Feb. 8, 2014
CONWAY - Kory Hayden a pair of home runs, Kiana Quolas tossed a three-hitter and the Coastal Carolina softball team pulled away to a 9-1 six-inning victory over College of Charleston Saturday night in the 2014 season opener in front of a capacity crowd at the new Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.
Hayden hit solo homers in first two times at-bat, giving her 32 for her career and moving her into third place on the school's all-time list. The junior went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the game. She tied her career-highs for hits and runs in a game.
Quolas pitched all six innings, allowed just the single run on a homer, while striking out seven and walking two. Both walks came in the first inning around a single, giving College of Charleston the bases loaded with one out. However, Quolas got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam. She then surrendered just two hits the rest of the way, both coming in the fourth inning.
After escaping in the top of the first, Coastal's offense got on the board quickly in the bottom of the inning. Chiusano led off with an infield single, went to second on a sacrifice by Quolas and then stole third and scored when the throw got away from the shortstop covering. Hayden then followed with her first homer over the left-field fence.
She notched the second multiple-HR game of her career when she hit another pitch from Cougars starter Hope Klicker over the fence in left-center in the third to make it 3-0.
After Charleston got on the board in the fourth, the Chants answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Daneker hit a leadoff single to left and pinchrunner Katie Kalasunas went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. Junior transfer Kasey Oliver then plated her with an RBI groundout. Winans then added an RBI double to right-center, scoring Donovan who had walked, for a 5-1 lead.
After leaving the bases loaded in the fifth, Coastal capitalized on more chances in the sixth and scored four runs to end it. Senior Beth Kassuhn reached on catcher interference and Winans singled. Quolas and Hayden then drew walks, the latter with the bases loaded to score one. Another run scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of sophomore Morgan Noad. Daneker then hit an RBI single to center and when the ball got past the centerfielder, Hayden scored to provide the eight-run win.
CCU totaled nine hits in the game and eight of the nine starters had at least a hit or a run scored. Klicker took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.
The teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.