Catcher Trey Wimmer had two hits, Friday.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers held off a Liberty rally, defeating the Flames, 4-2, Friday evening in a Big South game at Worthington Stadium.
Held in check by Chanticleer starting pitcher Tyler Herb through the first six innings, Liberty broke through in the seventh with two runs on three hits to close the gap and put pressure on visiting Coastal Carolina for the second straight day. However, Chanticleer reliever Ryan Connolly was able to hold off the Flames for the win. Liberty drops to 10-7 in the Big South Conference and 33-14 overall. Coastal Carolina moves to 11-3 in conference play and 29-13 overall. The Chanticleers took a 2-0 advantage during its opening at bat. Center fielder Jacob May led off the game with a single and moved to second on a bunt. Right fielder Daniel Bowman followed with a run-scoring single for a 1-0 lead. Two batters, catcher Tucker Frawley dropped a two-out single into center field, scoring Bowman to give the visitors a 2-0 edge.
After Liberty starting pitcher John Niggli retire seven consecutive batters, the Chanticleers extended their advantage in the fifth. With a man aboard, third baseman Rich Witten hit his second home run of the season, upping the Coastal Carolina lead to 4-0. In the bottom of the seventh, the Flames cut into the Chanticleer advantage. With one out, right fielder Danny Grauer got things started with the Liberty's first hit of the game, a single, and ended up on second on a fielding error by Coastal Carolina center fielder May. Catcher Trey Wimmer then reached on an infield single and third baseman Dalton Sype walked to load the bases. Two batters later, center fielder Ian Parmley drove in two runs with a single, trimming the Coastal Carolina lead to 4-2. In the ninth, first baseman Alex Close walked to open the inning. But, Connolly was able to grab a liner back to the mound by Grauer and double up Close at first. After Wimmer singled, the Chanticleer reliever was able to retire the next Flame to seal the win and record his 10th save of the year. Liberty received another solid outing from Niggli. The right-hander, 7-2, gave up four runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two batters, retiring seven consecutive batters at one point during his outing.
Herb, who did not allow a hit through the first six innings, moves to 7-2. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four batters.
Connolly pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up one hit and walking one batter.
Liberty managed four hits in the contest, with Wimmer collecting two. Coastal Carolina had nine hits. Bowman led all hitters with three hits.
The Chanticleers and the Flames will meet tomorrow afternoon in the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon on Jeffrey O. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Day. Before the game, the scholarship in the honor of the former Liberty professor will be awarded. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.