CONWAY, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina University softball team was in action today March 10, dropping a pair of games to the Monmouth Hawks. The Chants fell 8-1 in the opener and 6-4 in the nightcap.
In game one, the Chanticleers could only muster three hits, as Monmouth pitcher Kristine Sawlsville struck out 11 batters and allowed three hits in the complete-game effort.
Coastal Carolina (5-11) fell behind early, as starter Katelin Edwards (Greer, S.C./Byrnes) surrendered a three-run homer off the bat of Jessica deLong to put the Chants behind the eight-ball 3-0.
In the fifth, Kelsey Riffel (
With the loss, Edwards fell to 3-9 on the season after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings. Ashley Frederick (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) relieved Edwards in the second with one out, and struck out four batters on five hits in 4.1 innings.
With the win, Sawsville improves to 2-2 on the season. Along with deLong, Monmouth was led offensively by four players that had two hits apiece.
In game two, the Chanticleers (5-12) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, as Bailey, Michelle Evans (
The lead was quickly compromised in the Monmouth half of the second, as starter Ivy McCranie (Nashville, Ga./Berrien) surrendered Alexa Ferrara a three-run home run to centerfield to knot the game at 3-3.
deLong would give the Hawks (5-2) a 4-3 advantage in the away half of the third, as she blasted her second home run of the day. This time it was of the solo variety that sailed over the left field fence.
Monmouth would pull ahead for good in the fifth inning after
McCranie (1-1) takes the loss after tossing 4.1 innings and giving up four earned runs on seven hits.
Monmouth hurler Melissa Mehrer improves to 2-0 with the win, after throwing a complete game seven hitter, scattering four hits.
The Chanticleers will have a quick turnaround, as it hosts the USC Upstate Spartans tomorrow, Wed. March 11 in a doubleheader that begins at from Coastal Carolina Softball Field.