CHARLESTON, S.C. – Three Coastal Carolina pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Chanticleers wrapped up the Big South regular season title with a 6-0 victory over Charleston Southern in the Buccaneers' home finale on Sunday afternoon.
Following a non-conference game at Clemson on Tuesday, CSU will look to earn a spot in the Big South Championship when it plays a three-game set at Presbyterian beginning on Thursday. The Bucs (18-31, 5-16 Big South) will begin the final conference series one game behind Radford for the eighth and final spot in the field.
Jason Bilous earned the first win of his freshman season for Coastal (36-15, 18-3), allowing four hits in five innings but had to work out of several jams as a result of five walks. CSU left two runners on in the second and third and stranded the bases loaded in the fourth. Bobby Holmes pitched a scoreless sixth before Austin Kitchen went the final three innings for his second save of the season.
Evan Nations started on the mound for the Bucs and was solid through the first three innings, allowing only one run during that stretch. But G.K. Young led off the fourth with a solo homer, and the Chanticleers added two more runs in the frame to build a 4-0 cushion. A two-run single by Anthony Marks in the sixth off Eddie Hiott rounded out the scoring.
Hiott struck out three in his 1.2 innings of work. The quartet of Cody Smith, Alex Ministeri, Chayce Hubbard and Wil Hartsell followed on the mound and combined to allow only two hits with five strikeouts, including three by Smith, over the final 3.2 innings.
The Bucs appeared to have broken up the shutout in the seventh when pinch hitter Mason McClellan launched a deep drive to left center. But Marks leaped over the fence to rob McClellan of a home run.
The contest marked the final home game for 11 CSU seniors. They were all honored on the field with their families in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game.