CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Coastal Carolina saw its 2023 season come to an end Monday night after a 12-3 loss to Duke.
Duke will advance to the super regionals in Charlottesville, Virginia, to take on the University of Virginia, with a trip to the College World Series on the line.
Coastal Carolina defeated Duke 8-6 Sunday night to force a rematch with the Blue Devils in the finals of the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament in Conway.
Coastal improved its record to 42-20 with the win against Duke, which dropped to 37-22. The Chanticleers collected 10 hits against the Blue Devils, including a pair of home runs — a grand slam by senior Graham Brown and a two-run blast by sophomore Derek Bender.
The Chanticleers defeated Rider University 13-5 in an elimination game Sunday afternoon to reach the finals against Duke, which came into the game with a 2-0 record in the tournament.
In that game, CCU won behind the pitching of Jack Billings, who went 7.1 innings and allowed 5 runs, including retiring the first 18 batters he faced, and the offense of Chad Born, who recorded four RBI.
CCU lost its opening game in the tournament on Friday, falling to Rider, 11-10, in 10 innings, but then rebounded on Saturday to eliminate the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 12-2.
Coastal finishes the season at 42-21, ending its season in the regional final game 7 for the second consecutive year.