March 5, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Coastal Carolina University softball team (5-8) fell to North Carolina State 8-2 in its first game of the Wolfpack Challenge Friday, March 5.
The Chanticleers got their offense started early with Sarah Maples earning the first hit of the game by singling up the middle. Michelle Evans advanced Maples to second on a short hit between the pitcher and catcher to put two runners on base for clean-up hitter Jazmin Daigle. Daigle and Cacia Pierre were both unable to find their bats, stranding the first two of 11 runners left on base in the game for Coastal.
In the bottom of the first, a three-run home run by Stephanie Call with two outs gave the Wolfpack an early 3-0 lead.
Coastal cut the lead to two in the top of the second inning after Stacy Snellings led off with a walk and Olivia Piccirillo put her on second by laying down a sacrifice bunt. Snellings reached third after Alyssa Tornatore reached first base on a passed ball. With two outs, Mecaela Ballard hit the ball hard at the first baseman, who couldn't find the handle and allowed Snellings to score, cutting the lead to two.
N.C. State’s Landon Warren took the momentum out of Coastal as she knocked a two-run dinger in the bottom of the second inning to bring the Wolfpack lead to 5-1.
The Chants had another missed opportunity in the fifth, stranding two runners. Evans singled up the middle with one out and Daigle followed with a hit to the shortstop. With two runners on, Pierre hit into a fielder’s choice, advancing the runners to scoring position, but again, the Chanticleers could not capitalize.
Scoreless in the third and fourth innings, the Wolfpack found their bats in the fifth, scoring three runs on three hits to stretch the N.C. State advantage to 8-1.
The final Coastal run came across the plate in the top of the seventh after Morgan Peeler loaded the bases, with Maples and Daigle each recording their second hits of the night and Snellings drawing the walk. Pierre was patient at the plate, earning the team's second straight walk and scoring Maples to cut the lead to 8-2. However, the Chants could not manage any additional scoring out of their final opportunity.
Katelin Edwards fell to 2-3 with the loss, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings of work while striking out five. Freshman Megan Johnson came on in relief for the final 1 1/3 inning, giving up just a single hit and no runs. Maples, Evans and Daigle provided most of the offense, as the trio combined for all six of Coastal’s hits.
Coastal returns to the field Saturday morning to face Longwood in its second game of the Wolfpack Challenge in a 10 a.m. match-up.