Game one saw freshman Ivy McCranie (
In the fourth inning, Coastal Carolina added three insurance runs. Sparkplug Mecaela Ballard (
Maples would lead off the Coastal Carolina half of the six with a single that found the hole between shortstop and third base. After Evans popped out to the catcher, Snellings singled to right for her third hit of the day to put runners on first and second. A batter later, Pisone singled to right left field to drive in Snellings, stretching the Chanticleer lead to the game's final tally of 8-0.
Red Fox (1-2) batter Megan Lamourex broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the fourth inning on a single up the middle. Caitlin Carpentier fell to 1-1 on the season with the loss after throwing six innings, and allowing five earned runs and 13 hits in the 8-0 loss.
For the Chants, the heart of the order went a combined 8-for-10 at the dish, as Maples was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a RBI, Evans was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Snellings was 3-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Pisone gave Coastal Carolina punch at the bottom of the order, as she was 2-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate.
In game two against the Catamounts, Ballard started the Chanticleer half of the first off with a bunt single, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the third baseman. After a Birnbaum pop-out, Maples singled up the middle to drive in Ballard for the first run of the contest and give Coastal Carolina the early 1-0 lead.
From then on, the game-settled into a pitcher's dual in the middle innings, as starter Katelin Edwards (Greer, S.C./Newberry) threw 3.2 innings of no-hit ball to start off the contest. After surrendering the run in the first, Catamount pitcher Jocelyn Abaray settled down, not allowing another hit until the fourth inning.
In the sixth inning, Ballard reached on yet another infield single, and advanced to second on a Catamount throwing error, Next to the plate was Birnbaum, who promptly doubled to center to drive in Ballard to run the tally to 2-0.
In the seventh, Evans led off with a double, and Snellings reached on the fourth Catamount error of the day, moving Evans to third. Pinch-hitter Olivia Williams (Whiteville, N.C/Greensboro College) pushed across a run on a safety squeeze to give Coastal Carolina the 3-0 lead. The Chants would add two more runs on the inning to extend their lead to 5-0, the latter coming on a Tornatore sacrifice fly to the centerfielder.
The Catamounts (0-3) could never mount a rally, as they could only put two runners on base in the seventh inning.
Edwards improves to 2-8 on the season with the complete-game shutout victory. The Greer, S.C. native fanned 11 Catamounts without surrendering a walk.
Today's victories mark the first time this year the Chants have won back-to-back games. Today's shutout victories also mark the first time since 2007 against Charleston Southern that Coastal Carolina has won back-to-back games via a shutout.
The Chanticleers will next be in action on day three of the JU Invitational Sunday at 11:45 am against the Jacksonville Dolphins, weather permitting.