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CONWAY, S.C. -- Senior first baseman Andy Coleman's three-run homer with two outs capped a four-run seventh inning and led second-seeded UMBC over top-seeded Coastal Carolina, 8-2, in the Big South tournament yesterday.

The Retrievers will play fourth-seeded Winthrop today at 11 a.m.

UMBC (25-16) scored single runs in the first and sixth innings to take a 2-0 lead entering the seventh.

Junior right-hander Jay Witasick, who entered the game leading the nation in strikeouts with 13.50 per game, pitched a complete game, seven-hitter to lift his record to 4-1. He allowed two runs and three walks while striking out seven.

Coastal Carolina (28-28) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, the latter on a bases-empty home run by Luis Lopez.

Liberty 4, Towson State 2

CONWAY, S.C. -- Sophomore left-hander Kris Morton scattered seven hits and made an early 4-0 lead stand up as sixth-seeded Liberty (20-22) eliminated third-seeded Towson State (20-25) from the Big South tournament.

The Flames took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when sophomore second baseman Jake Hines doubled and scored on an RBI single by center fielder Charlie Kim, who was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Two batters later, Liberty catcher Beau Martin hit his third home run of the tournament.

Liberty increased its lead to 3-0 when Kim led off the third inning with a single and scored on a triple by shortstop Scott Harmsen. The Tigers' Derek Hasselhoff pitched out of trouble by retiring the next three batters.

In the fourth inning, Jason Baker singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third when second baseman Jon Eichner failed to handle the throw from catcher Mark Szalczyk. He scored when center fielder Jay Logwood threw the ball away trying to throw him out at third.

Towson's Steve Farling hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fourth inning to bring the Tigers to within 4-2.

Hasselhoff held the Flames to one hit over the next five innings and retired the last 11 batters he faced.

But Morton also settled down, holding the Tigers hitless the rest of the way.

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