May 5, 2012
CONWAY - Playing in its final regular season series of the 2012 season, the Coastal Carolina softball team earned a 3-2 win in 10 innings and a 4-1 victory over Winthrop on Saturday. The Chanticleers improved to 37-17 overall, while moving to 12-8 in the Big South Conference following the two wins.
After both teams were held hitless through the first three innings of play, Winthrop went ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning after Chelsey Schoenfeldt hit a home run to right field that also scored Kristy Noble.
The Chanticleers threatened to score in the sixth inning with Brooke Donovan on third with only one out, but the Eagles recorded back-to-back outs to escape.
In the seventh inning, Coastal tied the game at 2-2. Jazmin Daigle scored the first run for the Chanticleers on a double to left center field by Stacy Snellings. Beth Kassuhn, who was pinch running for Snellings, scored the tying run on a single by Kory Hayden through the left side of the infield. The game moved into extra innings after Winthrop picked up the third out on strikes.
Both teams struggled to get runners into scoring position during the eighth and ninth inning, and, in the 10th inning, the game would use the international tiebreaker rule.
With a runner on third, Jenna Harbin hit a ground ball to shortstop. Coastal's Jessie Winans threw the ball to home plate to Chelsea Pineda in order to get Kelly Blea out for the second out of the inning. Kiana Quolas struck out the next batter to take the game into the bottom of the inning.
The Eagles retired the first batter by strike out. During the Chanticleers next at bat, Daigle hit a single to right field that scored pinch runner Courtney Howell to give Coastal the 3-2 win.
Hayden ended the game with one hit and one RBI in two at bats, while being walked three times. She also had a team high four assists in the win. Daigle ended the game with one hit, one run and one RBI in three at bats, while being walked twice. Snellings posted two hits and one RBI in two at bats, while also being walked once. Pineda recorded a team high 12 putouts.
Quolas pitched a career high 10 innings, in which she also recorded a career high 11 strikeouts on the way to her 21st victory of the season from the circle. She walked just two in the win and gave up three hits in 37 batters faced.
Schoenfeldt picked up the loss after pitching 1.1 innings, striking out three, walking one and allowing two hits in seven batters faced.
During the second game Winthrop took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning after Melanie Andrea was walked with the bases loaded to score Noble.
The Chanticleers responded in the bottom of the inning, as Donovan advanced home on a sacrifice fly by Quolas to tie the game at one apiece. Nicole Saggiomo and Cacia Pierre made it a 3-1 game after they advanced home on Pineda's single to right field.
Winthrop struggled offensively during the remainder of the game picking up only three hits through the final four innings of play. Coastal extended its lead to three in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Donovan that scored Howell.
Donovan tallied two hits, one run and one RBI in four at bats. Pineda had a strong showing in the second game recording one hit and two RBI in one at bat, while being walked once and posting a team high six putouts. Snellings also finished the game with six putouts. Hayden had two hits in three bats, along with four assists.
Ashley Bagwell grabbed the win in the circle for the Chanticleers after pitching six innings, striking out four, walking two and allowing seven hits in 27 batters faced. Quolas earned her first save of the season following an inning of work, in which she struck out one and gave up a hit in four batters faced.
Sara Allen took the loss for the Eagles after pitching two innings, not allowing a walk, while giving up five hits in 12 batters faced.
The Chanticleers return to action on Sunday, May 6 in their final game at the Coastal Carolina University softball field, which is also the final regular season game of the season, at 1 p.m. The Coastal Carolina University softball field along with baseball's Watson Stadium will undergo a $10.2 million renovation following the conclusion of both seasons. Sarah Maples, Pineda and Snellings will be recognized prior to the start of the game for their accomplishments and contributions to the Chanticleer softball program.