In the second inning of game one, freshman Stacy Snellings (Richmond, Va./ Godwin) earned the first hit of the ballgame for the Chants, on a triple down the right field line, but was stranded after a Michelle Evans (
The Saints (7-17) threatened in the third inning with runners of first and second with one out, but starter Ivy McCranie (Nashville, Ga./Berrien) was able to work out of the jam forcing fly outs to shortstop and left field.
In the Limestone fourth, Kayla Hamahlainen reached base on an infield single, and advanced to second on a McCranie wild pitch. The freshman would bounce back nicely, earned three-straight outs and capped it off with a strikeout of Felicia Fritz.
Sarah Maples (
Limestone scored the only run of the contest in the fifth, as Saint batter Jordan Smith hit a two out double. The double was promptly followed by a Christina Woolgar RBI single for the first, and only run of the ballgame, giving the Saints the 1-0 lead.
Ashley Pisone (
With one out in the sixth, Snellings doubled down the right field line to put the tying run on second base with Riffel at the dish. The senior would draw a walk to bring up Evans who singled to centerfield to load the bases for Tornatore. The junior would fly out to left field to bring up Pisone, who struck out to end the Chanticleer threat.
Ashley Frederick (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) relieved McCranie in the seventh and retired the side in order.
After Dodd popped out to center, pinch hitter Olivia Williams (Whiteville, N.C./Greensboro) singled to left center. Mecaela Ballard (
McCranie (1-2) made her third start of the season for Coastal Carolina, and took the loss after allowing one run on eight hits in six innings of work.
Kristy Witten threw a complete game, six hitter to improve to 5-6 on the season, striking out six Chants along the way.
Snellings was 2-for-3 at the plate, while four other Chanticleers had a hit apiece. Woolgar had two hits in the win for Limestone.
In the Limestone half of the fourth, Woolgar reached on an error by Riffel, and Kuykendall followed up with a single to put runners on first and second with none out.
Frederick (3-4) would settle down with the two run cushion, going on to retire 12 of the next 13 batters she faced, four via strikeout, to pick up her third victory of the year. She allowed five hits and struck out six in the complete game shutout.
Limestone pitcher Emily Wallace drops to 1-11 on the season in the loss. She allowed two runs on eight hits in four innings of work in the losing effort.
The Chants will next be in action Fri., March 20 in the 2009 Big South Conference opener against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. The single game is slated for a first pitch.