April 2, 2013
CHARLESTON - Propelled by an offense that racked up 32 hits and seven home runs, the Coastal Carolina softball team swept a doubleheader at lowcountry rival Charleston Southern on Tuesday afternoon, rolling to 11-3 and 11-2 victories.
The Chanticleers (22-13, 9-2 Big South) pounded out a season-best 16 hits in the opener and then equaled that number in the second game, including a season-high five home runs in the six-inning contest. Morgan Noad and Sara Rasley each hit home runs in both games and 17 of the Chants' 32 hits were for extra bases.
In the first game, the Chants jumped out to 6-0 lead and then capped it off with a five-run seventh. Bri Chiusano went 3-for-4 with career-highs of four runs and two RBIs, while Kory Hayden had three hits and three RBIs and Kiana Quolas added three hits and two RBIs.
Coastal got on the scoreboard quickly in the first inning on a two-out RBI single by Jazmin Daigle. Chiusano drew a leadoff walk and Quolas ripped a single past the third baseman. Daigle then dropped a blooper into shallow right field to score Chiusano.
CCU scored three more runs in the second, using four hits and a walk. Paige Goldsack led off by doubling over the rightfielder. Morgan Noad followed with a walk and a sacrifice by Jessie Winans moved the runners to second and third. Chiusano, Quolas and Hayden then strung together consecutive run-scoring singles.
Noad made it 5-0 in the fifth, homering to right-center with two outs. The Chanticleers then added one more in the sixth when Chiusano beat out a grounder to third, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Hayden down the left-field line.
After Charleston Southern got on the board with two runs in the sixth, Coastal hit for the cycle as a team in the seventh. Desiree Zaragoza started it with a pinch-hit double over the centerfielder, Chiusano tripled to right-center and Quolas doubled off the fence in right. Hayden then hit a bloop single to right to score Quolas before Rasley drilled a two-run homer to left to make it 11-2.
Quolas (12-6) notched the complete-game win, allowing four hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts and two walks. After pitching around an error and a single in the first, she retired 15 straight Charleston Southern batters before issuing a two-out walk in the sixth.
The Buccaneers scored first in the second game on Stephanie Sbardella's seventh home run of the season in the first inning. However, the Chants answered with their second five-run inning of the day in the top of the second. Rasley hit a one-out double to left-center and Noad walked before Winans hit the first pitch she saw over the fence in left for a three-run homer. Quolas added her seventh homer of the year later in the inning and Hayden and Cacia Pierre followed with back-to-back doubles to make it 5-1.
Charleston Southern got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a home run by Hayes Holdsworth, but CCU made it 6-2 in the fourth on an RBI double by Quolas, scoring pinch-runner Courtney Howell from first on a hit-and-run play.
The Chants then added three more in the fifth on two more home runs. Noad hit a solo shot - her seventh of the year - and Hayden followed with her 12th of the season, a two-run blast to left.
Rasley hit another two-run homer in the sixth, her fourth of the year, to cap the Chanticleers' onslaught. In addition to the five home runs in the game, CCU also had five doubles. Hayden was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Rasley had three hits, drove in the two runs and scored two. Pierre, Daigle, Noad and Winans each added two hits.
After allowing three hits in the first two innings, Ashley Bagwell (8-5) retired the last nine batters she faced before Morgan Mastriania came on to pitch the sixth and end it. Bagwell struck out eight and walked just one.
Brooke Donovan had one hit in each game to extend her hitting streak to seven games.
Coastal returns home on Saturday for a doubleheader against Radford beginning at 1 p.m. The teams wrap up the series with a game Sunday at 1 p.m.