May 11, 2012
Radford, Va. - Coastal was able to fend off Campbell to take game nine of the 2012 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting and Brookwood Farms Barbeque by a 3-2 score on Friday afternoon at Radford Softball Field.
Coastal earned its 40th win of the season as it improved to 40-18 on the year, while Campbell ends its season at 30-29.
Kiana Quolas helped give Coastal the 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first by hitting a single to the right side to score Brooke Donovan, who reached base on a double to left field for the Chanticleers first hit of the game.
Campbell struck back in the top of the third inning when Stephanie Jones hit a single up the middle that scored Jessi Lane to tie the score at 1-1. Ericka Nesbitt advanced to third on the play by Jones, but she was unable to advance home, as the Chanticleer defense picked up the final two outs of the inning during the Fighting Camels next two at bats.
During the fourth inning, the Chanticleers regained the lead when Nicole Saggiomo crossed home plate on Sara Rasley's sacrifice fly. Jessie Winans loaded the bases during the next at bat after she was walked, but Campbell picked up the final out of the inning on a pop up by Sarah Maples.
The Fighting Camels tied the game up 2-2 in the fifth inning. Jones hit a single up the middle that scored Jessi Lane and moved Ericka Nesbitt to third with one out. Coastal walked the next batter before getting the following two batters out.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh the score remained tied at 2-2. Cacia Pierre kept Coastal in the tournament, as she hit a single up the middle with two outs to score Courtney Howell for the 3-2 victory. Howell was in the game as a pinch runner for Quolas. who hit a double to right field.
Quolas ended the game with three hits and one RBI in four at bats. Pierre had two hits and one RBI in four at bats. Donovan posted one hit and one run in three at bats and was walked once. Winans had one hit in one at bat and was walked two times.
Ashley Bagwell posted her 13th win of the season from the circle after pitching seven innings, striking out 11 to tie her season high. She didn't allow a walk and scattered eight hits.
Christina Melton took the loss from the rubber for the Fighting Camels after pitching 6.2 innings, striking out four, walking four and allowing seven hits.
The Chanticleers play host and No. 1 seed Radford on Saturday at Noon in the third round of the double-elimination tournament.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kelley Green
"It was a good bounce back win for us, but I don't think we played our best. We got a few clutch hits that we needed to win the game. Regardless, it's a great win to allow us to play Radford tomorrow for an opportunity to play in the championship game on Sunday. We will definitely need to step up our game up tomorrow and shake this day off because we didn't play well today. We will need to have all aspects of our game going for us tomorrow."
“The game had dual emotions built in for me. The first is pride. I am very proud of our two seniors, Christina Melton and Taylor McGee, and the amazing dedication and the example that they set for us throughout their time with our program. They have left legacies of noble character. I also feel humility. Once again there were many ‘what ifs’ to learn from throughout the year. We learned so much this season and I am excited to see it reap benefits in the years to come.”