April 22, 2011
CLINTON, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University softball team dropped both games of the doubleheader against Presbyterian College on Friday, April 22, falling 2-1 in game one and 8-1 in game two. The Chanticleers fall to 19-28 overall and 3-8 in the Big South while the Blue Hose improve to 24-14 overall and 8-6 in the league.
The first game started as a pitching duel between Coastal’s Ashley Bagwell and PC’s Leslie Hensley with three scoreless innings.
The Blue Hose were first to score in the bottom of the fourth as Katie Anderson hit a home run down the left field line for a 1-0 lead. PC added another run in the fourth as Taylor Staten came home on a bases loaded walk, giving the Blue Hose a 2-0 lead.
Presbyterian College loaded the bases again in the fifth inning, but Coastal got out of the jam without allowing any runs to score.
The Chants tried to extend the game in the top of the seventh, but came up short by one run. Jazmin Daigle led off with a double to the left field wall and Kara Vonatzski came in to pinch run. Sarah Maples followed with a single to centerfield, advancing Vonatzski to third. Cacia Pierre hit into a double play for two quick outs, but Michelle Evans kept Coastal alive with a hit up the middle bringing Vonatzski home to cut the Blue Hose lead to one. The Chanticleers could not keep the rally going as the Blue Hose won 2-1.
Bagwell started in the circle for Coastal, throwing a complete game and allowing two runs on 10 hits while striking out three. Bagwell falls to 10-12 on the season. Hensley earned the win to move to 15-9 overall after giving up one run on six hits and striking out three.
In the second game, all nine runs scored were off of home runs. The Blue Hose got out to an early 3-0 lead after Morgan Durham hit a three-run homer to centerfield in the first inning.
Coastal cut PC’s lead by one at 3-1 in the top of the fourth after Maples hit her first home run of the season over the centerfield fence.
In the fifth inning, the Blue Hose added two more runs on a homer by Anderson, her second of the day, to give PC a 5-1 advantage. The final three runs of the game for Presbyterian came in the sixth inning off a home run by Amanda Miller for an 8-1 lead.
Katelin Edwards started in the circle for Coastal, allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out six. Edwards moves to 4-6 on the season. Brittany Howell earned the win for the Blue Hose to improve to 9-5 overall after giving up one run on five hits and striking out eight.
The Chanticleers return to action for the final game of the three-game series tomorrow at 12 p.m. at the PC Softball Complex.