Texas Rangers beat CCU 6-2 as MLB comes to Grand Strand

AL MVP Josh Hamilton had an RBI single in the 4th

It was only an exhibition game, but for Coastal Carolina it had to feel like playing in the World Series. The Chanticleers showed their mettle against the defending AL champs in a 6-2 defeat in front of a sold out crowd at BB&T Coastal Field. CCU used five relief pitchers for one inning and gave up just two hits and two runs. CCU retired the first nine Texas batters. In the 4th, the Rangers got a pair of RBI singles from Josh Hamilton and Michael Young to take a 2-0 lead. The Texas everyday lineup played for the first five innings and Coastal actually outhit the Texas regulars 3-2 and trailed 2-1 in the sixth inning. Coastal's run came on a double play groundout from Scott Woodward.

In a predetermined move, Ron Washington elected to give some of his arms some work by pitching for Coastal Carolina. Neil Ramirez, pitching for Coastal, gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. In the ninth inning, CCU shortstop Taylor Motter had an RBI single off of Texas closer Netfali Feliz.

CCU vs Texas Rangers box score

Sports Director Rich Chrampanis was at the game and offers his insight:

Classy Big Leaguers

I was very impressed with how the Rangers handled themselves. After all, Texas had every right to be not so eager to play in Myrtle Beach. The Rangers flew cross country from Phoenix and arrived overnight. They have to play their AAA affiliate, Round Rock, in Texas and then get ready for the Red Sox on opening day this Friday. The players were more than accomodating to fans and it was great to see Josh Hamilton pose for pictures and sign autographs. The highlight of the night for me was seeing the Rangers make a concerted effort to interact with the CCU players. When Tommy LaStella had his base hit in the first, Michael Young made it a point to tap him on the helmet and congratulate him on getting a hit off a big league pitcher.

Confidence Boost

It hasn't been a season to remember for the Chanticleers thus far. It was an exhibition and the difference between the big leagues and college is light years, but CCU played at a high level. It will be interesting to see if its sparks this team towards getting back on track with Liberty coming to town this weekend.

The Greenberg Effect

Kudos to Chuck Greenberg and making this day happen. At the time, Greenberg was the Pelicans owner and the president and CEO of the Texas Rangers when this deal came together. But a couple of weeks ago, Greenberg was ousted and sold his minority interest in the big league club. Prior to the game, I asked him if it was bittersweet to have this day knowing he was no longer part of the major league franchise. He completely avoided the question. Nonetheless, it was Greenberg who brought one of the best days on the Grand Strand sports scene.