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Coastal Carolina Edges Liberty, 2-1

March 30, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Third baseman Cody Brown hit his second home run of the season Sunday.

Third baseman Cody Brown hit his second home run of the season Sunday.

Coastal Carolina starter Nick McCully held the Flames in check over the first eight innings, as the 18th-ranked Chanticleers defeated Liberty, 2-1, in a cold and damp Big South series finale at Worthington Stadium, Sunday.

Liberty drops to 12-12 on the year and begins conference play at 1-2. Coastal Carolina improves to 21-6 and 2-1 in Big South action.

The Chanticleers staked themselves to a 1-0 advantage in the second inning. With two out and runners on first and third, third baseman Scott Woodward legged out a bunt single to plate right fielder Tommy Baldridge with the first run of the contest.

Coastal Carolina added to its lead in the fourth inning, striking with two outs. Woodward doubled to the left-center field gap and scored on a single by second baseman Rico Noel.

Meanwhile, McCully kept the Flames off the scoreboard through the first six innings, allowing only two hits. In the seventh, Liberty third baseman Cody Brown (Jr., 3B, Boca Raton, Fla.) led off the frame by connecting for his second home run of the season, slicing the Coastal Carolina advantage to 2-1.

In the bottom of the ninth, McCully walked leadoff hitter David Giammaresi (Sr., 1B, Coral Springs, Fla.) to open the inning. However, reliever Joey Haug retired the next Flames hitter on a fly out and then ended the contest by inducing a double play.

Liberty starter Ryan Page (Sr., LHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.) falls to 0-3 on the season, after allowing two runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. McNully ups his season mark to 4-1, yielding one run on three hits over eight innings. Haug worked the ninth inning to record his third save of the year.

Adam Rice paced the Chanticleers by going 4-for-5 in the game, while Woodward was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

Liberty next hosts William & Mary on Tuesday night at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.