Coastal Drops Two On Saturday In Arizona
Tempe, Ariz. - Coastal Carolina fell in both games of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon against the New Mexico State Aggies and Arizona State Sun Devils at Farrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State.
In game one, Stavi Augur started things off for Coastal in the top first with a double to left field and then two batters later Kass Smith singled in the freshman third baseman for the 1-0 lead. Chants starter Kaitlin Beasley Polko allowed two runs in the bottom first as she allowed a lead-off homer Kelsey Horton and then doubles by Rachel Rodriquez and Nikki Butler second and final run of the inning.
The Aggies chased the Chants starter in the bottom of the second as the picked five but on just one New Mexico State hit. Beasley-Polko was able to retire the first two out of the three batters. Aggie batter Fahren Glacken hit the ball at Chants' shortstop Alexis Alvino but the junior infielder attempted to get the lead runner, Rachel Rodriguez who walked earlier in the inning, but the ball was muffed by Chant second baseman Taylor Sweigart, allowing Rodriguez to come around to score the first of the five runs and take a 5-1 lead after two innings of play.
New Mexico State picked up two more runs in the third and fourth runs to make it a 11-1 lead after the fifth, but Coastal was able to scratch together a run in their final at-bat as Courtney Dean tripled down the right field line. The pinch runner Rebecca Lopes came home to score on a strikeout wild pitch.
In game two, the Chanticleers fell to the Sun Devils, 8-0 as Arizona State starter Giselle Juarez had a no-hitter through five innings until senior leftfielder Kailey Mellen was able to double down the right field line with one out in the top of the sixth.
Juarez ended with a six-inning complete game victory as the lefty allowed just one hit while striking out 13 batters.
Chanticleer starter Ashley Guillette took the loss even though the junior pitched well in defeat. The righty pitched four innings, gave up four runs, allowing just two hits and striking out five Sun Devil batters.
Arizona State had three batters who had two hits or piece and two or more runs batted in; Kindra Hackbarth, Danielle Gibson, Nicole Chilson.
The Chanticleers end the Arizona State Tournament tomorrow at 12 noon eastern with the rubber match with the New Mexico State Aggies.