March 29, 2013
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina softball team jumped out to big leads in each game and cruised to 7-2 and 7-3 victories over host Gardner-Webb in a Big South Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon.
The Chanticleers have now won eight of their last nine games, improving to 20-12 overall and 7-1 in the Big South. Gardner-Webb fell to 3-20 overall and 0-9 in the conference.
Coastal banged out 19 hits in the two games, including three home runs - two of them by Cacia Pierre. Pierre led the Chants' offense in the opener, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. She added a three-run homer in the second game, totaling six RBIs on the day.
In the opener, Kory Hayden gave Coastal a 1-0 lead with a two-out home run in the first, her 11th of the season.
The Chanticleers then scored four more in the third on four hits. Quolas doubled with one out, Hayden walked and Pierre hit an RBI single to left and the ball got by the leftfielder, allowing Hayden to also score and make it 3-0. Jazmin Daigle followed with an RBI double to right-center and Brooke Donovan capped the frame with a run-scoring single to center.
Pierre then made it 7-0 in the fifth with her two-run homer to center after Hayden had walked again.
Seven of the nine starters in the Coastal lineup finished with at least one hit In the game against Gardner-Webb starter Alyssa Gutierrez and reliever Jessica Childers.
After an infield single leading off the bottom of the first, Quolas (11-5) retired 15 of the next 16 Gardner-Webb hitters through the fifth. She allowed just two hits and struck out three without a walk.
Morgan Mastriania took over in the sixth and pitched one perfect inning before allowing a pair of runs in the seventh on two hits and a wild pitch.
The Chants led 6-0 in the second game after plating two runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth.
Hayden led off the fourth with a single through the left side and pinchrunner Courtney Howell moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pierre. After Jazmin Daigle singled to left to put runners on first and third, Howell scored on an errant throw by the catcher. Brooke Donovan then walked and Morgan Noad hit a two-out RBI single to right to score Daigle.
Pierre's three-run homer capped off the scoring in the fifth. Bri Chiusano drew a leadoff walk and Quolas singled to left. Hayden then greeted reliever Childers with an RBI single past the diving shortstop before Pierre hammered a pitch over the fence in right-center for her fifth homer of the season and third in four games.
Bagwell battled in the circle over the first four innings, stranding runners in scoring position in each frame. She pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and worked around a single in the second, leaving the runner at third.
In the third, a Gardner-Webb runner reached second a walk and a stolen base, but Bagwell struck out three straight batters to end the inning. In the fourth, a single and a walk put runners on first and second, but Hayden made an alert play to get a forceout at third and Bagwell followed by getting a foul out to end that threat.
Gardner-Webb was able to break through in the fifth, scoring three runs on five hits including a two-run homer by Morgan Baker, but Quolas came on in relief in the sixth to finish it off. Bagwell (7-5) surrendered three runs on nine hits, struck out seven and walked three.
Coastal scored its final run of the game the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Hayden, who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Quolas added two of the Chanticleers' 10 hits in the game.
The teams finish the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m.