April 9, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team got two more strong pitching performances and enough timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader against Lowcountry rival Charleston Southern on Wednesday, notching a 2-1 victory in the first game before posting a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap.
The Chanticleers have now won five straight games to improve their overall record to 28-11 and move their Big South-leading mark to 10-1. Charleston Southern dropped to 19-26-1 overall and 5-8 in conference play.
Brooke Donovan led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 in each of the games and totaling three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the second game. She was the lone player to have multiple hits in either contest.
Charleston Southern scored its only run of the day in the first inning of the first game. Amanda Matsumota hit a one-out double down the left-field line and scored on a fielding error on a flyball with two outs.
However, Coastal tied it up in the bottom of the second on an RBI single to center by Donovan that scored Morgan Noad. Noad had drawn a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice by Amanda Daneker.
Both teams left runners in scoring position on base in the third before the Chants scored the game-deciding run in the fourth. Daneker hit a leadoff single and pinchrunner Courtney Howell stole second. Donovan followed with a single and, two batters later, Sara Rasley plated Howell with a sacrifice fly to left.
Quolas then made the one-run lead stand up, working around an error in the fifth inning and a single in the sixth. In the seventh, she got the first two batters on a strikeout and a groundout before Kory Hayden made a backhand grab on a grounder down the line and Rasley made a nice scoop at first on a low throw for the final out.
Quolas (18-4) didn't allow an earned run for the 10th time in a start this season. She scattered five hits and struck out five without a walk. Jennifer Giles allowed just four hits, but walked six and struck out only one to take the loss.
Bagwell held the Buccaneers hitless for the first five innings of the second game, with help from a leaping catch by shortstop Jessie Winans on a hard liner that ended the fifth.
After issuing her only two walks of the game in the first inning, the senior right-hander retired 13 straight batters until pinchhitter Lizzy Olmstead hit a double leading off the sixth. However, with CCU leading 1-0, Olmstead tried to stretch the hit into a triple and the Chants were able to throw her out at third. After Chiusano quickly retrieved the ball at the fence, Winans took the relay throw and delivered a strike to Hayden for the putout.
Donovan then provided a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the inning. After Noad reached on a walk, Donovan got a hold of a 1-1 pitch from CSU starter Cheyenne Gandara and put it over the centerfield fence for her second homer of the season.
Bagwell then finished off her fourth shutout of the season, working around a one-out single in the seventh and closing it out with two of her eight strikeouts.
Coastal gave Bagwell the only run she needed in the first inning as Noad hit a two-out double to left-center, scoring Chiusano. The leadoff hitter had singled, stole her 35th base of the season and moved to third on a sacrifice.
Gandara suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits, striking out five and walking five.
The Chanticleers will now hit the road for a weekend series at Presbyterian College, beginning with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.