CONWAY -- Back-to-back homers in the seventh inning propelled No. 24 Coastal Carolina to a 2-1 win over Winthrop on Friday. The Chanticleers claimed Game 1 of a three-game series with Game 2 set for 6 p.m. today.
The Eagles fell to 11-18 (2-2 Big South Conference) while Coastal improved to 23-6 (3-1).
"It was actually a very frustrating game tonight because the game beat us," coach Joe Hudak said. "I can recall seven balls hit right on the button hit right at somebody. If we'd have had any breaks at all, we could have had three or four runs."
Senior Ryan Schwartz (3-3) was solid through 6 1-3 innings, striking out a season-high seven. But Schwartz ran into trouble in the seventh, Adam Rice connecting on a solo one-out homer to tie the score at 1 and David Anderson following with another solo shot.
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"The home run that Rice hit was just a routine fly ball that the wind blew out," Hudak said. "Truly, if the wind isn't blowing, it's a routine fly ball in middle left field."
The Eagles, who had middling success against Coastal's Bobby Gagg (4-2), never got over the second homer. Winthrop's last 10 batters were retired by Gagg and Pete Andrelczyk, who collected his fourth save.
Winthrop notched its only run in the third inning when Eddie Tisdale was hit by Gagg. The junior first baseman stole second base and scored when Billy Froehlich's ground ball was booted by Coastal's Tyler Bortnick.