Coastal Opens Chanticleer Showdown With Split
March 14, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team split its first two games of the Chanticleer Showdown on Friday, shutting out Georgia State 2-0, but falling to Troy 6-2 in the nightcap at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.
The Chants are now 17-7 on the season and will face No. 18/21 Minnesota Saturday at 4:30 p.m., followed by another matchup with Georgia State at 6:30 p.m.
Against the Panthers (11-11) on Friday, Kiana Quolas pitched her second straight shutout, following up her no-hitter against North Carolina on Wednesday. She had to work harder in this one, scattering six hits and working out of several jams. She struck out six and walked three to notch her 57th career win and move into second alone in CCU history, passing Sara Norwood.
Coastal scored single runs in the first and fourth innings and totaled six hits. Brooke Donovan led the way, going 2 for 3 with an RBI double.
The Chanticleers got on the board in a familiar way in the first inning, with Bri Chiusano generating offense. Chiusano drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Quolas, stole third and scored when the low throw went into left field.
Donovan's RBI double to the gap in right-center in the fourth for the other CCU run scored Jessie Winans, who drew a one-out walk and stole second.
Quolas made the two runs stand up by doing her best work with runners on base. After going 12 straight innings without allowing a hit - spanning back to the last inning against Eastern Illinois on Monday - Quolas allowed a leadoff single in the third against the Panthers. She followed by getting three straight groundouts, the last with a runner at third to end the inning.
In the fourth, Georgia State loaded the bases with two infield singles to the left side and a long single over the left-fielder. However, Quolas escaped that threat with a strikeout and a groundout.
Donovan then helped her pitcher out with a big defensive play for the second straight game, preventing a Panther run in the top of the fifth. A hit batter and a single put runners on first and second with two outs when Ashley Christy singled to left-center. However, Donovan fielded the ball, came up throwing and delivered a strike to catcher Morgan Noad at the plate to get the runner and end the inning.
Quolas started the sixth with two walks, but struck out the next two batters and then got an inning-ending groundout. In the seventh, a single and a walk again put runners on first and second, but the right-hander's final strikeout and a flyout to left secured her 11th win of the season.
Troy (14-12-2) took advantage of three Coastal errors to score four unearned runs and defeat the Chants for a second time this season. The Trojans scored a run in the second and two more in the fifth - all unearned against Ashley Bagwell - to lead 3-0.
The Chants came back in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 3-2 on a two-run home run by Quolas, her first of the season.
However, Troy answered with back-to-back homers in the top of the sixth by Amanda Winters and Jaycee Affeldt and capped the scoring with a run in the seventh. Bagwell (6-3) suffered the loss despite allowing just two earned runs on only five hits while striking out 10 and walking two in six innings.
Chiusano went 3 for 3 with a run scored, while Donovan and Kasey Oliver each went 2 for 3 for Coastal, with Donovan getting her second double of the day. Coastal totaled eight hits, but also left eight runners on base. Ashley Rainey (3-1) got the win for Troy, allowing six hits, striking out two and walking two in 4.2 innings.