April 14, 2013
ROCK HILL - The Coastal Carolina softball team recorded a rare triple play, but dropped the finale of its three-game Big South Conference series at Winthrop 9-5 on Sunday.
It was the first loss of the season for the Chanticleers (25-18, 12-5 Big South) when they have scored at least five runs in a game. Winthrop evened its record at 21-21 and improved to 9-7 in conference play.
The highlight of the game for CCU came on the triple play in the fifth inning. With the based loaded, leftfielder Kiana Quolas ran down a flyball in left-center as the Winthrop runners at second and third took off. Pitcher Ashley Bagwell got Quolas' throw from the outfield and threw to Jazmin Daigle at second for the second out and Daigle's throw to Kory Hayden at third completed the play.
Winthrop, though, had already scored eight runs, including six in the second inning to take control. The Eagles totaled seven hits in that frame against starter Quolas and reliever Ashley Bagwell and finished the game with 16.
The Chanticleers had 11 hits themselves and tried to rally again in the seventh as they had on Saturday. Trailing 9-4, the Chants strung together three straight singles with one out and a sacrifice fly by Daigle scored a run. However, they were unable to get the tying run to the plate as Paige Goldsack's liner to right was caught for the final out.
Winthrop answered with the big inning in the bottom of the frame, though. A leadoff double by Kathryn Eberlin started it and was followed by three straight singles to put the Eagles ahead 2-1. After an error and a foulout, three more singles - the last on the first hitter that Bagwell faced - made it 6-1.
Coastal got two runs back in the third on an two-run double by Goldsack. Quolas led off with her second double of the game and moved to third on a flyout. Cacia Pierre walked and pinch-runner Courtney Howell stole second. Goldsack then hit one to the gap in right-center to make it 6-3.
The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the third on three more hits and then tacked one more in fifth before the triple play limited the damage.
The Chants made it 8-4 with a run in the top of sixth as Daigle led off with a single and scored on fielder's choice off the bat of Noad. Winthrop scored its final run in the bottom of the inning without a hit.
Quolas went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Goldsack had another multi-hit game, finishing with two.
Quolas (14-9) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. Bagwell pitched 4.2 innings in relief and allowed three runs on nine hits.
Winthrop's Chelsey Schoenfeldt (2-5) pitched all seven innings, allowing five earned runs, striking out four and walking two.
Coastal returns home to face Charleston Southern for a single game on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m., the first of an eight-game homestand.