May's big day leads Coastal Carolina to series win at No. 23 Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Jacob May robbed a two-run home run in the first inning and hit a two-run home run in the second inning with that four-run swing proving key in a 12-8 Coastal Carolina win Sunday afternoon at No. 23 Georgia Tech. With the win, the Chanticleers improve to 29-18 and win the weekend series against the Yellow Jackets (29-18).
Overall, seven Chanticleers had at least one RBI, including three each from May and Zach Remillard. Eight Chants had at least two hits. The only CCU player that did not have at least two hits as Will Remillard, who hit a key solo home run in the seventh to tie the game and spark a seven-run outburst.
Coastal jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Ted Blackman hit the second pitch of the game back up the middle for a single. May moved Blackman to second on a sacrifice bunt and, with two outs, Alex Buccilli singled to right field to drive in Blackman.
In the home half of the first, with one on and one out, Daniel Palka, who was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in the game, hit a deep drive to center field. May timed his jump and robbed a potential two-run home run.
Coastal started the second inning with a solo home run by Z. Remillard. Connor Owings followed with single. With two out -- after robbing a two-run home run in the first, May hit a two-run home run to give CCU a 4-0 lead. The blast was May's fifth of the season.
The Chants pushed its lead to 5-0 in the third. Jake Kane hit a leadoff single and moved to third on a third on a hit-and-run single by Colin Hering. Remillard drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
Georgia Tech had no hits until getting two outs in the third. Then, after a Kyle Wren drew a two-out walk, the Jackets hit six consecutive singles to tie the game at 5-5.
The Jackets manufactured a run in the fourth to grab a 6-5 lead. Wren singled, stole second, moved to third on a Brandon Thomas single and scored on Palka's sacrifice fly to center.
In the seventh, scored seven runs on eight hits -- sending 10 men to the plate -- to take a 12-6 lead. Will Remillard matched his little brother by hitting a solo home run to left field. The blast by the elder Remillard tied the game at 6-6 and was his second home run of the season. Buccilli, Kane, Hering and Z. Remillard followed with consecutive singles, the last two being of the RBI variety to chase Tech's Alex Cruz. Owings welcomed new pitcher Sam Clay with an RBI bunt single. After Nick Oberg walked to load the bases, Ted Blackman lined a two-run single to right. May followed with an RBI single.
Tech`s Palka hit a pair of leadoff home runs, one in the seventh and one in the ninth, to provide the score of 12-8.
Patrick Corbett (2-2) earned the win in relief. The sophomore pitched 3.1 innings and scattered six hits. He allowed one run and no walks with a strikeout. Ryan Connolly picked up his 11 save of the season, pitching the final three innings. He allowed five hits and two solo home runs with no walks and three strikeouts. For Connolly, it marked his 131st career appearance, moving the senior to 10th on the NCAA's all-time list.
Cruz (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs over 4.2 innings.
Coastal Carolina will return to action this weekend for a three-game series with UNC Asheville.