Feb. 9, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - For the second straight day, the Coastal Carolina softball team went 1-1 in a pair of games of the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational. After falling to co-host Georgia Tech in a tight 2-1 game Saturday, the Chanticleers bounced back to notch their second victory over Missouri State, defeating the Bears 5-2.
Jazmin Daigle went 2 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the way in the win as Coastal moved to 2-2 on the season. The senior hit a solo homer in the first inning and added a two-run double to highlight a four-run fifth inning.
Kiana Quolas went the distance in the circle to notch her first win of the year. She allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out seven without allowing a walk.
Daigle's one-out homer to left put the Chants on the board before they built a five-run cushion in the fifth. Brooke Donovan started the frame with a one-out single, Jessie Winans walked and Bri Chiusano sent an RBI double to the gap in right-center. Daigle followed with a double to the left-field corner and then scored on an error to make it 5-0.
Meanwhile, Quolas cruised through the first four innings, limiting Missouri State to just one hit and retiring the Bears on three pitches in the third inning.
Missouri State's Stevie Pierce homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth and the Bears (0-4) added another run in the sixth before loading the bases with two outs in the seventh. However, Quolas induced a groundout back to herself to end the game.
Chisuano added two hits for her second multi-hit game of the season as the Chants totaled six hits in the game.
Offense was tougher to come by against Georgia Tech ace Hope Rush. The All-ACC first team selection last year pitched all seven innings and limited Coastal to just two hits.
However, Coastal's duo of Morgan Mastriania and Ashley Bagwell nearly matched Rush, holding the defending ACC Tournament champion Yellow Jackets, who scored 36 runs in their first two games on Friday, to five hits.
Georgia Tech (4-0) took a 1-0 lead in the first against Mastriania on a pair of walks and a hit, but Coastal tied it in the bottom of the second. Quolas led off with a double down the right-field line, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Daigle.
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of an error and two passed balls to regain the lead in the fourth, scoring on an RBI groundout.
Bagwell helped keep it a one-run game by pitching out of a jam in the top of the sixth. She came on in relief with the bases loaded and one out and got a strikeout and inning-ending groundout.
The Chanticleers had a chance to tie it in the bottom of the sixth as Kory Hayden drew a one-out walk and pinchrunner Courtney Howell stole second. Quolas, though, was called out on a 3-2 pitch and a popout to second two batters later ended the threat.
In the seventh, Morgan Noad drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice by Sara Rasley. Winans then sent a deep flyball to center that was caught on the warning track. Chiusano flew out to left for the final out.
Mastriania suffered the loss despite allowing just five hits and one earned run in 5 1-3 innings. She struck out two and walked four. Bagwell struck out two without allowing a hit in 1 2-3 innings.
The Chants wrap up play in the tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. with another matchup against Georgia Tech.