Clemson and CCU head to losers brackets at NCAA Baseball Regionals

The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 7-3 at the NCAA Baseball Regional in Blacksburg, Virginia on Friday.

Coastal scored the first three runs of the contest, but Oklahoma settled down. Max White and Matt Oberste each drove in a pair of runs, and Sooners starting pitcher Jonathan Gray tossed a complete game with 11 strikeouts.

Coastal Carolina will play an elimination game against Virginia Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m. Connecticut beat regional host Virginia Tech 5-2 in the opening round.

At the Columbia Regional, Catcher Trey Wimmer drove in six runs, starter Josh Richardson scattered six hits and Liberty won its first NCAA tournament game in 13 years with an 8-3 victory over Clemson.

Wimmer is a South Carolina native who grew up a Tiger fan. Yet he battered his old favorites with a three-run homer and a two-run double for the Flames (35-27), who've won six straight this postseason, taking the Big South tournament title.

The Tigers (39-21) went cold in the middle innings as Richardson retired 17 straight batters, a string that ended with Steven Duggar's leadoff double in the ninth. Clemson has lost six straight games and needs to win an elimination game Saturday to keep going. The Tigers will take on St. Louis in the losers bracket at 2 p.m.

Liberty's last NCAA victory came at South Carolina's defunct Sarge Frye Field in 2000 when Flames coach Jim Toman was an assistant coach for the Gamecocks.