Alvino's Walk-Off Homerun Leads Coastal Past Rider; Splits Doubleheader
CONWAY - With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, junior shortstop Alexis Alvino came up with a walk-off home run to push the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers past the Rider Broncs, 2-1, in game two of Friday's doubleheader.
Ashley Guillette was in the circle for the Chants in game two as she started the game by retiring the Broncs in order in the through two innings.
In the third, the junior hurler surrendered her first and only run of the game as she allowed four consecutive Rider batters to reach safely. The big blow came off Guillette as she allowed a Rachel Zeides RBI single to right field to bring around lead-off hitter, Elyse Cuttic.
The fifth saw the Connecticut native escape another Broncs rally as she allowed two straight batters to get aboard, but worked her way out of the jam by striking out Rider's Shelby Miller and then getting the next batter Amanda Jordan to line out to the Coastal third baseman, Mackenzie Budinger. Coastal and Rider remained knotted for the next two innings until Alvino came through with the go-ahead home run.
Earlier in the day, game one starter Kaitlin Beasley-Polko pitched her fourth straight complete to start the season but was the hard-luck loser as she fell to the Golden Flashes of Kent State by the score of 1-0.
The freshman starter was brilliant throughout the game as she gave up just three hits while striking out 14. The lone run that Beasley-Polko allowed was in the top of the fifth inning as started off by striking out the first two Kent State batters. The next batter, Kaitlyn Miller singled to right field but came around to score the game's only run on a throwing error by the Coastal third baseman Stavi Augur. Beasley-Polko strikeout total was the second-most all-time in a single game, just behind by teammate Ashley Guillette's 15 from a season ago versus North Dakota State.
Coastal returns to action on Saturday afternoon as they host UConn at 11:30 a.m. and then Robert Morris at 2:00 p.m.