Chants close regular season with 5-4 victory over Bucs

Alex Buccilli had three hits to help Coastal Carolina closed the regular season by winning a weekend series at Charleston Southern, holding on for a 5-4 win Saturday at CSU Ballpark.

The Chanticleers (35-19, 18-6 Big South) will enter next week’s Big south Tournament as the #2 seed and will face Longwood Tuesday in the opening round. The Buccaneers fall to 22-32, 11-13 and will face top seed Campbell.

Buccilli also drove in two and scored what proved to be the game winning in the seventh on a wild pitch. Jacob May, Zach Remillard and Nick Oberg each added two hits in the win.

As it did in game two of the series, Coastal scored in the first inning thanks to a Jake Kane double. Yesterday, Kane hit a two-run double. Saturday, Kane hit a two-out double and scored on Buccilli’s RBI single to left-center field.

Charleston Southern used the same formula to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Alex Tomasovich delivered a two-out double and scored on Chase Shelton’s single.

The Buccaneers took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Shelton had a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Jaren Sustar’s two-out, RBI single. Ben Qualkinbush walked and Kevin Hickey followed with an RBI bloop single to center.

Ryan Connolly (6-3) picked up the win in his 133rd career appearance. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four hits – including a solo home run, with one walk and two strikeouts. Patrick Corbett worked the final two innings to pick up his third save of the season. The sophomore allowed one hit with three strikeouts.

Coastal Carolina won the Big South’s South Division Championship to earn the No. 2 seed in the Big South Championship.  The Chanticleers finished the season with an 18-6 Big South record, one game behind top seed Campbell.  The Chants open the Big South tournament at Liberty on Tuesday against Longwood at 9:30 a.m.

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