Chants Split A Pair Of Games On Day 3 Of The Kickin' Chicken Classic
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina softball split a pair of games on Sunday afternoon at CCU Softball Stadium to improve to 4-1 on the young season. In game one, The Chants played a closely heated affair against #20 ranked team in the nation, Saint Francis Red Flash, but eventually fell to the Red Flash 4-3. In game two, Coastal was able to shut out the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 3-0, behind the second straight shutout by Kaitlin Beasley-Polko.
After Saint Francis scored a run in the top of the second, they came right back in the next inning off of Chant junior Ashley Guillette with two more runs to extend to
Coastal came right back in the bottom of the third as senior Kailey Mellen hit a long single off the centerfield fence but was retreated before she was able to stretch it into a double. That didn't matter because senior Timi Tooley came a foot away from clearing the bases and did allow Mellen to score from first base with her RBI double.
The Chanticleers took a short-lived one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth when they added two runs off the Flash's Abby Trahan as hit a Mellen homerun to left field that scored freshman Taylor Sweigart who singled earlier in the inning.
Halle Norton was able to lead off the top of the sixth with a lead-off walk from Guillette. With a runner on and no outs, Coach Kelley Green decided to pull her junior pitcher for the freshman, Beasley-Polko. Norton was able to move up to second base on a subsequent sacrifice bunt. The next batter Halle Marion hit a ground ball down to Chelsea D'Avilar at third base but the sophomore infielder threw an errant ball to first base that allowed the Norton to score to give the Red Flash the 4-3 win.
In game two, Polko was spectacular in the circle as she picked up her second straight shutout win in as many collegiate starts. The freshman pitched seven innings, struck out 11 and allowed just three hits.
The Chants collected two runs in the bottom of the first as Mellen and sophomore Kassidy Smith led off the game with walks. Blue Hose pitcher, Sarah Ramsbottom unleashed a wild pitch that advanced both runners into scoring position. Two batters later, Samantha Sack connected with a two-RBI single.
Coastal added one more in the next inning as Alexis Alvino started off the rally with a double and eventually came around to score when Mellen knocked in the Chanticleers third and final run.
The Chants return to action next weekend as they host the Battle at the Beach that features UConn, Lafayette, Kent State, Robert Morris, and Rider. Action begins on Thursday as Coastal takes on Lafayette on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader.