March 9, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team split two games Sunday in the Chanticleer Challenge, rolling to an 8-0 six-inning victory over Appalachian State before falling to Furman 4-0.
The Chanticleers moved to 14-5 on the season, with the defeat to Furman, their first setback in five games.
Kiana Quolas pitched a three-hitter to get the win against Appalachian, while the Chants totaled 11 hits among seven different players. Bri Chiusano, Kory Hayden, Amanda Daneker and Sara Rasley each collected two. Six Chants had at least one RBI and six scored at least once.
As she did on Saturday, Chiusano helped get the Chants off to an early lead once again. She singled to the left side leading off the first and quickly stole second. Amanda Daneker then drove her home with a two-out double to right-center.
Noad then increased the advantage to 4-0 in the fifth with an RBI single up the middle that scored pinchrunner Katie Kalasunas. Hayden had singled and Kalasunas moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Daneker.
The Chants then plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to end it a little early. Sara Rasley led off with a home run to left field, her first of the season. Kylie Mulholland then drew a walk, Chiusano followed with a bunt single and Quolas singled home Mulholland with a hit to right field. A sacrifice fly by Hayden made it 7-0 and Brooke Donovan drew a bases-loaded walk for the final run.
After Appalachian State (7-13) doubled to start the game, Quolas limited the Mountaineers to just scattered singles in the second and fourth innings. She struck out five and did not allow a walk.
Furman jumped out to a 1-0 lead with four hits in the first inning and then added three more runs in the third. The Paladins totaled eight hits in the game, with seven of them coming against starter Ashley Bagwell, who suffered her first loss of the season.
Coastal, meanwhile, was limited to just five hits by Lauren Collier, who struck out six and walked three. Chiusano and Noad each had two of the Chants' hits.
CCU returns to action on Monday, playing an originally scheduled doubleheader against Eastern Illinois, with the first game beginning at 1 p.m.