May 14, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. – No. 6 seeded Coastal Carolina defeated No. 5 Charleston Southern 9-4, in the ninth game of the 2010 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Thursday at Coastal Carolina Softball Field in Conway, S.C. The Chanticleers will turn around to face the No. 2 seed Liberty at 7 p.m., while the Buccaneers finished their season with a 30-29-1 record.
The Buccaneers were the first to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth as Jana Matthews, who was walked, rounded the diamond from a Kristin Kelliher single and an Erin Kegley double that brought her home. Kelliher scored on a wild pitch, putting the Bucs up 2-0 to end the inning.
The Chanticleers responded in the top of the third with Mecaela Ballard singling to the short stop and stealing second. Ashley Pisone hit a single to center that allowed Ballard to make her way home, giving the Chants a 1-0. Pisone stole second and advanced to score after an throwing by the catcher, tying the game up 2-2. Back-to-back single homeruns from Jazmin Daigle and Cacia Pierre gave the Chanticleers a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Melissa Adams singled to short and advanced to second on an overthrow, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lombard hit to shortstop Daigle, who fumbled the ball, allowing Adams to score, 4-3. Shayla Cullum singled towards center field, advancing Lombard to second. The runners advanced again as pitcher Kaitlin Edwards walked Jana Matthews, loading the bases. Kegley grounded-out to the new pitcher, Ashley Frederick, getting Lombard home to tie the game up a four apiece.
In the top of the fifth, Ballard started things off with a single up the middle then advancing as Sarah Maples doubled to left center. A Stacy Snellings single brought both Ballard and Maples to score, giving the Chanticleers another two-point lead, 6-4.
Coastal used another big offensive inning in the top of the sixth to extend their lead 9-4. Olivia Piccirllo started the inning off with her third homerun of the year out of the leftfield side, putting Coastal up 7-4. Ballard got on base with a single bunt then advanced to second as Pisone singled up the middle. The Bucs began to struggle defensively as Daigle reach first on a fielding error and advanced to second on a throwing error, while both Ballard and Pisone were able to score off of the Bucs mishaps.
The Chanticleers relieve pitcher Frederick earned the win after allowing just one hit, no runs and striking out four in 4.2 innings of work. Edwards started the game, allowing four hits on four runs and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work. Ballard went 3-for-3 on the day as she ran in three runs for the Chants. Stacy Snellings led the team with two runs batted in.
Kimberly Hobbs took the loss for the Buccaneers as she allowed nine hits on six runs, with four strike outs in five innings. Caitlin Allen came in to relief as she allowed four hits and thre run, while striking out two in two innings of work.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kelley Greene
“I thought we came out swinging again and we put the ball in play there hard, making things happen on the bases, being aggressive like we need to be. Kaitlin Edwards did alright for us we made somedefensive mistakes behind her, but Ashley Frederick came in and shut them down. She is our work horse all this weekend and we will go with her again.”
Charleston Southern Head Coach Shane Winkler
“The most important thing in a tournament like this is to keep yourself out of the loser’s bracket. It’s such an uphill climb if you get there early on. Our goal is to win the whole tournament and to do that we would have had to win six games in two days. Our girls need to be proud of what they’ve accomplished. We’ve done a lot of great things as a team this year and our seniors should be proud of where they have taken the program. Whether it is all of the team and individual records, or reaching 30 wins, we have done a lot of good things and have a lot to be proud of.”