Chants Split On First Day In Arizona
Tempe, Ariz. - The Coastal Carolina played the first day of the Arizona State Tournament at Farrington Stadium as they were able to pick a 8-5 victory over the New Mexico State Lobos in game one but fell short in a tough fought contest against the No.16 Arizona State Sun Devils in game two by the score of 4-2 in the night cap.
In game one, junior pitcher Ashley Guillette blanked the Aggies in the top of the first and the Chanticleers offense got right to work in the bottom of the first as lead-off hitter Kailey Mellen got on with a hit by pitch and then the next batter freshman Stavi Augur connected with her second homer of year. Freshman Samantha Sack was the next Chants batter and she too walked. New Mexico State didn’t wait around and made a quick pitching change as Analise De La Roca was rudely introduced as Kassidy Smith homered over the left field fence for the 4-0 lead after one.
The Aggies countered with four of their own in the top of the third as Guillette walked the first the two batters but was able to strike out the next batter Farhen Glackin. Victoria Castro didn’t allow Guillette to get out of the jam as she doubled down the right field line with a bloop over Chant first baseman Kass Smith’s head. The next batter, Nikki Butler hit a three-run home over the right field fence to tie the score at four.
New Mexico State picked their up second homer of the game as Horton homered in the top of the fourth to give the Aggies a short-lived 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Chanticleers took control of the game with four runs as they used singles from freshman Taylor Sweigart, junior Alexis Alvino, freshman Courtney Dean. Dean capped off the four run inning with the biggest hit of the game with a two- single.
Guillette picked up the 8-4 win with 5.1 innings as she struck out 10 on the evening. Freshman Beasley-Polko finished off the game with her first save of the season as she pitched the last 1.2 innings.
In game two of the evening, the Chants faced the home team, Arizona State Sun Devils. Beasley-Polko came back in game two for Coastal and pitched a strong game for her team. Beasley-Polko started off the game as lead-off hitter Kindra Hackbarth doubled down the left field line. Hackbarth then moved to third on an infield bunt single laid down by Jade Gortarez. Hackbarth gave the Sun Devils the 1-0 lead after one as she scored on a freshman’s uncorked pitch.
In the bottom of the second, Gortarez was able to hit a sharp line drive to the Chant’s Dean in right, but the freshman from Coastal misplayed the ball as it hit off her glove scoring Loomis from second base. The next batter, Morgan Howe doubled home Gortarez to give Arizona State a 3-0 lead after two. Beasley-Polko settled down in the circle as she didn’t allow any runs over the next three innings. This allowed the Chants gain a little confidence in themselves to compete against one of the top teams in the nation.
In the top of the sixth, freshman Samantha Sack was able to single up the middle off the glove of the pitcher Breanna Macha. Two outs and two batters later, senior Timi Tooley was able to double over the head of the right fielder to bring around the Chants first run of the game. Shortstop Alvino followed up with a RBI single of her own as it scored Tooley from second base and cut the lead to 3-2 after six innings of play.
That was the closest that Chants were able to get as the Sun Devils were able to tack on more run in the bottom half of the inning and go on to win 4-2.
Beasley-Polko finished the night throwing a complete game but in hard luck fashion was tagged with loss as she gave up with four runs over six innings but one earned run allowed.
The Chants return tomorrow as they play the same two teams again. New Mexico State at 4 p.m. est and Arizona State at 6:30 p.m. est.