Softball Splits Two On Day One of Chanticleer Showdown; Alvino Homers Twice
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers softball split their opening two games of the Chanticleer Showdown on Friday afternoon at CCU Softball Stadium as they came back from an early 3-2 deficit in game one to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas by the score of 7-5 with help of a sixth-inning go-ahead home run from junior shortstop Alexis Alvino. In game two, the Chant bats were silenced throughout the game by the Saint Joseph's pitching as they fell 5-2.
After both teams traded a run in their own half of the second inning, Georgetown came back with two more off Coastal starter Kaitlin Beasley-Polko when the freshman surrendered a two-RBI single to the Hoyas' Sarah Bennett.
The Chants broke through in the bottom of the fourth with a four-run rally. Junior Natalie led off the fourth with a single and then two batters later, freshman Courtney Dean followed up with a single of her own to left field. David came around to score on a wild pitch uncorked by Katie Vannicola. A fielding error by shortstop Savannah Jones on a Sam Sack batted ball allowed Dean to come around to score. The biggest blow of the inning against the Hoyas came when freshman third baseman Stavi Augur hit her first homer of the season to score two more Chant base runners for their first lead of the game, 5-3. Georgetown tied the game against Polko-Beasley in the top of the fifth as she allowed a walk followed up by a two-run home run by Sarah Bennett.
The second time in as many weekends, Alvino came up big with a home run to center field in the bottom of the sixth to break the tie.
Junior Ashley Guillette came in the seventh to shut down any kind possibilities of a Hoyas come back to win as she picked her first save of the 2018 season.
The Chants struggled to find hits in game two against the Saint Joseph's Hawks pitcher Madison Clarke, but Alvino was one of the bright spots for her team as she was able to hit her second of the day in the top of the fifth but it wasn't enough for Coastal.
CCU had five hits in the second game that included doubles by Augur and freshman Taylor Sweigart. Guillette started for Coastal in game two and pitched only four innings allowing four runs. Clarke pitched a complete game for Saint Joe's allowing just one earned run.
The Hawks' Taryn Grober led her team offensively on the day as the third baseman had three hits including a home run.
Coastal returns tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. when they face Pittsburgh and then St. Joseph's to wrap up the day at 5 p.m.