 line drive double play stopped the Coastal rally.
Tucker Frawley added to the lead in the sixth with another leadoff homer to make it 5-2 before the Eagles' four run seventh inning.
Witten went 2-for-5 at the plate for the Chanticleers with three RBI. Orton went 2-for-4 with his game-winning homer and Conway also had a pair of hits. Starting pitcher Anthony Meo allowed two runs on three hits in 6.0 innings of work and had nine strikeouts.
BC is back in action Saturday when it faces Indiana at 5 p.m. at BB&T Coastal Field.