Chants Improve To 3-0 With Two Victories on Saturday
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team picked up a pair of victories on day two of the Kickin' Chicken Classic to improve to 3-0 on the season as they defeated Iowa State 5-0 in game one and then UNC-Greensboro 2-1 in game two.
In the bottom of the first, Mellen got aboard as she was plunked by an Brianna Weilbacher's errant pitch. Senior Timi Tooley hit a two-RBI single to center field to score Mellen and the trailing sophomore Kassidy Smith to go ahead 2-0.
Alvino got the Chant offense started again in the bottom of the third as she led off with an infield hit to shortstop. Two batters later, Smith doubled down the left field line as it scored Alvino and freshman Taylor Sweigart.
Kaitlin Beasley-Polko picked up her first collegiate victory as she threw a complete game shutout while striking out seven.
Game two was owned by Ashley Guillette as the junior pitcher held the Spartans to two hits while striking out ten in the 2-1 victory.
Guillette gave up a home run to Marissa Sholtes in the top of the second and then she walked the next two out of three batters. The subsequent batter Alexis Overdiep, was was called out for being out of the batter's box and making contact with the ball. Guillette walked another but then induced a line out to Alvino to end the threat.
The Chants bats answered in the bottom of the fourth as Sack walked to lead-off. Three batters later, sophomore Chelsea D'Avilar hit her third career home run over the left field fence to give Coastal the 2-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth, when Guillette seemed to be running out of gas, she allowed a lead-off walk to Sholtes, but came back to strike out three straight Spartans to end the inning.
The Connecticut native finished off UNCG in the seventh inning as she recorded the final three outs with the help of her fourth straight strikeout.
Guillette improved to 2-0 on the season on 148 pitches.
Coastal returns to action on Sunday on the final day of the Kickin' Chicken Classic as the host Saint Francis noon and then Presbyterian at 2:30 p.m.