March 2, 2014
CONWAY - Kory Hayden moved into second place on Coastal Carolina's career home run list while the Chanticleers split their final two games of the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Sunday. CCU bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Samford in the first game to shut out Maryland Eastern Shore 9-0 in five innings.
The Chanticleers finished the tournament 5-1 and moved to 11-4 overall. The victory over Maryland Eastern Shore was the Chants' third win by run rule in the tourney and fifth of the season.
Hayden hit a two-run homer in the first inning against the Hawks, giving her eight for the season and 38 for her career, moving her past CCU Hall of Famer Sherry Johnson. The junior now trails only fellow Hall of Famer Holly Lee, who hit 44.
Ashley Bagwell and freshman Katie Kalasunas combined on a two-hit shutout. Bagwell allowed one hit and struck out six in three innings to improve to 5-0 on the year. Kalasunas made her collegiate debut in the circle and struck out two in two innings, while giving up one hit.
After being held off the scoreboard by Samford, Coastal's bats came alive early against the Hawks, scoring eight runs in the first two innings, including six in the second. The Chanticleers totaled eight hits in the game, four of them for extra bases - two doubles and two homers.
Kalasunas started the second-inning offense with her first career hit, a single to left. She followed with her first career stolen base, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Harris, the junior transfer's first RBI as a Chant. Bri Chiusano followed with an infield single, Kiana Quolas walked and Hayden was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Amanda Daneker then ripped a two-run single down the left-field line and Morgan Noad hit a three-run homer over the centerfield fence - her third home run in as many days.
CCU tacked on one more run in the third as Jessie Winans hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chiusano. Eight different Chanticleers each had one hit in the game, with Courtney Howell and Kasey Oliver also contributing one.
For her second straight start, Quolas got in a pitchers' duel in the game against Samford. After allowing the lone run of the game on three groundball base hits in the first inning, Quolas (6-3) retired 15 straight batters and 18 of the last 19, but suffered the loss. She struck out six and walked none.
Samford right-hander Mollie Hanson limited the Chants to just four scattered singles, struck out nine and also did not walk a batter. She allowed only one Coastal runner past first base. That came in the seventh when Hayden led off by lacing a single to left and went to second when the ball got past the outfielder. However, Hanson got a flyout, a strikeout and a groundout to secure the win for the Bulldogs (17-4). Samford went 4-0 in the tournament.
Hayden had two of Coastal's four hits in the loss, while Quolas and Noad had the others.
Bagwell, Chiusano, Hayden and Quolas each were selected to the all-tournament team.
The Chanticleers continue their four-week homestand when they open up play in the Chanticleer Challenge by hosting Jacksonville State Thursday, March 6 at 5 p.m.
2014 Coastal Carolina Invitational All-Tournament Team
Ashley Bagwell, Coastal Carolina
Bri Chiusano, Coastal Carolina
Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
Lindsay Fadnek, Marshall
Morgan Zerkle, Marshall
Trenece Nash, Maryland Eastern Shore
Erica Colon, Saint Peter's
Abby Adams, Samford
Caitlin Bice, Samford
Megan Dowdy, Samford
Mollie Hanson, Samford