April 16, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - Kiana Quolas hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and notched the victory in relief as the Coastal Carolina softball team edged Charleston Southern 6-5 Tuesday afternoon at Carolina Forest High School.
With the win, the Chanticleers improved to 26-18 overall and 13-5 in the Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fell to 10-36 overall and 3-15 in conference play.
Both teams held the lead twice in the game before Quolas broke a 5-5 tie by leading off the sixth with the solo homer over the fence in right-center. It was her eighth of the year and provided the Chants with their second one-run victory of the season.
Quolas pitched 4.1 innings in relief of Ashley Bagwell and allowed one run on two hits, struck out four and walked two. Coastal pitching limited Charleston Southern to just three hits in the game.
However, the Buccaneers took advantage of two walks and a hit batter to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning on fielder's choice.
Cacia Pierre tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single to left-center, scoring Chiusano after she had reached on an infield single and stole second.
The Chants then scored twice in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Noad hit her 10th homer of the year over the right-field fence. Jessie Winans then reached second base when she hit a deep flyball that went off the glove of the left-fielder. Chiusano followed with an RBI single through the right side.
Charleston Southern, though, came back to score three runs on one hit in the top of the third. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases and, after a putout at home on a fielder's choice, another walk scored a run. Melanie Stickney then hit a two-run single to left-center to put the Bucs up 4-3. Quolas then came on to pitch and got the final out of the inning.
Coastal quickly tied it in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring single to right by Noad that followed a pair of walks. CCU then took a 5-4 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Kory Hayden. After Winans led off with a bunt single, Chiusano reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second when Quolas was hit by a pitch. Chiusano then stole third, her 16th swipe of the season without being caught, and scored when Hayden hit a flyout to center.
The Buccaneers tied the game up for the final time when Jana Matthews, the school's career home run leader, led off the fifth with a homer to left-center.
Quolas worked around a two-out double in the sixth and then retired the Bucs in order in the seventh to close it out. The win was the 39th of her career, tying Brittany Nelson for seventh all-time at CCU.
The Chanticleers are back in action on Wednesday as they host UNC Wilmington for a pair of nonconference games, beginning at 3 p.m.