Feb. 23, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Ashley Bagwell reached a milestone for career strikeouts and did it in style by pitching a one-hitter to lead the Coastal Carolina softball team to a 2-1 victory over Georgia Southern Saturday night in the Lipton Invitational.
The win moved the Chanticleers to 6-3 on the season, while dropping Georgia Southern to 9-4.
After surrendering a double in the first inning which provided the Eagles with their lone run, Bagwell held them hitless the rest of the way and pitched out of a sixth-inning jam to secure the victory and notch her first career complete-game one-hitter.
Along the way, the senior righthander recorded four strikeouts to give her 501 for her career, becoming just the second Chanticleer pitcher to reach the 500 mark, joining CCU Hall of Famer Michelle Hall.
Following the RBI double by Shelby Morrill that gave Georgia Southern a quick 1-0 lead, Coastal answered with single runs in the second and third to play in front for the first time in the tournament.
In the third, Bri Chiusano reached with a one-out infield single to extend her hitting streak to nine games. She then stole second and went to third on an errant throw. Kiana Quolas then sent a grounder to the right side. The second baseman misplayed the ball as Chiusano scored and Quolas picked up the RBI, while reaching on the error.
The Chanticleers did miss out on a couple of chances to increase the lead, especially in the sixth inning. Kory Hayden led off with a single up the middle and Daneker's sacrifice moved pinchrunner Taylor Harris to second. Three batters later, pinchhitter Maicie Hahn singled off the glove of the shortstop in shallow left field. Harris rounded third and tried to score, but Eagles' second baseman Lexi Allen gathered the ball and threw home. It appeared Harris slid in ahead of the tag, but the home plate umpire called her out to end the inning.
Fortunately for the Chants, Bagwell did not need the extra insurance, but she did have to pitch out of a two-on, no-out jam bottom of the sixth after a walk and a hit batter. She followed by getting two deep flyouts to leftfielder Beth Kassuhn and then struck out A.J. Hamilton swinging to end the threat.
In the seventh, she finished it off on nine pitches with three quick groundouts for her third 1-2-3 inning of the game and second over the final three frames with the other being the fifth, which she ended with strikeout No. 500.
Coastal totaled five hits in the game against Georgia Southern pitcher Marla Thompson, who also went the distance.
The Chants conclude play in the tournament tomorrow with games against Indiana at 10:45 a.m. and No. 1 Florida at 1 p.m.