March 4, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University softball team won both games on day one of the Coastal Softball Tournament, defeating Towson 4-1 in game one and Delaware 4-2 in the night cap on Friday, March 4. The Chanticleers improve to 11-5 overall on the season.
In the first game, both teams tried to get their offense started, but left runners stranded until the sixth inning when sophomore Cacia Pierre hit her third homerun of the season to give Coastal a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, freshman Jessie Winans drew a lead off walked for the Chanticleers. Senior Michelle Evans then reached first on a throwing error, sending Winans to third. Freshman Kara Vonatzski pinch ran for Evans and then stole second. Freshman Brooke Donovan singled through the right side and advanced on the throw sending Vonatzski and Winans home for a 3-0 Coastal lead. Pierre followed with a single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw, sending Donovan home for a 4-0 Chanticleer lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mickelle Oslin pinch hit for Lindsey Kent and hit a solo homerun to centerfield, giving the Tigers a run on the board, but it would not be enough as Coastal went on to win 4-1.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Bagwell earned her sixth win this season, pitching her fifth complete game. Bagwell only allowed one run on three hits and struck out three Tigers, improving to 6-2 overall.
For Towson, Katie Lingmai, allowed four runs on six hits to get the loss and fall to 4-3.
In the nightcap against Delaware, the Chants finally got on the board in the bottom of the third. Donovan drew a walk and she advanced to third on a double by junior Sarah Maples to left center. Donovan scored on a wild pitch to give Coastal a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Delaware's Michelle Grap hit a triple down right center and then was helped home on a hit through the left side by Lara Andrews to tie the score up at 1-all.
Coastal had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases, but ended the inning stranding all three runners.
Maples hit her fourth double of the day in the bottom of the fifth and Pierre added a double, sending Maples home to give the Chanticleers to a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Gina Knutson led off with a solo homerun to tie the score at 2-all.
In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Jazmin Daigle singled up the middle and senior Ashley Pisone came in to pinch run. Pisone advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pierre. Junior Stacy Snellings cleared the bases and ended the game with a walk-off two-run homer to give Coastal a 4-2 win.
Evans earned her third start of the season in the circle for the Chanticleers, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five. Senior Katelin Edwards pitched in relief, earning the win after Delaware tied the game 2-all at the top of the seventh. Edwards allowed one run on one hit, improving her record to 3-3.
Amanda Stacevicz started in the circle for the Blue Hens and allowed four runs on 10 hits to get the loss and fall to 1-3.
Coastal Carolina registered a total of 17 hits on the day, including two homeruns and six doubles. Five Chanticleers registered multiple hits on day one, including four doubles by Maples.
Coastal returns to the field tomorrow as they face Towson at 3:30 p.m. and Western Carolina at 5:30 p.m. on day two of the Coastal Softball Tournament.