May 24, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Coastal Carolina had two streaks come to an end Friday with a 9-8 loss to Liberty in a semifinal game of the Big South Championship at Liberty Baseball Stadium. The two teams will play a seven inning game Friday evening to determine who will advance to the Championship versus Campbell Saturday.
Coastal (37-20) has won 20 straight over the Flames (32-27), dating back to 2008, and 17 straight games at the Big South Tournament, dating back to 2009.
Liberty raced out to a 9-0 lead, but Coastal scored eight unanswered in the sixth and seventh innings, but Flames closer Ashton Perritt closed out the game to record his eighth save.
Liberty scratched the scoreboard first with three runs in the second. Bryan Aanderud reached on a one-out single and Justin Sizemore followed with a walk. Alex Close hit a wind-blown double to score and Aanderud. After a strikeout, Jake Kimble used the win to line a double to right field to score Sizemore and Close.
The Flames sent 10 men to the plate in the sixth and took a 9-0 lead. Close and Kimble were key in starting the rally. Close drew a one-out walk moved to second a Dalton Britt single and scored on Kimble's RBI single to left-center field. Ashton Perritt walked to load the bases and Ryan Cordell reached on an RBI fielder's choice, keeping runners at the corners. Trey Wimmer walked to once again load the bases and Danny Grauer followed was a walk to force in a run. Aanderud then delivered a two-run single to right field, putting runners on the corners. A balk brought home the sixth run of the inning.
Coastal ended the shutout bid in the home half of the sixth. Josh Powell walked, moved to third on an infield hit and error and scored on Jacob May's sacrifice fly to right. Connor Owings blooped a single to right-center to put runners on the corners and Alex Buccilli plated Blackman with an RBI single to right.
The Chants sent nine men to the play and scored six in the in the seventh to trail 9-8. Colin Hering hit a leadoff single and moved to second with Zach Remillard reached on an error. Two batters later Nick Oberg singled to load the bases and Ted Blackman walked to force home Hering. May was hit by a pitch to score Remillard and keep the bases loaded. Owings cut the deficit to four, 9-5, with a sacrifice fly to center. With two on and two out, Buccilli hit his first home run of the season, trimming the deficit to one.
Jared Lyons (5-0) earned the win, allowing four hits and two runs over 5.2 innings. Seth Lamando (5-4) was saddled with the loss. He allowed seven hits and five runs over 5.1 innings. Mike Morrison and Ryan Connolly pitched three scoreless innings to keep Coastal in the game.