Hayden, Quolas Sweep Conference Honors
Feb. 17, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina University's Kory Hayden was named Big South Conference Softball Player of the Week, while teammate Kiana Quolas garnered her second straight Pitcher of the Week award, the league announced on Monday.
Hayden homered in three of Coastal's four games and drove in nine runs, while Quolas had two complete-game victories to lead the Chanticleers to a 3-1 record in the Kickin' Chicken Classic.
Hayden earned her second career weekly honor after hitting two-run homers in each of the Chants' games against Purdue on Friday, followed by a three-run shot in Saturday's victory over Towson. The junior third baseman added an RBI double versus Purdue and finished the tournament with a .385 average and a 1.154 slugging percentage.
For the season, Hayden leads the Big South with five home runs, 12 RBIs and a 1.263 slugging percentage. She ranks fourth with a .421 average and is fifth with six runs scored. With 35 career home runs, she is two away from tying Sarah Lockett for second place in CCU history and nine from Holly Lee's all-time record.
Quolas went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA over 14 innings in her two appearances in the tournament. She tossed a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks in the win over Purdue on Friday. Against Towson on Saturday, she allowed just one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts and only one walk.
The junior hurler is now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four appearances this season. She has 19 strikeouts, three walks and is holding opponents to a .177 batting average. With three compete games in 2014, the righthander has 52 for her career, which moves into sixth place in the CCU record book.
Quolas now has 11 career Big South weekly pitching honors and, along with Hayden, swept the conference's awards for the second time.
Coastal (5-1) hits the road for the first time this season it travels to Gainesville, Fla., for the Lipton Invitational. The Chants will face Georgia Southern and Indiana on Friday, play two more games on Saturday and then cap off the tournament with a matchup against Florida, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in one poll.