March 10, 2014
CONWAY - For the second straight day, the Coastal Carolina softball team came away with one win and one loss as the Chanticleers and Eastern Illinois split a doubleheader on Monday. The Chanticleers took the opening game 6-2 before their rally fell short in a 3-2 setback in the second game.
Coastal is now 15-6 on the year, while Eastern Illinois moved to 16-7.
Morgan Noad and Kory Hayden each homered and accounted for five RBIs for the Chants in the first game. Bri Chiusano went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, while Jessie Winans added two hits and a pair of runs. Kiana Quolas pitched her 10th complete game in 11 starts this season and improved to 9-3.
Eastern Ilinois used three hits against Quolas to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. However, the Chants answered right back in the bottom of the inning on Noad's two-run homer. Chiusano had led off with a single to center and stole second before Noad hit one to right-center just out of the reach of the leaping Panthers' centerfielder and over the fence. It was her fourth of the season.
Eastern Illinois was able to tie in the second inning on an inside-the-park home run by Haylee Beck on a ball that hit down the left-field line and went into the corner.
Hayden, though, gave Coastal the lead back for good with a three-run homer in the third inning. Winans started it with a bunt single and Chiusano popped one over the pitcher for a hit. Two batters later, Hayden deposited a pitch over the left-field fence for her 10th of the season and 40th of her career. She is now four away from tying Holly Lee for the school's all-time record.
Winans and Chiusano combined again in the fifth to set up CCU's final run. Winans singled to right and Chiusano sent a ball to the right side and the first baseman looked toward second base giving time for Chiusano to beat out the play for her another hit. Quolas then laid down a sacrifice bunt and an errant throw to first allowed Winans to come home. Coastal totaled eight hits in the game.
After the Panthers collected four hits in the first two innings, Quolas (9-3) limited them to three the rest of the way, retiring nine of the last 10 batters. She struck out four and walked one.
Eastern Illinois got on the board in the first inning of the second game as well against Ashley Bagwell. Two hits, a walk and a fielder's choice gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead. They made it 3-0 in the second on three more hits. However, Bagwell held them to just two over the final five innings to keep the Chants close.
EIU pitcher Stephanie Maday limited Coastal to just scattered singles in the first and fifth innings before the Chanticleers put together a rally in the sixth, kickstarted by a leadoff triple to right-center by Chiusano. After Hayden walked with one out, Noad hit an RBI single up the middle to get CCU on the board. Amanda Daneker then hit a groundball that went through the legs of the shortstop and pinchrunner Taylor Harris scored from second to make it 3-2. A fielder's choice put runners on the corners, but Maday got an inning-ending popout.
In the seventh, Winans led off with a bullet to right, but EIU's April Markowski was able to backtrack and make the catch just short of the warning track. A foulout and a groundout then ended the game. Chiusano had two more hits in the game, giving her five on the day.
Earlier on Monday, the Chanticleer Challenge concluded with Furman defeating Bryant 4-1. Chiusano, Hayden and Quolas were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Coastal is back in action on Wednesday, March 12 when it hosts North Carolina for a single game beginning at 5 p.m. at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.
Chanticleer Challenge All-Tournament Team
Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State
Elle Madsen, Bryant
Bri Chiusano, Coastal Carolina
Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
Stephanie Maday, Eastern Illinois
April Markowski, Eastern Illinois
Hanna Mennenga, Eastern Illinois
Sieara Bishop, Furman
Lauren Collier, Furman
Sara Borders, Jacksonville State
Tiffany Harbin, Jacksonville State
Taylor West, Jacksonville State