May 7, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University softball team split Saturday’s doubleheader with Liberty, winning 2-1 in game one and falling 4-1 in game two. The Chanticleers move to 23-30 overall and 7-10 in the Big South while Liberty improves to 25-27 and 10-7 in the league.
In game one, Coastal got off to a quick start scoring two runs in the first. Jessie Winans singled to left field and Chelsea Pineda drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Jazmin Daigle loaded the bases on a single through the right side and Sarah Maples doubled to left center, bring home Coastal’s only two runs of the game.
Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Liberty’s Meredith Crisante homered to center field to cut the Chanticleer lead to 2-1, but it would not be enough as Coastal took the first game.
Freshman Ashley Bagwell threw her 15th complete game and allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight. She moves to 13-13 on the season.
Katrina Johnson takes the loss for Liberty and falls to 12-12 overall after giving up two runs on four hits and striking out nine.
In game two, the Lady Flames got out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs, Kelly Strickland drew a walk and Sammi Shivock followed with a double down the left field line to bring Strickland home. Keely McMillon reached first on an error at shortstop and Shivock came home on a single to left field by Amber DePasquale for a 2-0 lead.
Pineda cut the lead to one at 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run over the left field fence, her seventh of the season.
Liberty added two more runs in the top of the fifth for a 4-1 lead. Ashley Bensinger started the inning off with a double to left center and Grace Nordan followed with a single to shortstop. Crisante hit into a fielder’s choice to put runners at first and third after Nordan was called out on the play. Kaylee West brought home Bensinger with a single to right center and Cristante came home on a hit by Jenny Law.
Senior Michelle Evans took the loss for Coastal and moves to 6-11 after giving up four runs on 10 hits.
Liberty’s Tiffani Smith earned the win to improve to 10-12 on the season after allowing one run on three hits.
Coastal will return to the field tomorrow for the deciding game of the series and the final game of the regular season at 1 p.m. The team will celebrate seniors Katelin Edwards, Olivia Williams, Ashley Pisone and Michelle Evans prior to the game.