Chants blast Blackbirds; face Washington today

Kieton Rivers hit a two-run double and a three-run home run, while Seth Lancaster hit his 20th home run of the season, to lead top seed and 13th-ranked Coastal Carolina to a 16-6 opening-round win over #4 seed LIU Brooklyn in the NCAA Conway Regional.

The game was played before a crowd of 3,736 – the third-largest in the four-year history of Springs Brooks Stadium.

Coastal (43-17) will face #3 seed Washington (defeated #2 seed Connecticut, 7-1, earlier Friday) in the winner’s bracket on Saturday with first pitch set for 5 pm. UConn and LIU Brooklyn (31-25) will play in an elimination game Saturday at Noon.

In addition to Rivers and Lancaster, Coastal got a three-run home run from reserve Kyle Skeels, who had missed the last 17 game with a hand injury. Cory Wood added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

As well as the CCU offense was, Coastal got just as strong of a pitching performance from starter Anthony Veneziano. The sophomore pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Veneziano improves to 7-1 on the season, including a7-0 mark as a starting pitcher. Also, Coastal is now 11-1 in games Veneziano starts thanks to the CCU offense averaging 10.9 runs per in the 12 games he has started.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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