May 11, 2012
RADFORD, Va. - Charleston Southern scored first against Coastal Carolina and didn't look back to take game seven of the 2012 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting and Brookwood Farms Barbeque by a 5-2 score on Friday morning at Radford Softball Field in Radford, Va.
Charleston Southern improves to 32-25 on the year, while Coastal Carolina moves to 39-18 on the season.
Coastal threatened to score in the second inning after the first two batters were walked and then Jazmin Daigle hit a sacrifice bunt that moved Tamara Hawkins to third and Chelsea Pinedato second base. Charleston Southern struck out the next two batters to move the game to the third inning.
In the top of the third inning the Buccaneers got on the board when Megan Lombard hit a home run to left center that scored Melissa Adams to make it a 2-0 game.
The Chanticleers had an opportunity to score in the bottom of the third when Sarah Maples reached first on a single to center field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Maples then reached third during Brooke Donovan's at bat. Charleston Southern picked up the third out during the Chanticleers' next at bat.
During the bottom of the fifth inning the Chanticleers loaded the bases, as Maples hit a single down the left field line. Donovan then hit a single to center field during Coastal's next at bat. Kory Haydenwas walked for the second time following Donovan's at bat. Kiana Quolas made contact with the ball in Coastal's next at bat, but grounded out to the pitcher.
Jana Matthews recorded the second home run of the game in the sixth inning, knocking the ball out of center field to give the Buccaneers a 3-0 lead.
The Chanticleers loaded the bases again in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Jessie Winans reached base on balls, moving Daigle to second and Nicole Saggiomoto third. Charleston Southern held Coastal scoreless through six by picking up the third out during the Chants' next at bat.
Charleston Southern built up a 5-0 lead in the top of the seventh after Kristin Kelleher hit the Buccaneers third home run of the game that drove in Lombard.
Quolas answered for the Chanticleers in the bottom of the inning by hitting a two run homer to make it a 5-2 game. The home run was the fourth of the season for Quolas. Pineda reached first with two outs after being walked for the second time in the game. Daigle tried to keep the game going, but popped up to the first baseman for the final out.
Pierre ended the game with two hits in three at bats, while being walked once. Hayden had one hit and one run in two at bats and was walked twice. Quolas posted one hit, two RBI and one run in four at bats. Sara Rasley had a team-high eight putouts, while Winans led the team with three assists.
Quolas pitched a complete game striking out seven, walking two and giving up eight hits in 31 batters faced.
Lombard had two hits, two runs and two RBI in four at bats for Charleston Southern. Matthews finished with one hit, one run and one RBI in three at bats. Adams had one hit and one run in two at bats. Linzy Rother tallied seven putouts for the Buccaneers and Stephanie Sbardell had three assists.
Morgan Dowdy posted her 19th win of the season after pitching 6.1 innings in which she struck out four, walked six and gave up seven hits.
Coastal returns to action against Campbell at 2 p.m. on Friday. Charleston Southern plays the winner of the Presbyterian vs. Gardner-Webb/Radford game on Saturday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kelley Green
"I thought we certainly had our opportunities to hit some runners in and it's disappointing that we didn't come through in those clutch situations, but credit to Charleston Southern and to their pitchers who stepped up in those situations and made great pitches. The Buccaneers outplayed us in every aspect of the game, so credit to them."
"We now have to bounce back and get ready for Campbell. We made it a little harder for ourselves to get to the championship game, which is not out of the picture, but we have to rebound quickly."
Charleston Southern Head Coach Shane Winkler
"We've been working extremely hard offensively and it's finally starting to pay off. Our focus coming into the tournament has been really to focus on the little things. We've done that, and by focusing on the little things, we develop and produce a lot of big things and that's shown through the two games with hitting nine home runs. We got a complete game from our entire team today so that's exciting to have."