Coastal Carolina edges Hokies 4-3
O'Brien picks up three hits in loss
February 24, 2008

CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina manufactured runs in the sixth and eight innings to post a 4-3 victory over Virginia Tech in the INN-vitational at Watson Stadium on Sunday evening.

The host Chanticleers improved their record to 3-0 despite managing just four hits in the game. Tech fell to 1-2 with its second loss of the day. The Hokies out-hit their foes in both games.

Coastal broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Right fielder Scott Woodward drew a lead-off walk and then proceeded to steal second and third base. He scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by catcher Jose Iglesias. The Chants added what proved to be a much-needed insurance run in the eight inning when designated hitter Tommy Baldridge double, moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.

Coastal's final run came after Tech had loaded the bases in the top of the inning, but failed to score. Failed opportunities helped seal the Hokies' fate as they stranded 12 runners during the game, including seven in scoring position.

Tech scored first when right fielder Steve Bumbry (Cockeysville, Md.) drew a one-out walk in the top of the second inning, moved to second when designated hitter Austin Wates (Richmond, Va.) was hit by a pitch, took third on an infield single by first baseman Sean O' Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and came home on a throwing error.

Coastal's Adam Rice gave the Chanticleers the lead with one swing of his bat in the bottom of the inning, sending a homer over the left field fence after teammate Derek Martin was hit by a pitch.

Another Coastal error helped the Hokies tie the game in the fourth inning. Freshman shortstop Tony Balisteri (Lexington, Va.) reached on a one-out error and scored all the way from first on a double by O'Brien. Tech's final run came in the ninth inning when left fielder Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla.) singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a pinch-hit single by senior Matt Hacker (Richmond, Va.)

Freshman pitcher Sean McDermott (Walpole, Mass.) allowed just one hit in his first collegiate start, but took the loss. The young left-hander worked 5.2 innings, giving up three runs, walking five batters and striking out two.

Coastal Carolina starting pitcher Nick McCully picked up the victory with six innings of four-hit ball. McCully allowed two unearned runs, struck out eight batters and walked four. Pete Andrelczyk pitched 1.1 innings to pick up his second save of the season.

O'Brien had three of the Hokies' seven hits, including a pair of doubles. He reached base all five times he came to the plate during the game.

Tech and Coastal Carolina are scheduled to meet again on Monday at 2 p.m.