Coastal Carolina outfielder Tommy Baldridge hit a three-run home run and the Chanticleers scored seven runs in the eighth inning for a 13-10 comeback win over Alabama in the NCAA Conway Regional on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina will play the winner of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game between Alabama and East Carolina on Sunday at 7 p.m., and can advance to the school’s first Super Regional with a win.
The Chanticleers (49-12) trailed 10-6 entering the eighth inning, but scored three runs to quickly narrow the gap. With two outs and runners on second and third, Adam Rice hit a grounder to Alabama second baseman Ross Wilson, whose fielding error allowed a run to score and extended the inning.
Baldridge then blasted a 3-1 offering from Josh Copeland over the left centerfield wall to send the Chanticleers to their first lead since the fourth inning.
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Behind four home runs, including two from Wilson, Alabama had built a comfortable lead, but the Crimson Tide’s pitching woes eventually caught up to them. Alabama used six pitchers in the loss.
Coastal Carolina reliever Pete Andrelczyk picked up the win and improved to 6-1. Will Stroup was credited with the loss and fell to 5-4.