March 10, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - The Coastal Carolina softball team concluded the Chanticleer Challenge by splitting two low-scoring games Sunday, falling to James Madison 2-0 before bouncing back to defeat Middle Tennessee State by the same 2-0 score.
The Chants are now 13-11 on the season as they prepare to begin Big South Conference play.
Bagwell scattered three hits - all singles - over 6.1 innings while striking out four and walking one. Entering with runners on first and second and one out, Mastriania induced a groundball to shortstop Jessie Winans for a game-ending double play, notching her first save of the season.
The Chants were limited to three hits by Middle Tennessee pitcher Jordyn Fisherback, but pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cacia Pierre led off with a single to left, Jazmin Daigle walked and a sacrifice bunt by Brooke Donovan moved the runners up. After Morgan Noad walked to load the bases, Sara Rasley hit a slow roller to third and pinchrunner Beth Kassuhn slid home ahead of a high throw, which also allowed Daigle to score.
Jessie Winans and Noad each had doubles for the other CCU hits.
Coastal and James Madison (14-6) combined for just five hits in Sunday's first game. However, the difference was a two-run home run by Dukes' designated player Megan Shinaberry in the second inning. The homer, which followed a two-out single, stopped Kiana Quolas' scoreless inning streak at 37.
Quolas pitched 4.1 innings and gave up just the two hits before Mastriania came on to get two groundouts to strand a runner at third in the fifth inning. Quolas struck out four and walked two. Mastriania allowed just one hit the rest of the way.
The Chanticleers' best chance to score against James Madison freshman Jailyn Ford came in the sixth as Daigle poked a leadoff double down the right-field line. With one out, Daigle advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Ford recorded two strikeouts to end the threat.
Kory Hayden led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left, but Ford followed with three of her 16 strikeouts to end the game.
Hayden's hitting streak reached 11 games before she went 0-for-2 with a walk against Middle Tennessee.
Coastal will be off this week before traveling to Longwood to open Big South play with a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 19, followed by a single game the following day. The Chants' next home games will be Friday, March 22 against Campbell.