Feb. 12, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University softball team defeated USC Upstate 6-1 in its first game of the season in game three of the Palmetto State Showdown in Columbia, S.C. The game was shortened to five innings due to snow and the Chants' next game in the Palmetto State Showdown against Furman was cancelled due to the weather.
Freshman Jazmin Daigle led the charge at the plate, earning her first two collegiate hits including a third-inning grand slam to put the Chants up 5-1. Mecaela Ballard, Michelle Evans and Olivia Piccirillo each got their first hits of the season with Evans picking up a RBI.
Senior pitcher Ashley Frederick was superb in the circle, allowing only one hit and no earned runs while striking out two in five innings for her first victory of the season.
With the snow falling, Upstate got things going in the top of the second, scoring one unearned run, but the Chants tried to come back after a Daigle lead-off hit to right field. Sophomore Stacy Snellings advanced Daigle to second on a sacrifice bunt, but Coastal was unable to capitalize, stranding Daigle on second.
The Chants continued right where they left off in the third inning with Ashley Pisone getting on base after being hit by a pitch. Pisone put the Chants in scoring position by stealing second. Ballard reached first on an error and put the tying run on third. After a stolen base by Ballard put runners on second and third, Sarah Maples stayed patient, drawing the first walk of the game and loading the bases for Evans. Evans earned an RBI after being hit by a pitch, bringing in Pisone and tying the game at one. With one out, Daigle jacked her first collegiate career grand slam over the right center field wall, giving the Chants a 5-1 lead.
Frederick handled Upstate in the fourth and fifth, going three up and three down to keep Coastal ahead. Senior Brittany Bailey came in the game to pinch run in the fifth inning after Evans doubled down the left field line. Bailey scored on a wild pitch to give the Chants a 6-1 lead before the game was suspended due to snow.
Weather permitting, the Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow in the Palmetto State Showdown at 12 p.m. against College of Charleston.