No. 27 Coastal Carolina Sneaks Past Herd Baseball, 4-2





March 5, 2011

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CONWAY, S.C. - Marshall starter Mike Mason held to the 27th-ranked Coastal Carolina offense to three runs over the first six innings, but the Thundering Herd bats managed just two hits, falling 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Watson Stadium.

MU (4-5) received a quality start from Mason, who fanned six over six innings, but he was still the tough-luck loser, dropping to 0-2 on the young season.  He surrendered three runs (all earned) on five hits, while walking three.

CCU (7-4) only collected six hits in the victory, as Hayes Orton knocked in two for the winning squad. Stefan del Pino (2-0) earned the victory, striking out four in the first five frames.  Jordan Coons recorded the last four outs to pick up his first save.

Marshall spotted CCU two runs in the first as the Chanticleers collected three singles in a row, which featured RBI base hits by Orton and Tommy La Stella.  Mason eventually worked out of the top of the first and settled down.

The Maumee, Ohio native allowed a leadoff hit in the second, but then sent down the next eight batters in a row until Coastal Carolina pushed across its third run in the fifth.  The Chanticleers loaded the bases with one out, but managed to score just one on a fielder's choice by Orton.

The Herd posted its first run in the top of the fourth, when Victor Gomez raced home on a RBI ground out from James Lavinskas.  Gomez walked earlier in the inning and advanced to third on a double that was clubbed by Thor Meeks.

MU knotted the game in the fifth, when Rhett Stafford, who doubled to start the frame, came around to score on a wild pitch by CCU starter Stefan del Pino.

CCU answered back in the fifth with a run and added an insurance run in the seventh on a sac fly to round out the day's scoring.