WILMINGTON, NC – CJ Roth hit a homerun and three Pilots combined for a one-hit victory over the Wilmington Sharks by the score of 5-1 on Thursday night at Buck Hardee Field.
With the Pilots leading 1-0 going into the 7th inning, the visitors added to their lead with a four-run inning. Ryan Kilmon (James Madison) walked to lead off the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sam Tidaback (Ball State) walked to put runners on the corners with one out. Khalil Searcy (Jacksonville) brought in Kilmon on a RBI groundout. The next batter, CJ Roth (Longwood) deposited a two-run home run down the right field line to push the lead to 4-0 in favor of the Pilots. The Pilots added another run later in the inning when Kyle Johnson (Purdue) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
That would be all the Pilots would need as three pitchers combined for a one-hit victory. Matt Outman (Norfolk State) got the call to start for the visitors and answered with five hitless innings and struck out six Sharks on the night for his first victory of the summer. Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry) followed with a three inning appearance giving up a run on a hit and striking out three. Grayson Bailey (Lee) pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the victory.
The Pilots scored the first run of the game for the third straight game as Andres Nelo (Lee) scored on a passed ball after hitting a triple to right-center. After the Pilots extended the lead to 5-0, the Sharks got their first hit and run in the bottom of the 7th inning but the game was well in the hands of the Pilots. Tyler Carroll (James Madison) put the Sharks on the board with a RBI single to right field to cut the Pilots’ lead to four but Rosenberger and Bailey kept the Sharks off the board for the remainder of the night.
Brandon Stephens (Georgia) and Tidaback added hits for the Pilots to give the team their second road win in as many tries.
The Sharks’ starter, William Gilbert (NC State) was a hard-luck loser giving up a run in six innings while striking out nine. Jackson Metcalf (Francis Marion) and Joseph O’Donnell (NC State) combined for 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief for the Sharks.
The Pilots will head to Morehead City to finish the two game road trip on Friday night before they return home on Saturday against Wilson. Saturday’s game will be Paradise Night so be sure to be ready to celebrate with us Hawaiian style! First pitch is set for 7:05pm. For more information regarding the season, please visit www.peninsulapilots.com. For up to the minute details on Pilots Baseball be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PeninsulaPilots. Use the #PilotsNation to spread the word about the Pilots!
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The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had nearly 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at coastalplain.com and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).