Coastal Carolina Edged 4-3 at #22 Liberty
May 10, 2014
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty used a three-run sixth inning to claim a 4-3 come-from-behind victory versus Coastal Carolina Saturday night. The 22nd-ranked Flames (37-11, 21-1 Big South) and Chanticleers (22-28, 12-11) conclude the series Sunday with first pitch set for 2 pm.
At it did in game one, Coastal grabbed an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Michael Paez reached on a one-out single and stole second. Two batters later, Zach Remillard lined a two-out, RBI double down the left field line. After Tyler Chadwick drew a four-pitch walk, Kyle Jackson delivered an RBI single to left field, plating Remillard.
The Flames cut their deficit in half in the fourth. Ryan Seiz had a leadoff double and scored on a two-out double by Alex Close.
The Chants got that runs back in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. Steven Whitaker and Paez singled before Jake Kane was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Remillard's fly ball to center was deep enough to bring home Whitaker for the sacrifice fly.
In the decisive sixth inning, Will Shepherd reached on a leadoff single and Seiz reached on error. After a sacrifice bunt, Danny Grauer brought the two home with a double off the left field wall. Alex Close followed with an RBI single to center to provide the eventual 4-3 final.
Coastal out-hit the Flames 10-7 and received a solid pitching performance from Austin Kerr (2-2) in a losing effort. The junior scattered seven hits and allowed four runs (three earned) in his six innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Andrew Beckwith worked the final two innings and did not allow a hit, run or walk with three strikeouts.
Blake Fulghum (4-2) was credited with the win. He allowed 10 hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Matt March earned his first save, pitching two scoreless and hitless innings with three strikeouts.