March 27, 2014
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina softball team hit three home runs on seven hits and Kiana Quolas tossed a shutout as the Chanticleers blanked Campbell 5-0 Thursday afternoon to take the Big South Conference series on the road.
Quolas, Amanda Daneker and Sara Rasley accounted for four of the five runs with their homers, while Quolas limited the Fighting Camels to just four hits for her sixth shutout of the season. She struck out seven and walked two.
Coastal improved to 22-10 overall and 5-1 in Big South play, while Campbell dropped to 20-16 overall and 6-3 in the conference.
Quolas gave herself and the Chants the only run they needed with a blast to left in the first inning for her second home run in as many days and fourth of the season, all in the last nine games.
Coastal then took advantage of a Campbell error to make it 2-0 in the third. Kasey Oliver reached on the fielding error leading off the inning and Bri Chiusano followed with a bunt single. Both runners then moved up on a wild pitch and Oliver scored on an RBI groundout to deep short by Kory Hayden. It was Hayden's 38th RBI of the season and gave her 125 for her career, tying Michelle Hall for sixth on the school's all-time list.
Campbell only threatened a couple of times, with the biggest coming in the third inning as it started the frame with back-to-back singles. However, Quolas responded with three straight strikeouts to retire the side.
CCU put two runners on with one out in the fourth against Campbell reliever Julia Callicutt as Brooke Donovan walked and Jessie Winans ripped a single up the middle. Oliver drew a walk to load the bases with two outs, but Callicutt got a flyout to right by Chiusano to get out of it.
However, Daneker, who had sent one to the warning track in center an inning earlier that was caught, hit another deep flyball to the same area and this one made over the outstretched glove of centerfielder Jessica Anderson and the fence for a two-run homer. Daneker's second homer in four games followed a walk by Hayden and pushed the lead to 4-0. Daneker finished 2 for 3 in the game, her second multiple-hit effort in the series.
Rasley then capped the scoring with a drive over the left-field fence similar to Quolas' to make it 5-0 in the sixth. It was also her second of the season.
Quolas then pitched around a single and a walk in the seventh to close it out and give CCU a key series win.
The Chanticleers are off this weekend before returning to action Wednesday, April 2 at UNC Wilmington for their final non-conference games of the season.