Pineda Helps Lift Coastal in Opening Game of Big South Tournament
May 10, 2012
RADFORD, Va. - The second-seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers used a four run first inning and a four run sixth inning to beat Presbyertian, 8-0, in game two of the 2012 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting and Brookwood Farms Barbeque Thursday morning at Radford Softball Field in Radford, Va.
The Chanticleers improve to 39-17 overall on the year, while the Blue Hose fall to 19-32.
Chelsea Pineda tallied her 11th home run of the season and her second grand slam on the year during the first inning, scoring Brooke Donovan, Big South Conference Co-Freshman of the Year Kory Hayden and Cacia Pierre. Donovan picked up the Chanticleers first hit of the game with a double to left field. Hayden, a first team All-Big South member, hit a single to the left side during the next at bat for Coastal, while Pierre reached base on balls.
The Chanticleers gave up only one hit to the Blue Hose through the first four innings of play, while Coastal had five.
Jill McLean tallied the Blue Hose second hit of the game with two out in the sixth inning, as she reached first on a single up the middle, but first team All-Big South pitcher Kiana Quolas posted her sixth strikeout to move the game into the bottom of the inning.
Pineda extended the Chanticleers lead to five following her second home run of the game that was hit to right field. Jessie Winans put Coastal ahead 7-0 two batters later, after hitting her sixth home run of the season to center field. Beth Kassuhn, who was pinch running for Stacy Snellings, advanced home on the play. Hayden hit a single later in the inning that advanced Maples home to give Coastal the 8-0 victory.
Pineda ended the game with two hits, five RBI and two runs in two at bats, while being walked once. She tied Winans with a team high two assists. Hayden tallied two hits, one RBI and one run in four at bats. Donovan has two hits and one run in three at bats, while being walked once. Sara Rasley finished with one hit, two RBI and one run in three bats.
Quolas (23-8) pitched six innings for Coastal, walking one and giving up two hits in 21 batters faced.
Leslie Hensley (10-16) suffered the loss as she allowed seven hits and five runs over her two innings pitched, striking out two and walking two.
The Chanticleers will play the winner of third-seeded Charleston Southern and sixth-seeded Liberty on Friday morning at 9 a.m. Presbyterian will play the loser of the Lady Bucs vs. the Flames game tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kelley Green
"I thought we came out strong and I think that Chelsea Pineda's grand slam in the first definitely helped and I think it helped Kiana out with any jitters she was having as a freshman starting in her first post season tournament. We had a little bit of a lull there in the middle of the game, but Sara Rasleyhad a nice home run and then Kory put it away at the end. Overall pleased with our performance and now we are looking forward to playing tomorrow."
Presbyterian Head Coach Kama Tucker
"We didn't keep our selves in the game, we allowed them to have too much momentum and didn't answer with our sticks when they scored. They did an awesome job of hitting and executing when they needed to. We didn't respond."