April 6, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - Ashley Bagwell struck out a season-high 12 and the Coastal Carolina softball team bounced back to beat Radford 5-1 Saturday afternoon and earn a split in a Big South Conference doubleheader at Carolina Forest High School. The Highlanders won the first game 4-1.
Bagwell (9-5) didn't allow an earned run, surrendered only three hits and walked just one in pitching her fifth complete game of the season and notching her third straight victory. She had at least one strikeout in every inning and recorded two in four of the seven frames.
Coastal took a 1-0 lead on the first inning on a two-out RBI single by Cacia Pierre. Bri Chiusano walked, advanced to second on a groundout, moved to third on a flyout and scored when Pierre singled to right-center.
Radford (13-20, 6-3) scored an unearned run to tie it in the top of the fourth. Hilari Hopkins reached base when she struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt and Noad's throw to first went off helmet, allowing her to advance to second. She moved to third on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by cleanup hitter Morgan Eye.
However, the Chanticleers quickly regained the lead with three-runs in the bottom of the inning. Pierre led off with a single up the middle and pinchrunner Courtney Howell stole second and advanced to third on sacrifice by Jazmin Daigle. She then slid home safely ahead of the throw on a sacrifice fly by Sara Rasley. Noad then homered to right-center - her eighth of the season - to give the Chants a 4-1 advantage.
CCU tacked on one more in the fifth when Kiana Quolas was hit by a pitch and reached second on a wild pitch. Pinchrunner Maicie Hahn scored from there on a fielding error by the shortstop on a liner off the bat of Pierre.
Coastal totaled four hits against Highlanders starter Jackie Jenkins, but the support was more than enough for Bagwell, who allowed only five Radford batters to reach base. The Highlanders' only other threat came in the sixth on a pair of singles. However, Bagwell followed by striking out Jessie Hutchens and Eye to end the inning.
The 12 strikeouts was one off of her career-high 13, which she last had in the Big South Tournament championship game last season.
In the opener, Radford scored all four of its runs in the first three innings, each of them coming on home runs against starter Quolas. Hutchens hit a two-run homer in the first inning, while Becky Mantel and Emily Naegele added solo shots in the second and the fourth.
Quolas (12-7) allowed just two other hits in the game. She struck out two and walked two.
Radford left-hander Rachael Walters limited the Chanticleers to five hits, with Jessie Winans collecting two.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.