Coastal Sweeps Opening Day in Chanticleer Showdown
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team did not allow a run in sweeping an opening day mixed doubleheader at the Chanticleer Showdown tournament. First, Taylor Rahach stunned Morehead State by pitching a one-hitter in a 10-0 victory, before the Chants turned around to shut out Cleveland State, 5-0.
Coastal (9-3) will return to the field tomorrow to face Cleveland State at 11:30 am and Penn State at 2 pm.
In game one, Coastal took a 1-0 lead over Morehead State in the first. With runners on the corners, Kailey Mellen drove an RBI single to right field to score Alvino.
The Chanticleers added two more runs in the bottom of the second thanks to a Adriana Toro home run and make the score 3-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, CCU increased its advantage to make it 6-0. Timi Tooley smacked a leadoff double, then Mellen followed suit delivering a double to plate Tooley. Later, Toro pushed a single to right field to send Mellen home. Angela Buccilli followed with an RBI single to score pinch runner Michaela McAuley.
Coastal put the game out of reach in the fourth inning. Amanda Daneker delivered a singled, then Tooley doubled to put runners on second and third. Mellen hit a sacrifice fly to plate Daneker. Mackenzie Budinger drilled an RBI single up the middle to score Tooley. Later, Toro hit a two-run, RBI single to score Budinger and pinch runner Rebecca Lopes to provide to eventual final score, 11-0.
Rahach (5-1) pitched her third nearly perfect game of the season by throwing a one-hitter over five innings with seven strikeouts.
In game two, Coastal scored all of its runs thanks to three home runs. The Chanticleers and Cleveland State went three straight scoreless innings until the fourth.
Coastal pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the fourth for the 3-0 lead thanks to Tooley's three-run shot over the centerfield fence.
In the bottom of the fifth, a solo home run from Toro increased the lead to 4-0.
Daneker capped off the scoring after blasting a home run over the left field fence in the sixth to secure the Chants victory, 5-0.
Freshman pitcher Devein Wallace (2-0) threw 6.0 innings and allowed only four hits and recorded four strikeouts. Ashley Guillette closed out the game pitching 1.0 innings, striking out three of the five batters faced and allowing one walk.