No. 20 Chants down Bucs to wrap up Big South title

ccubase-fistAnthony Marks drove in three runners and robbed a home run in the field to lead #20 Coastal Carolina to a 6-0 victory at Charleston Southern as well as helping the Chanticleers clinch their 16th Big South regular-season championship.

Coastal improves to 36-15 overall and 18-3 in the Big South. The Chants take a five-game lead into the final weekend of the season.

The Chanticleers will host a pivotal non-conference game on Tuesday (6 pm) when they welcome region rival UNC Wilmington to Springs Brooks Stadium. CCU will then host Campbell, who is second in the Big South standings, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to close the regular season.

In addition to Marks going 2-for-4, Coastal was led offensively by G.K. Young, who was 3-for-5 and hit his 14th home run of the season to tie teammate Zach Remillard for the league lead, while Billy Cooke had two hits.

One the mound, Coastal starting pitcher Jason Bilous (1-1) earned his first collegiate win, pitched a career-high five innings and helped CCU to its second shutout of the season. The freshman worked his way into trouble in the second (two base runners), third (two base runners) and fourth (bases loaded) innings, but he escaped each time. He walked five and allowed four hits, but ultimately pitched five scoreless innings to get the win.

Bobby Holmes worked a 1-2-3 sixth and Freshman Austin Kitchen pitched the final three innings to earn his second save.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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