March 26, 2014
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina softball team gave head coach Kelley Green a milestone win while splitting a Big South Conference doubleheader with host Campbell Wednesday evening. Coastal's 8-1 victory in the opener gave Green her 500th career victory as a head coach.
The Chanticleers dropped a 3-2 decision in the second game and are now 21-10 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Campbell moved to 20-15 and 6-2 in the Big South.
Green is now 500-250 in her 15-year collegiate head coaching career, with 154 of those victories coming in four-plus seasons at Coastal.
Kiana Quolas totaled five hits in the two games, including a two-run homer in the opener. She also notched the victory in that game, allowing no earned runs and four hits, while striking six and walking one.
Kory Hayden and Jessie Winans also homered on the day, with Hayden's coming in the second game for her 13th of the season and 43rd of her career. She now needs just one more to tie the CCU all-time record held by Holly Lee.
Coastal scored in six of the seven innings in the opener, while totaling just five hits, but taking advantage of three errors and six walks by Campbell.
The Chants took a 1-0 lead in the first as Bri Chiusano drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Quolas, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.
Leftfielder Beth Kassuhn then preserved the lead temporarily in the bottom of the inning, reaching up to catch a drive by Courtney Klinger at the top of the fence.
In the second though, Kassuhn was unable to hold on to a flyball that the strong left-to-right wind played havoc with, allowing Shaela Churchill to score from first and tie the game. Churchill had reached on infield single on a slow grounder to Quolas' left that hit her glove and rolled away.
However, the wind and Quolas helped the give Chants the lead back in the top of the third. Sara Rasley reached when her popup to short was dropped. Quolas then ripped a line-drive home run under the scoreboard in left to give CCU the lead for good. It was Quolas' third homer of the season.
Winans followed with her third home run of the year in the fourth, driving one over the centerfield fence, and a pair of Campbell errors helped CCU increase the advantage to 6-1 in the fifth. After Quolas reached on an error to start the inning, pinchrunner Courtney Howell stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored ahead of the throw on a flelder's choice off the bat of Morgan Noad. After Amanda Daneker walked, Brooke Donovan hit a flyball to center that was dropped, allowing Noad to score.
Hayden then hit a two-out RBI double in the sixth to make it 7-1, scoring Chiusano, who had reached on a fielder's choice. Coastal then capped the scoring with a run in the seventh as Kassuhn hit an infield single up the middle and Brooke Donovan scored from second. Donovan had reached on a fielder's choice and moved up on a wild pitch. It was Kassuhn's first RBI of the season and third of her career.
Seven different Chants scored at least one run in the game and five had at least one RBI. Campbell starter Katie Baker took the loss, allowing four runs - two earned - on three hits in 3.2 innings.
In the second game, Coastal totaled nine hits against Courtney Roberts, but was undone by stranding 11 runners and a two-run homer by Klinger in the bottom of the sixth that broke a 1-1 tie.
Campbell grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first against Ashley Bagwell as Brittany Bruce led off with a walk, moved to third on two groundouts and scored on an RBI single by cleanup hitter Milly Martinet.
The Chants' first good chance to score came in the third. Chiusano hit a one-out double to left-center and Quolas followed with a bloop single to right-center. However, Chiusano had to hold up to see if the ball would be caught and could only advance to third. Roberts then got Hayden and Noad on a foulout and a groundout, respectively, to end dodge the threat.
CCU had another opportunity in the fourth as Donovan walked and Kasey Oliver hit a two-out double down the left-field line. However, Roberts got Winans on a called third strike to end that inning.
Coastal finally pushed across their first run in the top of the sixth. After a leadoff single by Daneker and a fielder's choice, Kassuhn drew an 11-pitch walk after battling back from a 1-2 count and fouling off three pitches. Pinchhitter Kylie Mulholland then hit an infield single off the third baseman's glove to load the bases and Chiusano walked to tie the game. With the bases still loaded, the Chants had a chance to take the lead, but Roberts recovered to get Quolas on a flyout to center.
The Fighting Camels then quickly took the lead back on a Klinger's 10th homer of the season in the bottom of the inning. The home run to center followed a leadoff single by Kerstine Womack, which was the first hit Bagwell allowed since the first. She had retired 12 of 14 batters in the four innings after that.
Hayden led off the seventh with her home run to left-center to get Coastal within one. Noad then walked to put the tying run on base, but two popouts and a forceout ended the game.
Coastal had at least one hit and left at least one runner on base in each of the seven innings.
Bagwell (7-5) suffered the loss despite holding Campbell to five hits, while striking out seven and walking two. Roberts struck out five and walked four to earn the victory.
The teams will play the rubber game of the series Thursday at 4 p.m.