March 6, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball team returns to the field Thursday as it hosts Georgetown at 2 p.m. to begin the Chanticleer Challenge, its final home tournament of the 2013 season.
James Madison and Middle Tennessee State join the Chanticleers and Hoyas in the tournament and will play the first of three games scheduled for Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Middle Tennessee and Georgetown meet in the second game at 11:30, followed by James Madison and Georgetown at 1:30 p.m.
Coastal (9-10) resumes play in the tournament on Saturday with games against Middle Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. and Georgetown at 4:30 p.m. The tournament concludes Sunday with the Chants facing James Madison at 10 a.m. and Middle Tennessee at 12 p.m.
CCU has won seven of its nine home games over the last two weekends. Kiana Quolas has not allowed a run in 23 innings and lowered her ERA for the season to 1.90. Kory Hayden is on a seven-game hitting streak and leads the team with six home runs and 14 RBIs. The Chants have totaled 20 home runs from eight different players and now have four members hitting over .300 for the season.
Georgetown (3-13) lost 10 of its first 11 games before going 2-3 last weekend at the Disney Citrus Classic, notching victories over Fairfield and Boston College.
James Madison (9-6) is led by former Radford coach Mickey Dean and was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association. After winning seven of their first nine games, the Dukes went 2-3 at the Disney Classic last weekend, with two of the losses coming to nationally-ranked Michigan and Oregon. Sophomore pitcher Heather Kiefer was the CAA Rookie of the Year last season.
Middle Tennessee State was 0-13 entering a Wednesday doubleheader with Troy. The Blue Raiders have a brand new coaching staff and feature nine freshman and six sophomores on their roster.