Feb. 9, 2014
CONWAY - Brooke Donovan homered and drove in three runs, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Coastal Carolina softball team overcame an early deficit to notch a 3-2 victory over College of Charleston Sunday afternoon at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.
The Chanticleers improved to 2-0 on the season, while College of Charleston fell to 0-2.
Donovan tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Cougars walked two batters intentionally in the bottom of the eighth to bring the senior to the plate. On the first pitch, she lofted a ball into centerfield deep enough for fellow senior Courtney Howell to slide in safely ahead of the throw for the victory.
Kory Hayden led off the eighth by drawing a walk and Howell came on as the pinchrunner, quickly stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. College of Charleston then walked Morgan Noad and Amanda Daneker to load the bases.
Kiana Quolas picked up her second victory of the season - and 48th of her career, the third-most in CCU history - with two scoreless innings of relief. She allowed one hit and struck out one. Starter Ashley Bagwell and Morgan Mastriania each pitched three innings.
In a game that featured a handful of hard-hit balls that were caught in the field, College of Charleston totaled nine hits, while Coastal had four. The Cougars' lone runs, though, came on a two-run homer by Chandler Frisbie in the second inning.
Mastriania came in to the start the fourth inning and CofC loaded the bases, but the redshirt sophomore got out of the jam with an inning-ending groundout.
Daneker then drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning before Donovan hit a 3-1 pitch from Cougars' starter Samantha Martin off the outstretched glove of rightfielder Katie O'Brien and over the fence for her eighth career home run.
The Chanticleers left a runner on third in the fifth, but made two big defensive plays to keep College of Charleston off the scoreboard. The Cougars put two runners on in the top of the sixth but Quolas, who was playing first base, snagged a line drive for an unassisted double play. Rebecca Mueller doubled with one out in the seventh, but Quolas followed with a strikeout and Hayden dove to catch a liner along the third base line and end the inning.
Mastriania allowed three hits, struck out one and walked two in her three scoreless innings. Freshman Kasey Oliver, senior Beth Kassuhn and sophomore Bri Chiusano each added singles for the Chants. Hope Klicker took the loss for the Cougars, giving up just the one run in 3.1 innings of relief.
Coastal hosts the Kickin' Chicken Classic beginning next Friday. The Chants will take on Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. and then face Towson at 4:30 p.m.