March 1, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball notched two wins in different fashion on Saturday in the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The Chants started off with a 2-1 victory over Marshall in a pitchers' duel and then cruised to an 18-0 five-inning rout of Saint Peter's in their second game.
Coastal has now won five straight games to improve to 10-3 on the season. The Chanticleers also moved to 9-1 at home. The win over Saint Peter's was the Chanticleers' largest margin of victory since defeating South Carolina State 35-1 in 1994. It is also the most runs that CCU has scored in a game since then.
Quolas started off the game by striking out the side in the first and the Chants took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning on three walks and a hit batter. The last walk scored Bri Chiusano and prompted Marshall to change pitchers without a hit allowed.
The Chants added another run in the second as Chiusano drew a two-out walk, stole second, advanced to third on an errant throw and scored on Quolas' RBI single to left-center.
From there, Quolas faced the minimum threw three innings and worked around an infield single and a pair of Coastal errors to take a shutout into the sixth. However, another error, a groundout and a single got Marshall on the board. However, Quolas answered with back-to-back strikeouts to close it out.
The nine strikeouts give Quolas 350 for her career, moving past Christine Doyle into fifth place in program history. Her single in the second was also Coastal's only hit in the game.
Chiusano had her 11-game hitting streak end, but she reached base on each at-bat with three walks.
The Chants got their bats going to start the game against Saint Peter's (0-1) with three hits in the first inning. They also took advantage of six walks and three errors to send 14 batters to the plate and score 10 runs. Morgan Noad had a two-run double and Jessie Winans added a two-run single. Brooke Donovan chipped in an RBI single and Kory Hayden plated one run with a sacrifice fly.
Coastal added three runs in the second, including an RBI single by Amanda Daneker, before capping the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Noad hit her fifth career grand slam and second homer of the year and Taylor Harris tacked on an RBI single, her first RBI as a Chant. She had recorded her first hit of the season earlier in the game.
The Chants totaled nine hits in the game, with Harris and Noad each totaling two. Noad had a career-high six RBIs.
Bagwell, meanwhile, took a no-hitter into the fifth before giving up a pair of hits. She struck out eight and walked just two to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Coastal finishes off play in the tournament on Sunday as it faces Samford at 2 p.m. and Maryland Eastern Shore at 4 p.m.