Coastal Carolina Knocks Off Kansas, 11-3
May 29, 2009
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
Kansas shortstop David Narodowski hit a pair of solo homers and had three hits on the day, but it was not nearly enough. No. 2 seeded Coastal Carolina scored six runs in the first three innings and breezed to an 11-3 triumph over Kansas in the first day of the NCAA Tournament Friday at Boshamer Stadium.
The Chanticleers move on in the winner’s bracket and will play the winner of the North Carolina/Dartmouth game at 4 p.m. Saturday, while the Jayhawks will face the loser of the Tar Heel/Big Green game at noon in a loser’s out contest. The loss is KU’s fourth straight, its longest losing streak of the season.
Coastal Carolina scored three runs on Jayhawk starting pitcher T.J. Walz in the first inning on a three-run homer by David Anderson. Anderson’s 20th round-tripper of the season followed a leadoff single by Rico Noel and a hit batsman.
After the Chanticleers added a run in the second, KU got on the board with Narodowski’s first home run of the day, a solo shot to center field. In the fifth inning, the Kansas shortstop struck again with a line drive down the line in left field to bring the Jayhawks within 6-2.
However, CCU put the game away in the sixth as Daniel Bowman hit a two-run homer to right field and Taylor Motter added an RBI single as the Chanticleers enjoyed their second three-run inning of the game.
KU sophomore Tony Thompson extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a ground ball that hit the foot of Brian Heere. Thompson’s streak is his third of the season of at least 14 games this season.
Narodowski’s multi-homer game was KU’s fifth of the season, and second by the Jayhawk shortstop.
The Jayhawks turned three double plays, which was a postseason record for the team.
Coastal Carolina starting pitcher Nick McCully earned his eighth victory of the season, allowing three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings with four walks and four strikeouts.
CCU designated hitter Adam Rice and right fielder Daniel Bowman each had three hits to pace the Chanticleers.