Coastal Carolina Downs UNC Asheville 13-2

March 25, 2011
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Tommy La Stella hit two home runs and drove in three runs as defending Big South Conference champion Coastal Carolina rolled to a 13-2 Big South Conference win over homestanding UNC Asheville Friday afternoon.

The league victory was the 36th straight for the Chanticleers (15-8, 1-0 BSC) dating back to the 2009 season. The 29th-ranked visitors led 6-0 after two innings and cruised to their 12th straight win over Asheville.

The Bulldogs (6-14, 1-3 BSC) were led at the plate by left-fielder Grant Gajdosz as he went 2-for-3. Catlin Carter broke up the Chanticleers shutout with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Coastal Carolina took advantage of four Asheville errors to score five unearned runs on the day.

Chanticleer starter Andy Meo (2-2) pitched six scoreless innings as he scattered three hits, striking out three and walking just one.

Scott Woodward went 3-for-3 from the plate for Coastal Carolina with a double. He scored three runs and drove in a run. La Stella also went 3-for-3 and two runs scored.

Woodward opened the game with a double and then scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 CCU lead in the first inning.

The Chanticleers added five runs in the second inning to pad the lead to 6-0. La Stella hit his first home run of the day, a long shot to right-field, driving in the final two runs of the inning.

Asheville starter Ryan Dull (1-3) settled down after the second inning and held CCU scoreless until being taken out after the fifth inning.

The Chanticleers took advantage of three Bulldog errors to score five times in the sixth to lead 11-0. La Stella hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot, for the final run of the inning.

Asheville's best scoring chance against Meo came in the first inning. With two outs, Patrick Koontz and Gajdosz singled to put runners on first and second. Mike Vaughn then hit a line drive to right-center that right-fielder Daniel Bowman made a nice catch on to end the threat.

The teams are scheduled to play the second game of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. However, there is a threat of thunderstorms and rain in the forecast for the Asheville area on Saturday.  Please check www.uncabulldogs.com for updates. Saturday and Sunday's games will not be video-streamed due to threat of inclement weather.  


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