LEXINGTON, Va. -- Liberty starter Keegan Linza tossed his Big South-leading fifth complete game, and Doug Bream went 4 for 4 to lead the No. 2-seeded Flames past No. 3 Charleston Southern, 6-1, in Big South baseball tournament at Gray-Minor Stadium.
With the victory, Liberty improves to 35-22 and advances to play No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina today at 3 p.m.
Charleston Southern falls to 29-29 and will face No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb in an elimination game today at 11 a.m.
"It was a tough game," said Charleston Southern coach Stuart Lake. "You want to get in that winner's bracket and stay in it Unfortunately we're not able to. A lot of that credit you have to give to Keegan Linza, their starting pitcher, and Liberty for scoring early and being able to pitch a complete game."
Liberty jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning behind Bream's two-out, two-run blast that cleared the right field wall.
The Flames added another pair of runs in the second inning.
The game became a pitcher's duel for the next four innings. Linza retired 15 straight in that span, while Charleston Southern starter Jesse Cadenhead sat down seven consecutive Flames until Bream's single back up the middle in the sixth.
Liberty increased its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh. Zack Haley was hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a balk.
Ian Parmley's infield single moved Haley to third, Matt Williams connected on an intentional walk pitch and smacked it into centerfield to score Haley. Bream then collected his fourth hit of the game with a single to right that brought home Parmley.
Charleston Southern avoided the shutout in the eighth when Matt Still led off the inning with a double -- ending Linza's span of 15 consecutive batters retired. Two hitters later, Blake Hunt's high chopping single over third scored Still from second.
Linza (11-3) allowed six hits while striking out seven. His 11th victory of the season ties the Liberty single-season record. Bream had three RBIs with his four hits. Parmley had two hits and scored three times, and Rasmus added two hits as well.
Cadenhead took the loss to drop to 4-6. He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Hunt had two of the Buccaneers' six hits on the night.
"Linza and Bream were outstanding for us tonight," said Liberty coach Jim Toman. "Our players gave a strong effort tonight over a good team, and now we see what we can achieve as we advance tomorrow."