Chants Oust Radford With Comeback Win
May 10, 2013
ROCK HILL - Ashley Bagwell pitched a complete game and top-seeded Coastal Carolina scored two fifth-inning runs to rally for a 3-2 victory over No. 4 seed Radford Friday morning and stay alive in the Big South Tournament.
Jazmin Daigle provided the game-winning run with an RBI single as the Chanticleers (35-21) moved on and eliminated Radford from the tournament for a second straight year. Coastal will face either No. 2 Campbell or No. 6 Liberty in another elimination game Friday night at 9:30 p.m.
Bagwell (12-8) limited Radford to just six hits, with the Highlanders scoring only on a two-run home run by Becky Mantel in the third inning that made it 2-1.
Bri Chiusano started the Chants' fifth-inning rally by leading off with her second bunt single of the game. Kiana Quolas then faked a bunt and ripped a single past the third baseman and a sacrifice by Kory Hayden moved the runners to second and third. Cacia Pierre's sacrifice fly to left brought home Chiusano with the tying run. Daigle then singled past the diving shortstop and pinch-runner Nicole Saggiomo scored from second, sliding in ahead of the throw.
Bagwell followed by working a perfect sixth inning and then dodged Radford's comeback bid in the seventh. After Bagwell got two quick outs, singles by Ryndee Ruch and Mantel put runners on first and second. However, the junior right-hander got Megan Honaker to ground out to Daigle at first base to preserve the victory.
Bagwell struck out six and walked two en route to notching her 43rd career victory, passing Ashley Frederick for seventh place on CCU's all-time list.
After missing on a scoring opportunity in the first inning, Coastal finally broke through for its first run of the tournament in the second. Daigle reached on an error and went to second when Sara Rasley walked. Brooke Donovan followed with a single to right, but Daigle was thrown out at the plate on a good throw from rightfielder Morgan Eye. However, Jessie Winans followed with a two-out RBI single to left-center, scoring Rasley.
Radford (20-36) answered quickly with Mantel homering over the left-field fence after a leadoff walk.
Chiusano and Donovan each went 2-for-3 for the Chanticleers, who totaled nine hits against Radford pitcher Rachael Walters. Quolas extended her hitting streak to 12 games, the longest for the team this season.