The Liberty Flames scored a two game sweep of Coastal Carolina to eliminate the Chanticleers from the Big South Baseball Tournament in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Flames won the first game 9-8 and followed it with an 8-0 win in the nightcap to advance to the championship game against Campbell on Saturday afternoon.
Three remarkable streaks were snapped on Friday. Coastal Carolina had won 17 straight Big South Tournament games and 20 consecutive wins against Liberty. The losses also marked the end of six straight Big South Tournament championships. Liberty raced out to a 9-0 lead in the first game thanks to a 6-run sixth inning. Coastal answered back with a six run frame of their own in the 7th highlighted by an Alex Buccilli three run homer to get within 9-8, but Ashton Perritt was able to shut the door on the mound and get the win. In the nightcap, CCU turned to Ryan Connelly, who pitched the final two innings of game one. Liberty busted opena scoreless game in the 4th inning Dalton Britt closed out a 5-run frame with a two run homer as the Flames starter Blake Fulghum threw a complete game shutout in the 8-0 win.
Coastal has a 37-21 record and will have to wait for Monday to see if they have secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Chanticleers have secured an automatic bid for the last six years and have been in the field of 64 in 11 of the last 12 years. Campbell with a 49-9 record takes on Liberty in the Big South title game. A Flames win would create Campbell and Coastal Carolina both competing for an at-large bid.