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Coastal Carolina Holds Off Liberty Comeback Attempt behind Lyons
Jared Lyons' relief effort allowed the Flames to mount a comeback, but Liberty could not overcome an early deficit, falling to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 8-6, in a Big South contest at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelican Ballpark, Sunday night.
Lyons came on late in the second inning with the Flames trailing, 8-2, and restored order, allowing the Flames to climb back into their contest with the Chanticleers. The left-hander scattered four hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings during the longest relief appearance of his career. The sophomore struck out a career-high seven batters and walked one.
With Lyons handcuffing Coastal Carolina, the Flames were able to plate four unanswered runs to move within two runs at 8-6 after seven innings. However, the Chanticleers were able to hold off the Flames over the final two innings for the win.
Liberty drops to 6-5 in Big South Conference play and 17-14 overall. The Flames have lost three straight contests. Coastal Carolina moves to 6-2 in conference action and 19-12 overall.
Coastal Carolina struck for five runs in the bottom of the contest's opening inning. Designated hitter Ted Blackman opened the frame with a single and moved to second on a grounder by center fielder Jacob May, which Liberty shortstop Dalton Britt misplayed for an error. After left fielder Alex Buccilli walked, catcher Will Remillard singled with the bases loaded for a 1-0 advantage. Right fielder Colin Hering followed by lining his second home run of the season inside the right field foul pole for a 5-0 Chanticleer lead.
Liberty countered with its first two runs of the contest in the top of the second. Catcher Trey Wimmer led off the inning with a walk. Two batters later, right fielder Ashton Perritt belted the first home run of his career in the left field seats, cutting Coastal Carolina's advantage to 5-2.
In the bottom of the inning, the Chanticleers plated three more runs. Shortstop Nick Oberg and Blackman began the home half of the second with back-to-back singles. May then reached on a bunt to load the bases. Two batters later, Remillard walked to force in the first run of the inning. Herring followed with a RBI fielder's choice ground ball to shortstop. Another run came home on the play for an 8-2 lead, when Flames second baseman Bryan Aanderud's throw went wide trying to complete a double play.
In the fourth, Liberty plated two runs. Perritt led off the inning with a double into the left field corner and scored on double lined into the left field corner by center fielder Ryan Cordell. Shortstop Dalton Britt followed with a run-scoring single, slicing the Chanticleer lead to 8-4.
The Flames drew closer with a two-out run in the top of the sixth. With two away, Cordell began things by lining an opposite-field triple to the bottom of the right field. Britt then singled sharply to center field to trim Liberty's deficit to three runs at 8-5.
In the seventh, Liberty inched closer. Designated hitter Nick Paxton walked with one out and stole second. Two batters later, a two-out single by first baseman Danny Grauer plated Paxton, whittling Coastal Carolina's advantage to 8-6.
But, Chanticleer reliever Ryan Connolly did not allow a run over the final two innings to seal the Coastal Carolina victory.
Liberty starter Brooks Roy drops to 3-4 on the season. He gave up eight runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out two and walked two batters.
Coastal Carolina reliever Seth Lamando moves to 3-1. After entering the game with two outs in the fourth for Chanticleers starter Tyler Herb, Lamando allowed one run on two hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Connolly recorded his seventh save of the year with his two scoreless innings of work.
Liberty collected eight hits in the contest. Britt, Cordell and Perritt each had two hits. Both of Cordell's hits went for extra bases. Coastal Carolina had nine hits in the game. Blackman collected three hits for the Chanticleers.
Liberty and Coastal Carolina will wrap-up its three-game series, tomorrow. First pitch at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is scheduled for Noon.