COASTAL CAROLINA TO PLAY THREE GAMES THIS WEEK, HOST GARDNER-WEBB IN WEEKEND SERIES: The Chanticleers will play a trio of contests this week, as the squad will travel to Wilmington, North Carolina on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup with the Seahawks. On the weekend, the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs will travel to Conway for a weekend series with the Chanticleers. Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at 2p.m., followed by a single-game on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
CHANTICLEERS GO 1-1 AGAINST CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: The Chants split with the Lady Bucs in the March 25 doubleheader. Game one saw the Chants drop a 5-2 decision at the hands of Charleston Southern, who used a three-run fourth inning to propel themselves to the win. In game two, Coastal Carolina defeated CSU 4-3, as pitcher Ashley Frederick worked her way out of a one out, seventh-inning jam with the winning run on first base with one out to secure the victory.
FREDERICK FANS CAREER-HIGH 11 IN 4-3 VICTORY: Junior pitcher Ashley Frederick had a unique game in game two of the March 25 doubleheader against Charleston Southern. She struck out a career-best 11 batters in the complete game effort, including striking out the side in the second inning. Her dominance failed to wane in the later innings, as she fanned the final two Lady Bucs she faced in the contest to help nail down the victory. She also found herself batting in the contest out of the nine hole for the first time in her Coastal Carolina career, going 0-for-3. Previously in her career, Frederick had only two plate appearances in her first two seasons in teal and black.
EVANS PROVIDES OFFENSIVE PUNCH, BLASTS PAIR OF HOME RUNS IN DOUBLEHEADER: Sophomore Michelle Evans hit her first home runs of the season in the twinbill against Charleston Southern, the first being a solo shot in game one. In game two, the California native hit a three run blast in the 4-3 victory. On the day, Evans drove in four of the six runs that the Chanticleers scored in the pair of contests, giving her a team leading .325 batting average and extended her team-high hitting streak to five games.
SCOUTING THIS WEEKEND’S OPPONENTS:
UNC WILMINGTON: The Seahawks enter Wednesday’s matchup with an overall record of 4-22, and are 2-6 in their last eight games. At the plate, the Seahawks are paced by Ashley Singleton, who is batting .318 on the season and Carley Hughes who leads the team in RBI with 10. Amanda Davenport is the top UNCW hurler with a 2.76 ERA. Coastal Carolina leads the all-time series with UNCW 53-19, including a pair of wins last season 12-4 and 4-3.
GARDNER-WEBB: The Runnin’ Bulldogs will travel to Presbyterian on Wednesday for a twinbill with the Blue Hose starting at 2 p.m. Gardner-Webb was swept in a weekend series by Radford, where they were outscored by a 30-15 margin in the three games. In their last eight games, Gardner-Webb is 2-6. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are led offensively by sluggers Christa Fullwood (.453, 3 HR, 20 RBI) whose .453 batting average ranks second in the Big South, and Melody Harrell (.352, 4 HR, 17 RBI). In the circle, Cindy Boomhower boasts the top ERA in the Big South (1.84). Overall, she is 4-2 on the season with 32 strikeouts in 38 innings. Chrstine Murray will also see action in the doubleheader, as she is 4-11 with a 3.56 ERA and has fanned 93 batters in 90.1 innings. Coastal Carolina leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 5-3. In the most recent meetings between the two squads, The Bulldogs swept the Chants 5-3 and 4-3 in 2008.