Feb. 17, 2011
COASTAL CAROLINA (1-3) OPENS HOME SEASON AT KICKIN’ CHICKEN CLASSIC
Dates: Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 20
Times: 4:30 p.m./6:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./5:30 p.m./10 a.m.
Place: Coastal Carolina Softball Field, Conway, S.C.
Live Stats: Gametracker via www.GoCCUSports.com
TV/Live Video: None
Chants Set to Host Kickin’ Chicken Classic
The Coastal Carolina University softball team (1-3) opens its 2011 home season with the Kickin’ Chicken Classic Feb. 18-20. The Chanticleers open the tournament facing Saint Joseph’s and Bucknell Friday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Coastal then plays Bucknell again on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and James Madison right after at 5:30 p.m. The Chanticleers close the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 20 against Saint Joseph’s at 10 a.m.
Scouting Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks enter the 2011 season picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 conference and are returning eight starters and 15 letterwinners. Key returns for the Hawks are juniors Erin Gallagher, Bernadette Moran, Monica Aguilar and sophomore Dana Parks. Moran finished the 2010 season with a .319 batting average, 46 hits, 9 doubles and a .351 on-base percentage. Aguilar had a .274 batting average, 37 hits and five homeruns. Parks finished the season with .294 batting average, 42 hits, a .340 on-base percentage, and 10 stolen bases out of 14 attempts. Gallagher looks to return to the mound after finishing last year with a 1.45 era, a 24-9 record and 242 strike outs in 34 starts.
Series vs. Saint Joseph’s
This will be the first meeting between the Hawks and Chanticleers in program history.
For the first time since 1998, Bucknell has been picked to be the team to beat in the Patriots League. The Bison tied the school record in wins last season with 28, including a win over Colgate in the championship game. The Bison look to return four starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s championship team. Key returning players for Bucknell are seniors Lauren Fry, Allison Ford and sophomore Alex MacLean. Fry finished last year with a .387 batting average, 55 hits, 10 doubles, 5 triples, 25 RBI and a .506 on-base percentage. Ford had a .333 batting average, 46 hits, 10 doubles and 30 RBI. MacLean is coming off of a 13-6 record last year with a 2.76 ERA, 92 strike outs and 15 complete games.
Series vs. Bucknell
Coastal Carolina leads the overall series with Bucknell 11-3. The last time the Chants and Bison have played each other was in 1999 as Coastal pulled out a 7-6 win on March 10.
Scouting James Madison
The Dukes are picked to finished third in the Colonial Athletic Association. They return eight position players who started in at least 20 games last season, including key players Ashley Burnham, Jasmine Butler, Katie Spitzer, and Cara Stecher. Burnham was the CAA 2010 Player of the Year with a .311 batting average, 57 hits and nine homeruns. In conference play, Burnham had a hitting average of .380, four homeruns and 12 RBI. Butler was a first team All-CAA and All-Rookie selection having led the Dukes with a .354 batting average and 17 stolen bases. Against CAA teams, Butler had a .450 batting average and seven steals. Spitzer was a second team All-CAA honoree and led the team with 30 RBI while tying Burnham for most the homeruns at nine. Returning pitcher Stecher finished the 2010 season leading the team with 11 wins, nine complete games, two shutouts, 154 innings pitched, 95 strikeouts and a 3.64 ERA.
Series vs. James Madison
This will be the first meeting between the Dukes and Chanticleers in program history.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, 76 degrees. Saturday: Sunny, 68 degrees. Sunday: Mostly sunny, 65 degrees.
Last Year at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic
At last year’s Kickin’ Chicken Classic, the Chanticleers went 1-3 on the weekend, falling to DePaul 6-1, Canisius 10-1 and Jacksonville 6-0. Coastal picked up its only victory against Eastern Kentucky, winning 13-1.
Newcomers See Action Right Off The Bat
In the first weekend, all the newcomers saw action in at least one game. Junior transfer Chelsea Pineda started all four games at catcher and freshman Tamera Hawkins started every game in left field for the Chants. Freshmen Brooke Donovan and Jessie Winans got the start in the infield, playing second base and shortstop, respectively. Donovan and Hawkins each recorded their first multi-hit game of their collegiate career while Winans, Desiree Zaragoza and Nicole Saggiomo also recorded hits in their first weekend. Freshman pitcher Ashley Bagwell got her first start in the circle in a Coastal uniform, finishing the weekend with a 1-1 record.
Maples Doubles Up at Palmetto State Showdown
Junior Sarah Maples finished the first weekend of the season with two doubles to lead the team. Her first double brought home the eventual game winning run in the top of the eighth against Furman. Her second double ended the Chants 13 inning hitting drought against Winthrop in the first inning.
Chants Opened Season at Palmetto State Showdown
The Chanticleers opened the 2011 season at the Palmetto State Showdown Feb. 11-13. Coastal started the weekend with a 6-4 extra inning win over Furman. Sarah Maples drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning on a double to left field. The Chants went on a two game hitting drought against USC Upstate and South Carolina, falling 8-0 and 5-0. In the final game of tournament for Coastal, Maples ended the hitting drought with a double, but the Chanticleers went on to lose 12-1 to Winthrop as the Eagles scored 11 runs in the first inning.
Maples Selected to All-Tournament Team
Junior Sarah Maples was named to the Palmetto State Showdown All-Tournament team after finishing the weekend with a .333 batting average, four hits, two RBI and two doubles.
The Chanticleers continue their 23-game homestand next weekend as they host the Coastal Carolina Invitational, Feb. 25-27.