The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers led from start to finish, en route to a 7-1 victory over the Liberty Flames, Saturday afternoon on Jeffrey O. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Day at Worthington Stadium.
Liberty falls to 10-8 in the Big South Conference and 33-15 overall. Coastal Carolina moves to 12-3 in conference play and 30-13 overall. The start of the final game of the three-game series between the two teams was delayed one and a half hours due to a thunderstorm. Both teams got on the scoreboard in the third inning, with the visiting Chanticleers posting the first three runs of the game in the top of the frame. Consecutive run-scoring singles by right fielder Daniel Bowman, designated hitter Alex Buccilli and third baseman Rich Witten gave Coastal Carolina a 3-0 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, Liberty countered with its lone run of the game. Third baseman Dalton Sype walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Left fielder Ian Parmley followed with one-out single to make it 3-1, visitors.
Coastal Carolina extended its advantage with three more runs in the fourth. With runners on first and second and two outs, Bowman singled to plate the first run of the frame. Buccilli followed with a two-run single to stretch the Chanticleer lead to 6-1.
The visitors added their final run of the game in the sixth. After the first two batters of the inning reached, an RBI single by Bowman gave Coastal Carolina what proved to be the final score of 7-1. Liberty starting pitcher Patrick Eckelbarger falls to 6-1 on the season. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two batters. Reliever Aaron Burke, the second pitcher for Coastal Carolina in the contest, moves to 7-3. The Chanticleer sidearmer pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, yielding one hit and striking out one batter. Liberty collected five hits in the game, while Coastal Carolina recorded nine. Buccilli went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the visitors. Teammate Bowman also had three hits and three RBIs. Before the game, Liberty Athletic Training Student Kyle Swanson was named the recipient of the Jeffrey Owen Taylor Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship and the day honor the late Liberty University athletic training professor, athletic trainer and avid baseball fan, who died tragically in an accident in April 2009. Liberty next hosts the North Carolina A&T Aggies on Wednesday at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.