Courtesy: CCU Media Relations
MYRTLE BEACH – Coastal Carolina scored eight runs in the first two innings and held on for an 8-6 victory over Liberty Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. With the win, the Chanticleers, winners in 10 of their last 12, improve to 19-12 overall, 6-2 in the Big South and extend their streak to 19 consecutive wins over the Flames (17-14, 6-5).
While Coastal jumped out the big lead, Liberty battled its way back into the game, scoring twice in the fourth, once in the sixth and once in the seventh. Flames relief pitcher Jared Lyons was impressive in the effort, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings and striking out a career-high seven. However, Coastal Carolina senior Ryan Connolly retired all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings, striking out one, to end further threats in recording his seventh save of the season.
As it did in game one Saturday, Coastal struck first. Ted Blackman, who was 3-for-4, had a leadoff single and Jacob May reached on an error. A walk to Alex Buccilli loaded the bases, setting the stage for Will Remillard's RBI single. With the bases still loaded, Colin Hering cleared the bases with a grand slam down the right field line and 5-0 advantage. It was Hering's second home run of the season and Coastal's first grand slam since Justin Creel accomplished the feat last May at Charleston Southern.
The Flames answered in the top of the second. Trey Wimmer drew a leadoff walk and, two batters later, Ashton Perritt hit a line-drive, two-run home run over the left field wall.
The Chanticleers got those two runs back and one more in the home half of the second to go up 8-2. Coastal loaded the bases on a Nick Oberg single, Blackman single and May fielder's choice. With one out, Remillard walked to force in Oberg. Hering followed with an RBI ground ball, but a throwing error allowed a second run to score on the play.
Even though the teams scored a combined 14 runs with 17 hits, the pitching staffs combined for 21 strikeouts.
Seth Lamando (3-1) was credited with the win. The freshman pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing two hits and one run with three strikeouts. Tyler Herb started but left after 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and four runs with three walks and six strikeouts.