Dean’s Triple Gives Coastal An Extra Inning Victory
After dropping a pair of games on Saturday, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers rebounded with a 2-1, eight-inning victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in the finale of the Chanticleer Showdown on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Courtney Dean was the key player for the Chants on the day as she went 3-for-3, RBI, two stolen bases.
Junior pitcher Ashley Guillette got herself into a second jam as she plunked Noelle Holiday and allowed comebacker from Delaney Darden to be misplayed. Guillette would regroup and strike out the last batter of the inning to come away unscathed.
.Dean led off the Coastal half of the third with a single through the left side and subsequently stole second base. Two batters later the freshman outfielder was able to move over to third on wild pitch by Anna Brooks Pacha. Dean made a mistake a few pitches later as she took her lead off the base too far on a ball in the dirt, which led to an out on a pick-off.
Just when Guillette started to settle in, she got the first two outs of the top of the fifth by a strikeout and a groundout, the Hoyas’ Sara Belknap stroked a single into the outfield and then Sarah Bennett forced a walk. Still with two outs, Savannah Jones came through to left side to give Georgetown a 1-0 lead.
Coastal answered in the bottom of the sixth with a Kassidy Smith solo home run to left.
With remained knotted at one into extra innings, the freshman Dean came up in the bottom of the eighth with Mackenzie Budinger on second base and stroked the game winner over the right fielder’s head to give the Chants their 11 win of the season with a 2-1 score.
Guillette picked up her sixth win of the year to go to 6-3 as the junior pitched her fifth complete game of the season.
Coastal hits the road for the first time all year as they travel to Tempe, Arizona for the Arizona State Tournament as they will face New Mexico State and host Arizona State on March 2-4.