HPU Baseball Falls To No. 25 Coastal Carolina In Series Finale, 6-2

• High Point lost to No. 25 Coastal Carolina by a score of 6-2 in the series finale on Monday.
• The loss drops HPU back to .500 on the season at 17-17.
• Senior Spencer Angelis and sophomore Josh Greene each had three hits in the contest for the Panthers.

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University baseball team dropped the final game of its weekend series against No. 25 Coastal Carolina by a score of 6-2 on Monday afternoon at Williard Stadium. Senior Spencer Angelis and sophomore Josh Greene both had three hits in the loss.

“Anytime you get swept it is miserable,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “We are not timely at all right now. We aren’t getting timely hitting and we’re not getting timely pitching. When you get into that situation it is pretty tough to win ballgames. We left 11 guys on base today and when we scored two runs late in the game we let them come back with two the next inning. We need to get this figured out moving forward.”

Senior Conor Lourey was charged with the loss for High Point in his first HPU start, dropping to 1-1. Lourey pitched 5-1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Lourey left with the game still scoreless and a man on first and was charged with the loss when the runner came around to score.

Andrew Beckwith earned the win in relief for CCU and improved to 3-1 on the season. Beckwith pitched 3-1/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on four hits with one strikeout.

The loss drops High Point to 17-17 overall and 6-6 in the Big South. Coastal Carolina improves to 26-9 overall and 10-2 in Big South action.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning when Coastal Carolina scored four runs to take a 4-0 lead. The Chanticleers loaded the bases before scoring the first run of the game on a ground ball up the middle by Anthony Marks. A balk by reliever Scot Hoffman brought home the second run and an RBI single by Michael Paez plated the final two runs.

High Point cut the Chanticleer lead in half with two runs in the seventh to make the score 4-2. Angelis hit a two-out single and freshman Carson Jackson reached on an error to give HPU runners on the corners. Greene drove in Angelis with an RBI single and senior Cody Manzella followed with an RBI double to plate Jackson.

Coastal Carolina answered the two HPU runs with two of its own in the following inning to push its lead back to four at 6-2. Connor Owings had an RBI groundout and Paez picked up his second RBI of the day with a single.

Angelis went 3-5 on the day with a run scored and Greene finished 3-4 with an RBI for the Panthers. The pair accounted for six of High Point’s nine hits on the day.

High Point will play its fourth game in as many days when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Tuesday, April 14, to take on North Carolina. First pitch in the game is set for 6 p.m.