Pitcher’s Park? Not Today

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.–Coastal Federal Field has a reputation as one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the minor leagues, but it’s not playing like it this afternoon. After a 44-minute lightning delay in the eighth inning of the St. John’s-Virginia Commonwealth game, the wind began howling out to left-center field. There were two homers in the ninth inning of that game, and we’ve already seen 10 runs scored in the first two innings of the Clemson-Coastal Carolina game. Andy D’Alessio, who crushed a two-run double high off the wall in right-center back in the first, hit what appeared to be a routine fly ball to center field with a man on in the second, but it just kept carrying and cleared the wall in left-center. That gave Clemson a 6-4 lead and hastened the departure of Coastal starter John Mariotti, who was pulled for righthander David Anderson. Anderson is no stranger to long relief stints, and he might be able to keep this thing close. Clemson starter David Kopp might not be far behind Mariotti. This is not the same Kopp that shut down Florida State in the ACC tournament last week, and his pitch count has already climbed into the mid-50s in the third inning.