Feb. 22, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
The Coastal Carolina softball team dropped the first of its two Saturday games at the Lipton Invitational, as a late rally bid fell short in a 4-1 decision to Troy.
The Chanticleers (5-3) were doomed for the second straight game in the tournament by a lack of timely hitting and one big offensive inning by its opponent.
Troy (5-7-1) put together five of their seven hits against Kiana Quolas to score all four runs in the second inning. A one-out double started it and four singles followed in the inning, the last a grounder to deep short with two outs that Jessie Winans was able to backhand and make a strong throw to first, which the Trojan batter was able to just beat out. Quolas then got a strikeout with the bases loaded to end it.
As in Friday's loss to Georgia Southern, Coastal was able to get runners on base throughout against Troy, but had trouble moving them around. The Chants left two runners on in each of the first four innings. They started the third with back-to-back singles by Quolas and Kory Hayden, but three straight outs followed. In the fourth, Kylie Mulholland and Beth Kassuhn walked with one out and moved to second and third on a double steal. However, Bri Chiusano and Quolas both popped out to end that threat.
The bottom of the sixth was similar to the fourth as Mulholland and Kassuhn drew walks, but this time Chiusano hit a two-out RBI single to right to get the Chants on the board. After Troy changed pitchers, Quolas popped one up over the pitcher that also dropped out of the reach of the third baseman to load the bases for Hayden. However, Trojans' reliever Jaycee Affeldt struck out the slugger on a 2-2 pitch.
Coastal brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh as Amanda Daneker hit a leadoff single and Kasey Oliver walked with two outs, but a popout off the bat of Mulholland ended the game.
The Chanticleers totaled six hits and drew seven walks against the three Troy pitchers, but stranded 13 runners on base. Quolas had two of the hits, while Chiusano's run scoring single extended her hitting to eight games.
Quolas (4-2) went the distance and recorded 10 strikeouts while allowing four earned runs and three walks.
The Chants play again later Saturday as they face Georgia Southern for the second time. First pitch was scheduled for 6:45 p.m., but is likely to be later than that.