Chants use long ball to take rubber match from Liberty

ccubase-6Coastal Carolina hit three home runs, including a grand slam by Connor Owings for his fourth round-tripper in the three-game series, to win a rain-shortened 12-1 series finale versus Liberty in five innings Monday afternoon.

The 26th-ranked Chanticleers improve to 34-16 overall and 16-5 in the Big South while Liberty falls to 31-19, 15-6.

After the final out of the fifth inning – at 3:01 pm, officials halted the game due to lightning in the area. Thirty minutes later, a severe thunderstorm forced the cancelation of the game. By NCAA rules, the game was an official contest since the teams played mandatory five innings.

Owings finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. For the three-game series, he was 6-for-12 with nine RBI, six runs scored and four home runs. (He hit a solo home run to tie the game 4-4 in a loss Friday, hit two, 2-run home runs on a 7-4 win Saturday and hit his first career grand slam in the win Monday.)

Also having a career day was freshman second baseman Seth Lancaster. The Hanahan product was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Zach Remillard and G.K Young each added two hits while Casey Schroeder had two RBI.

Coastal used three home runs to score its first seven runs of the game.

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