Coastal Set To Host Chanticleer Showdown
After picking up wins against Lafayette, Rider, Robert Morris and UConn last weekend, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers improved to 9-2 by the end of the Battle at the Beach but turn their sights this weekend to the Chanticleer Showdown that features the Pittsburgh Panthers, Saint Joseph's Hawks and the Georgetown Hoyas.
Freshman Kaitlin Beasley-Polko was named Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week as she went 2-1 (3 complete games) with a 0.41 ERA. Against Kent State the freshman racked up 14 strikeouts (second most in school history) on no earned runs in a 1-0 loss. She came back the following day to pick up a win, Robert Morris, 14-0 in a five-inning complete game with 10 strikeouts.
Sophomore Mackenzie Budinger hit .545 last week, with 3 home runs, two doubles, a single and ten RBI. Against Lafayette, Budinger went 3-for-3, three homers, seven RBI which are both bests in school history.
Anna Brooks Pacha pitched the Hoyas to their only win last weekend against Michigan State as the sophomore threw nine innings, allowed three hits while striking out seven.
Senior Savannah Jones leads Georgetown in hitting with a .375 average and is the only player that has reached double-digit hits (12) in their first nine games of the season.
After losing to Wisconsin and Illinois in the first two games of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge, the Panthers rebounded and defeated the two the next day.
On the second day of the challenge, junior Gabrielle Fredericks had a day for the Panthers, tallying a career-high four RBI after going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the opening inning of play. Fredericks had all but one of Pitt's RBI in the first game and came back with two in game two.
Through nine games, the Panthers have four players who have hit over .300 on the season; Alexis Solak (.345), Giorgiana Zeremenko (.333), Marissa DeMatteo (.333), Fredericks (.321).
The Hawks come in to this weekend after picking up their first two wins of the season in the East Carolina Pirate Clash in bookend fashion against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County by the scores of 10-6 and 7-2.
Taryn Grober leads the team in hitting with a .462 average with six hits in 13 at-bats, while three others have hit over .300 or better; Molly Kapala (.357), Stacey Mayer (.357), Taylor Marinelli (.300).
Madison Clarke leads the Hawks pitching staff with a 1.91 ERA in two appearances as the senior has a 1-1 record so far in 2018.
The Chants' portion of the Chanticleer Showdown is set to start on Friday at 2:30 p.m. as they host the Hoyas and to follow up with action against Saint Joseph's at 5:00 p.m.
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