Visiting Coastal Carolina manufactured runs in the sixth and the seventh innings to rally from a 3-1 deficit and top Charleston Southern, 5-4, in the Buccaneers’ regular season finale on Saturday at CSU Ballpark.
CSU ends the regular season at 22-32, while Coastal finishes at 35-19.
The Bucs are the No. 8 seed in the Big South Conference tournament, which begins Tuesday. CSU will face Campbell, the North Division champion, in its tournament opener at 4:30 p.m. on the Liberty campus.
The other game on the Bucs’ half of the bracket is No. 4 Radford and No. 5 Liberty, who play immediately following CSU-Campbell on Tuesday night.
Coastal’s rally spoiled the Buccaneers’ Senior Day. CSU honored its 10 seniors in a ceremony before the game.
The Chants broke a 3-3 tie on a RBI double by Zach Remillard in the sixth, scoring Connor Owings, who walked and stole second. Coastal added an insurance run in the seventh as Alex Buccilli singled, stole second and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bucs didn’t go quietly. John Faircloth belted a solo home run to cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh. Alex Tomasovich followed with a double down the left-field line to put the tying run on base. Chase Shelton came a few feet from giving the Bucs the lead on the ensuing at-bat, flying out to the wall in left to end the inning.
Faircloth had his 11th double and second home run of the season in his first four-hit game of the year. Shelton went 2 for 4.
Coastal reliever Ryan Connolly (6-3) worked 31/3 of relief to pick up the win. Patrick Corbett worked two scoreless innings to get his third save.
CSU’s Kevin Buran (2-9) scattered 10 hits, allowing four earned runs. Joe Pistacchio struck out four in 12/3 innings of relief and had a one batter reach on a wild pitch following a strikeout.
Coastal took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a pair of two-out hits. Jake Kane doubled just out of the reach of Bucs’ right fielder Shelton to give the Chants a runner in scoring position. Buccilli followed with RBI single over the head of Bucs’ shortstop Tomasovich to give Coastal the lead.
CSU knotted things up in the bottom of the first with some two-out offense. Tomasovich yanked a double inside the bag at third for his 12th double of the season. He scored on a sharply hit RBI single from Shelton to tie it at 1.
CSU grabbed a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Jaren Sustar and Kevin Hickey put together back-to-back RBI singles to move the runs across. Shelton got the inning started with a single to right.
Coastal rallied to tie it with two runs in the top of the fifth. A sacrifice fly from Jake Kane and a two-out RBI single from Buccilli moved the runs across. Jacob May had a single and Ted Blackman walked to get the inning started.