Visiting Coastal Carolina manufactured runs in the sixth and the seventh innings to rally from a 3-1 deficit and top Charleston Southern, 5-4, in the Bucs regular season final on Saturday at CSU Ballpark.
The Bucs end the regular season at 22-32, while Coastal finishes at 35-19.
The Bucs draw the No. 8 seed in next week's Big South Championships, which begin on Tuesday. CSU will face Campbell, the Big South North Division Champion, in their tournament opener at 4:30 p.m. on the Liberty campus.
The other game on the Bucs' half of the bracket is No. 4 Radford and No. 5 Liberty, who play immediately following CSU-Campbell on Tuesday night.
Coastal's rally spoiled the Buccaneers' Senior Day. CSU honored its 10 seniors in a ceremony before the game.
The Chants broke a 3-3 tie on a RBI double by Zach Remillard in the sixth, scoring Connor Owings who walked and stole second. CCU added an insurance run in the seventh with a similar formula as Alex Buccilli singled, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bucs didn't go quietly. John Faircloth belted a solo home run to cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh. Alex Tomasovich followed with a double down the left field line to put the tying run on base. Chase Shelton came a few feet from giving the Bucs the lead on the ensuing at-bat, flying out to the wall in left to end the inning.
Faircloth had his 11th double and second home run of the season in his first four-hit game of the year. Shelton added a 2-for-4 afternoon and hit the ball hard four times.
Coastal reliever Ryan Connolly (WP, 6-3) worked three and a third innings of relief to pick up the win. Patrick Corbett worked two scoreless innings to get his third save.
CSU's Kevin Buran (LP, 2-9) scattered 10 hits, allowing four earned runs. Joe Pistacchio struck out four in one and two-thirds innings of relief and had a one batter reach on a wild pitch following a strike out.
Coastal took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a pair of two out hits. Jake Kane doubled just out of the reach of Bucs' right fielder Shelton to give the Chants a runner in scoring position. Buccilli followed with RBI single over the head of Bucs' shortstop Alex Tomasovich to give Coastal the lead.
CSU knotted things up in the bottom of the first with some two-out offense. Alex Tomasovich yanked a double inside the bag at third for his 12th double of the season. He scored on a sharply hit RBI single from Shelton to tie things at 1-1.
CSU grabbed a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Jaren Sustar and Kevin Hickey put together back-to-back RBI singles to move the runs across. Shelton got the inning starter with his second hit of the day, singling to right.
CCU rallied to things up with two runs in the top of the fifth. A sacrifice fly from Jake Kane and a two-out RBI single from Buccilli moved the runs across. Jacob May had a single and Ted Blackman walked to get the inning started.
2013 Big South Baseball Championship
May 21-25, 2013 – Lynchburg, Va.
Tuesday, May 21
Game 1: #2 Coastal Carolina vs. #7 Longwood, 9:30am
Game 2: #3 High Point vs. #6 Gardner-Webb, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 1
Game 3: #1 Campbell vs. #8 Charleston Southern, 4:30pm
Game 4: #4 Radford vs. #5 Liberty, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 3
Wednesday, May 22
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30am
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 5
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30pm
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 7
Thursday, May 23
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 3:00pm
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 9
Friday, May 24
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:00am
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 11
Game 13: if necessary, 5:00pm Game 14: if necessary, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 13
Saturday, May 25 - Championship Game TBA vs. TBA, 4:00pm (TV: ESPN3)