GREENVILLE, N.C. Coastal Carolinas softball team (17-17) dropped both of its games on the second day of the ECU Classic to Kent State, 10-0 and Penn State, 4-2 on Saturday March 25 at ECU Softball Field. Coastal has now won 16 of the last 21 games.
Senior Meagen Johnson (Georgetown, S.C./Georgetown (Furman)) pitched well in defeat for Coastal going all eight innings only allowing two earned runs while fanning six.
The second game was scoreless for the first three and half innings, as CCU right-hander Johnson and Penn State hurler Ashley Esparaza were locked in a solid pitcher's duel. Johnson gave Coastal a 1-0 lead as she led off the fourth with a blast to right center field. It was her seventh home run of the season and second of the tournament.
The score remained 1-0 until the seventh inning when Penn State tallied a pair of runs. Meghan Wolf started the frame with a double down the left field line. A walk to Jen Acunto put runners on first and second. A single by Hollee Haines loaded the bases with no one out. The Nittany Lions tied the game on an error by the CCU left fielder that scored Wolf. Acunto gave PSU the lead on the one-out single from Jen Reynolds.
CCU tied the game at two all in the bottom of the frame as sophomore Ashley Gerdts (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) hammered her fifth home run of the season to lead off the inning.
The game went to extra innings with Katie Stauffer being placed on second due to the international tie breaker. Stauffer advanced to third on the sacrifice bunt and came in to score on the home run to left field from shortstop Jen Acunto.
Senior Missy Beseres was the game two winner for Penn State, as she went two scoreless inninga with six punch outs.
Junior Kent State hurdler Brittany Robinson was the story of the first game as she threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
The Golden Flashes struck first with two runs in the first inning. Kim Hamilton walked to start the inning and went to second on the wild pitch; she came in to score on the error by the CCU second baseman off a ball hit by Jessica Toocheck to give Kent State the 1-0 lead. Toocheck came in to score the second run on a loping single hit just over the head of Ashley Gerdts at shortstop.
KSU added four more runs to the lead in the second. Robinson started the trouble with a single to third, she moved to second on the walk to Jessica Kramb. Both Robinson and Kramb came into score on the home run to left center by Hamilton. Toocheck followed with a blast of her own to right center field to make the score 6-0.
Kent State added another run in the sixth inning, as the one-out fielders choice by Whitney Lebowitz allowed her to reach first. She came all the way in to score from first on the two-out double from Megan Verde for the seventh run of the game. KSU scored three more runs in the seventh with the key hit being the two-run pinch hit home run from Chelsey Jones.
Junior Danyelle Gerdts (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) (3-5) was the game one loser for Coastal, as she started and went an inning and a third, giving up four runs, three earned with two walks and two strikeouts.
Coastal wraps up its play in the ECU Classic Tournament with a game against Buffalo at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 26.