May 31, 2013
Wimmer, Liberty Edge Clemson
By Sean Ryan, CBI Co-Founder
Trey Wimmer had a two-run double and a three-run
homer as Liberty surprised Clemson for the Flames’ first NCAA
win since 2000.
Their reward? A winners’ bracket affair with
South Carolina, which now has won 25 straight postseason games
Flames coach Jim Toman knows all about the
streak. The Gamecocks started it in 2002 when he was still an
assistant at South Carolina under Ray Tanner. Toman assisted
Tanner for 18 seasons, first at NC State and then with the
Gamecocks and made 14 trips to the Regionals before this season,
his first as a head coach with the Flames.
“I’m just happy for the guys,” Toman said last
night by phone from the press box at South Carolina, which beat
St. Louis 7-3. “They’re going to remember this forever.”
The Flames lost their first game in the Big South
Tournament before reeling off five straight wins to earn the
league’s automatic bid. In the tourney, they ended a 20-game
losing streak to Coastal Carolina by beating the Chanticleers
twice. In the final, they beat regular-season and 49-game winner
And with Friday’s win over Clemson, Liberty has
won six in a row.
“Obviously, we’re hot right now,” Toman said.
After the Big South tournament, Toman made good
on a promise to his players: to get a mohawk. Joking that he
hasn’t had such a haircut since his senior year in high school,
Toman said: “If we win two more here, I might put a little red
And what does is family think of his new do? “I
think they still love me,” Toman said.
Against the Tigers, Josh Richardson (4-4) retired
17 in a row at one point in a complete game. He allowed six hits
and three runs with one strikeout.
Jake Kimble had three hits and scored twice, and
Ashton Perritt added two hits and three runs for the Flames, who
played three one-run games against South Carolina to open the