May 19, 2012
The Chanticleers (44-19) will play No. 21 North Carolina, who lost 3-2 to Georgia in Saturday’s first game, at 5 p.m. on Saturday for the right to play Georgia in the Regional championship game on Sunday.
The win ties the 1994 squad, who finished the season 44-15, with the most wins in a single season. Additionally, the victory was the Chants’ first in an NCAA Regional since the 2000 team posted a 3-1 win over Penn State at the Tempe Regional.
Bagwell got the Chants started on the right foot in the first inning as she sat the Eagles down in order on K’s. Maples drew a leadoff walk and was advanced to second on a Brooke Donovan sacrifice; however, Georgia Southern got a pair of popups to escape the inning.
Bagwell would repeat her first inning performance in the second as she struck out the side after giving up a leadoff single; however, the Chanticleers would go down in order to leave the game tied at 0-0.
Both teams advanced runners to second in the third inning, but neither side could muster a hit to plate the runner.
Georgia Southern broke the scoreless affair in the fourth with an RBI sac fly off the bat of Andrea Tarashuk. Marie Fogle beat out a close play at first to start the inning and was a sacrificed over to third on a single to right off the bat of Kaitlyn Johnson. Tarashuk then stepped to the plate a sent a towering fly to left, scoring Fogle.
The Chanticleers answered right back in the home half of the frame with a run of their own. Kory Hayden drew a leadoff walk and was replaced on the base paths by Courtney Howell. Kiana Quolas then bunted Howell to third and Jazmin Daigle drove the sophomore home with a sharp single back up the middle.
Georgia Southern applied serious pressure on the Chants in the fifth as the Eagles loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a pair of weak singles and a walk. However, Bagwell was able to get Fogle to pop up her 1-2 offering to Jessie Winans in shallow left field to escape the jam.
Coastal made Georgia Southern play from behind for the first time in the NCAA Athens Regional as the Chants scored one in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. After Winans was issued Coastal’s fourth leadoff walk of the game, Georgia Southern went to the bullpen and replaced starter Sarah Purvis with Allie Miles. The move was ill advised as Sarah Maples sent Miles’ fifth pitch of the game to the left-center field wall for her 11th double of the season, plating Winans. Coastal would load the bases with two outs after a pair of walks, but Chelsea Pineda flied out to left field to end the scoring threat.
Bagwell would face the minimum over the final two innings as she picked up the win. The sophomore gave up six hits and allowed one earned as she improved to 16-8 on the season. Purvis (23-12) took the loss for Georgia Southern allowing two runs on one hit, while failing to record a strikeout for the first time this season.
Coastal Carolina Postseason Tournament History
1992 – National Invitation Championship [Macomb, Ill.] (0-4)
1998 – NCAA Lincoln Regional (0-2)
2000 – NCAA Tempe Regional (2-2)
2001 – NCAA Los Angeles Regional (0-2)
2006 – NCAA Athens Regional (0-2)
2012 – NCAA Athens Regional (1-1)
2012 NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL SCHEDULE OF GAMES:
Friday, May 18
2:30 p.m.: Georgia Southern 1 vs. North Carolina 2 (8)
5 p.m.: Coastal Carolina 3 vs. Georgia 13 (5)
Saturday, May 19
12 p.m.: North Carolina 2 vs. Georgia 3
2:30 p.m.: Georgia Southern 1 vs. Coastal Carolina 2 (Georgia Southern eliminated)
5 p.m.: Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina
Sunday, May 20
12 p.m.: Georgia vs. Winner Game 5
2:30 p.m.: (If Necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6
**All Times Eastern & Subject To Change**