Feb. 15, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - The Coastal Carolina softball team dropped a pair of games to ranked teams Friday in the USF 4 Team Tournament. The Chanticleers fell to No. 4 Tennessee 8-0 in six innings, before suffering a tough 5-2 defeat to 12th-ranked USF in the nightcap.
The Chants are now 2-5 on the season, despite battling USF (5-1) in a back-and-forth contest.
The game was tied 2-2 when a controversial call helped the Bulls score three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners on first and third and one out, USF's Stephanie Medina sent a fly ball to left that was caught by a charging Kiana Quolas, who then delivered a perfect one-hop throw home to Morgan Noad. The freshman catcher was able to tag the runner for an apparent inning-ending double play. However, the home plate umpire ruled Noad for catcher interference with the swing of Medina and awarded her first base to load the bases. The next batter, Lee Ann Spivey singled to right to score two runs and the Bulls later added a run on a wild pitch.
Coastal had a chance to answer in the top of the sixth as Beth Kassuhn reached on an error, Bri Chiusano had a bunt single and Brooke Donovan walked to load the bases. However, USF reliever Lindsey Richardson struck out Kory Hayden to end the inning. The Chanticleers finished the game with 10 runners left on base.
The Chants grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first as Chiusano reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice by Donovan, advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch.
USF scored a pair of runs in the third on a two-out single by Medina to take a 2-1 lead. An infield single to pitcher Morgan Mastriania and a hit batter set up the scoring opportunity for the Bulls.
Coastal left two in scoring position in the fourth, but was able tie it in the top of the fifth. After Donovan walked and went to second on a wild pitch, Quolas singled and Cacia Pierre followed with an RBI single.
Pierre went 3-for-4 in the game and has six hits in the last three contests. Chiusano added two hits as Coastal totaled six in the game, while USF had seven.
Mastriania (0-2) allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. She struck out two and walked none. Ashley Bagwell came on in the fifth and struck out four batters without a hit or a walk.
Richardson pitched the last 2 1/3 innings to get the win. Starter Sam Greiner lasted 3 1-3 innings, allowing a run on three hits.
Already warmed-up following a 7-0 win over N.C. State to start the day, Tennessee kept its bats going against the Chants. The Vols totaled 11 hits - all singles - off of starter Quolas en route to earning their fourth eight-run rule victory of the season.
Tennessee (7-0) used two hits and an error to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second before plating three more runs on three hits and an error in the fourth.
Coastal, meanwhile, was unable to generate offense against Tennessee starter Erin Gabriel, a freshman right-hander who was a two-time Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time ESPN high school All-American. The Vols' No. 3 pitcher recorded eight strikeouts against the Chanticleers, walked one and allowed just one hit - a leadoff single by Pierre in the fifth inning.
Four of the eight runs allowed by Quolas (1-2) were earned. She struck out two and walked two.
Coastal wraps up pool play in the tournament against N.C. State Saturday at 11 a.m., then will play a semifinal game later in the afternoon at a time to be determined.