CONWAY, S.C. - #4 Coastal Carolina broke open a close games with six runs in the final three innings to defeat UNC Asheville, 7-1 and complete a three-game Big South Conference sweep over the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon.
Senior right-hander Justin Schumer (1-6) limited the Chanticleers (39-6, 17-0 BSC) to just one hit and one run over the first five innings before CCU scored twice in the sixth to take the lead at 3-1.
Asheville (12-29, 5-16 BSC) had tied the game in the fifth inning when sophomore third baseman Cody Buch hit a home run to knot the game at 1-1.
Coastal would take the lead for good in the sixth. Ric Noel walked and moved to second on a sacrifice from Scott Woodward. Noel then stole third and scored on a throwing error from Jonny Eaker. Jose Iglesias then hit a 2-0 pitch from Schumer over the wall in left to make it 3-1 Chants. It was Iglesias' 11th home run of the season.
Adam Rice and redshirt-sophomore Rich Witten then each went deep in the seventh to make it 5-1 Chants. A two-run double from Motter in the eighth gave the Chants insurance for their 30th straight BSC home victory.
The Bulldogs had 10 hits on the day but two double-plays by Coastal Carolina's defense hurt potential Asheville rallies. Robert McIntosh, Jacob Edwards and Buch all had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Schumer allowed just three hits in six innings of work against the powerful CCU offense as he walked four and struck out five.
The Bulldogs will take some time off for exams. They will resume play at ETSU in a double-header on May 11. Asheville's next home game will be with Appalachian State at McCormick Field on May 12 starting at 1 p.m.