Coastal scored a run in the ninth inning and loaded the bases, but Liberty’s Matt Marsh ended the game with a strikeout and a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon.
In the ninth, Liberty recorded two quick outs before Nick Oberg walked, according to a news release. Anthony Marks followed with a single and Jake Kane lined an RBI single to right field, scoring Oberg. The Flames turned to Marsh out of the bullpen. He would walk Michael Paez to load the bases before bouncing back with a strikeout to end the game.
Marsh picked up his second save of the season. Parker Bean (7-1) was credited with the win. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and five walks with seven strikeouts.
The loss spoiled pitching performances by Coastal Carolina freshmen Cole Schaefer (3-4), Chase Adkins and Andrew Beckwith. Schaefer took the loss, allowing four hits and one run with one walk and two strikeouts in four innings. Adkins worked the next three innings, allowing three hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts. Beckwith pitched a scoreless eighth inning, recording two strikeouts.
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Coastal men’s and women’s track and field traveled to North Carolina on Sunday, where they had a split squad compete at the North Carolina A&T Last Chance Meet.
Coastal had several high finishers in the 18-team competition, but the two winners were Amirah Al-Bayyinah in the triple jump with a 40’6’, and Christina Davis in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.62.
Kaila Smith finished fourth in the same event with a time of 1:00.76, and Olivia Coopwood finished seventh (1:02.54).
Imani Boatwright finished eight in the 800 (2:15.69), and Christal Green and Michelle Hurley finished eight and ninth in the open 400 with times of 55.95 and 56.09, respectively.
Letitia Simpson came in seventh in the 200 with a time of 24.37, and Leah Fair finished 10th (24.58) to round out the women’s results.
On the men’s side Derrick Kinlock came in sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 46’7 1/2”, and Alex Haas and Stevie Brunson finished sixth and ninth in the open 400 with times of 47.85 and 47.96, respectively.
Russell Kanner finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (53.28), and Haas finished 10th (21.50).
There was no team score at the event. Both the men’s and women’s teams will conclude their regular seasons on Friday at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.