March 8, 2014
CONWAY - After a two-day delay, the Coastal Carolina softball team finally got started in the Chanticleer Challenge and notched a pair of victories on Saturday, defeating in-state foe Furman 5-1 and Bryant University 2-1 at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.
The Chanticleers improved to 13-4 on the season and 12-2 on their homefield.
Kiana Quolas and Ashley Bagwell each picked up complete-game wins. Quolas (7-3) scattered six hits, struck out eight and walked none against Furman, while Bagwell tossed a three-hitter versus Bryant, with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Hayden gave the Chants a 2-0 lead in the first, hitting a two-run homer over the left-field fence for her ninth of the season and 39th of her career. Bri Chiusano had reached on a leadoff walk and stolen second.
Quolas dodged a Furman (9-9) threat to open the game as a leadoff single and a fielder's choice put runners on first and second with nobody out. However, the righthander struck out three straight batters to end the inning.
Quolas then retired the side in order in the second before the Paladins got back-to-back singles with two outs in the third. She followed by getting a popout to end that frame.
Coastal then made it 3-0 in the bottom of the third as Chiusano beat out a bunt single and came around to score on Quolas' RBI double to the gap in left-center.
Furman got on the board in the fourth on a home run by Ambree Muller, but the Chanticleers answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Kasey Oliver singled to the left side and Beth Kassuhn drew a walk. Quolas then ripped her second double of the game, again to left-center, plating two runs to up the lead to 5-1.
In the win over Bryant, Coastal scored single runs in the first two innings and Bagwell did the rest.
Chiusano led off the first with a walk, stole both second and third, giving her 19 stolen bases on the season. She went home when the throw to third went into left field. In the second, Maicie Hahn singled with two outs and scored on Jessie Winans' RBI double over the rightfielder.
Bryant (1-6) cut the deficit in half in the fourth using a single and an RBI double, but Bagwell retired the last 11 Bulldog batters after that to close out the game.
Hahn was the lone player on either team with multiple hits, going 2 for 3.
Coastal continues play in the tournament with two more games on Sunday, taking on Appalachian State at 12 p.m., followed by another matchup with Furman at 2:15 p.m.