Coastal, Wheeler start NCAAs with shutout
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Cody Wheeler threw a six-hit shutout as Coastal Carolina began the NCAA tournament with a 6-0 victory over Stony Brook on Friday.
Wheeler (11-0) struck out the first two batters in the ninth before Maxx Tissenbaum grounded out off the pitcher's leg. That finished Wheeler's second complete game this season and kept the Chanticleers (52-7) in prime position at the regional. They'll take on either North Carolina State or College of Charleston on Saturday night.
Stony Brook (29-26), the America East Conference champs, face an elimination game on Saturday.
Wheeler was ahead 1-0 with two on in the fifth when he got Stephen Marino to ground into a double play to end the inning. He gave up only a hit and a walk the rest of way.