Sixth-seeded Coastal Carolina pulled off a 9-2 upset of third-seeded Campbell (35-19) in the Big South tournament’s second game of the day at Winthrop Ballpark on Tuesday, thanks in part to three costly errors by the Camels.
The Chanticleers (24-31) jumped in front with a four-run third inning. Run-scoring hits by Michael Paez and Connor Owings did the trick for the lower-seeded Coastal club. Gary Gilmore’s team then piled on five more in the top of the eighth to seal the first round upset. Outfielder Colin Hering’s two-run single was the big hit in the rally.
Owings went 3-for-5 at the plate for the Chanticleers, while Tyler Chadwick went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Tyler Herb threw eight innings for Coastal, allowing five hits and two runs to pick up the win.
Coastal faces Winthrop on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the tournament’s second round, while Campbell and Charleston Southern square off at 9:30 a.m. in an elimination game.
Liberty 3, Gardner-Webb 0: Big South pitcher of the year Trey Lambert tossed a four-hit shutout as top-seeded Liberty knocked off eight-seed Gardner-Webb 3-0 in a sunset-delayed third game.
The Flames (40-14) scored twice in the bottom of the second, thanks in a part to an RBI double from Ashton Perritt. Lambert struck out five to improve to 11-2 on the season, while Matt Marsh pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get the save.