No. 4 Tennessee Pulls Away from Coastal
Feb. 16, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - The Coastal Carolina softball team played right with No. 4 Tennessee for a while in Saturday's semifinal game of the USF 4 Team Tournament, but the Volunteers eventually pulled away to a 10-3 victory.
Earlier Saturday, the Chanticleers suffered a tight 4-2 loss to N.C. State as the Wolfpack's Hanna Sommer hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.
Coastal (2-7) will play USF in a consolation game of the tournament Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
The Chants went back and forth with unbeaten Tennessee (9-0) for four innings, taking an early 1-0 lead, falling behind 3-1 and then rallying to tie the game at 3-3. However, the Vols took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth and then added five runs in the fifth for the final margin.
Bri Chiusano walked to start the game, moved to second on a sacrifice by Kiana Quolas and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Jazmin Daigle followed with an RBI single to left for the first run scored against Tennessee in the tournament.
The Volunteers tied the game in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly and then took a 3-1 lead in the third on back-to-back homers by Lauren Gibson and Cheyanne Tarango.
The Chanticleers, though, battled back in the top of the fourth against Tennessee's Ivy Renfroe, who had entered in relief in the second inning. Brooke Donovan led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Sara Rasley then sent a grounder to the left side that got past both the third baseman and shortstop and Donovan scored to make it 3-2. Rasley moved to second on a groundout before Quolas' RBI single up the middle tied the game.
Tennessee started the bottom of the inning with a triple to right and Morgan Mastriania came on in relief of Ashley Bagwell and got a putout at home off a groundball to shortstop Jessie Winans. However, a walk, a passed ball and a single scored the go-ahead run. The Vols made it 5-3 when Madison scored from third after a throw to second on a steal attempt.
Tennessee finished the game with nine hits, while Coastal totaled seven, with Donovan going 2-for-3. Cacia Pierre singled in the third inning and now has a hit in five straight games.
Bagwell (1-2) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits in 3 1-3 innings. She struck out three and walked four.
The loss to N.C. State was the Chants' second of the season on their opponent's final at-bat. Coastal tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh and got the tying run on base. Beth Kassuhn drew a two-out walk and Chiusano singled to left. However, Quolas grounded to short and N.C. State got the forceout at second for the final out.
Reigning ACC Freshman of the Year Renada Davis gave the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead when she hit a leadoff homer off of the left-field foul pole.
Coastal quickly answered in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Kory Hayden over the right fielder. Chiusano scored on the hit after leading off with a bunt single and stealing second.
Pierre put the Chants ahead 2-1 in the third when she crushed a 3-1 pitch well over the right-field fence for her second homer of the season.
The Wolfpack tied the game back up in the fifth on a leadoff walk, a bloop single and two wild pitches.
Quolas then pitched out of a jam in the sixth, but could not do it again in the seventh. The Wolfpack's leadoff batter reached when a high throw by Hayden pulled Daigle off the bag. Catcher Morgan Noad threw out the runner trying to steal second. However, Quolas walked Kirsty Grant on a 3-2 pitch and Sommer, the designated player, homered to left on the first pitch of her at-bat.
The Chants totaled five hits off of N.C. State pitcher Emily Weiman (5-2). Chiusano led the way with two to record her fourth multi-hit game of the season.
Quolas went the distance and had to battle throughout, as the Wolfpack had at least one hit in every inning and totaled nine in the game. She gave up four earned runs, but stranded nine runners while striking out six and walking two.
N.C. State went on to beat 12th-ranked USF 2-1 in the second semifinal.