Chants Cruise to Pair of Victories
Feb. 28, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team totaled 17 hits, including four home runs, and rolled to a pair of run-rule victories Friday in the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The Chanticleers started with a 10-1 win over Marshall in six innings and then cruised by Maryland Eastern Shore 11-2 in five innings.
Kory Hayden homered in each game and totaled seven RBIs on the day as the Chanticleers improved to 8-3 on the season. Hayden hit a two-run homer Marshall and then added a grand slam in the second game. Bri Chiusano totaled five hits, three runs scored and four RBIs and has now hit safely in all 11 games.
Kiana Quolas and Ashley Bagwell picked up the victories, combining to limit the opposing offenses to just three hits. Quolas (5-2) tossed a one-hitter and tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts against the Thundering Herd. Bagwell (3-0) struck out nine in just five innings against Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Chants jumped on top of Marshall (3-9) early, scoring three runs in both the first and second innings. Chiusano led off with an infield single and went to second on a throwing error. She then stole third and scored on an infield single by Quolas. Hayden followed with her two-run shot to right-center, surpassing 100 career RBIs in the process.
In the second, a walk, a Marshall error, a sacrifice and a wild pitch plated one run before Hayden and Amanda Daneker hit RBI singles to make it 6-0.
Marshall's only hit off of Quolas was a pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning. The Chants then scored four times in the sixth to end. Daneker plated one run with a sacrifice fly, one run scored on a throwing error and Morgan Noad followed with a two-run homer to rightcenter.
In the game, Hayden went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Chiusano went 3 for 4 with a pair of runs. Quolas, meanwhile, had at least one strikeout in every inning and struck out the side in both the third and the sixth.
Maryland Eastern Shore (2-9) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run homer, but Coastal answered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Noad drew a leadoff walk and scored an RBI double by Brooke Donovan. After two walks loaded the bases, Chiusano doubled to the gap in left-center to plate two runs and give the Chants a 3-2 lead. Quolas was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Hayden followed with the grand slam and her seventh homer of the season. She now has 106 career RBIs, tying her for eighth on the CCU all-time list with Beth Park.
Jessie Winans added a two-run homer to left field in the third inning to make it 9-2 and Chiusano capped the scoring in the bottom of the fourth with her second two-run double of the game, giving her a career-high four RBIs. Chiusano and Hayden each had two hits in the game.
After surrendering the home run in the second, Bagwell allowed just two singles over the last three innings to notch her 46th career win and move into a tie for fourth in program history.
Coastal plays two more games on Saturday, taking on Marshall again at noon and then facing Saint Peter's at 2:30 p.m. Action in the tournament begins at 10 a.m. as Marshall meets Samford.