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Chanticleers Face Challenges at USF Tourney

Coastal to take on two ranked opponents on Friday

       

Freshman Bri Chiusano

Freshman Bri Chiusano

Feb. 14, 2013

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CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team hits the road again this weekend as it travels to Tampa, Fla. to compete in the USF 4 Team Tournament against teams from the ACC, Big East and SEC.

The Chanticleers (2-3) will face two opponents who appeared in last year's Women's College World Series and are ranked in the top 15 in the NFCA poll this season, beginning with a contest against No. 4 Tennessee Friday at 1:45 p.m. The Chants will then take on host and 12th-ranked USF Friday at 6:30 p.m., before meeting N.C. State on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Two semifinals, set based on pool-play results, will be played later Saturday, with championship and consolation games to follow on Sunday.

Senior Jazmin Daigle hit .375 to lead the Chants during the opening weekend, while freshman Bri Chiusano hit .368 with a team-best seven hits. Five different Coastal players hit home runs, including a grand slam by sophomore Kory Hayden, who totaled five RBIs. Sophomore Kiana Quolas struck out 17 batters and allowed just two earned runs in 14.1 innings in the circle.

Tennessee (5-0) returns six All-SEC selections, including by the pitching combination of Ellen Renfroe and Ivy Renfroe. The Volunteers outscored their opponents 53-8 last weekend.

USF (3-1), the preseason favorite in the Big East, is led by junior lefthander Sara Nevins, who was a finalist for USA Softball's Player of the Year last season.

N.C. State (4-1) broke in a brand new coaching staff by winning the FIU Panther Invitational last weekend. Sophomore Emily Weiman notched all four victories in the circle.