April 15, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University softball team closes out its home regular-season schedule this week with four games, beginning with another matchup against Charleston Southern Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The Chanticleers then host Longwood in a three-game battle for first place in the Big South Conference on Friday and Saturday. The teams, which are currently tied in the loss column in the league with three apiece, will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 4 p.m. and then finish the series Saturday at 1 p.m., as Coastal celebrates Senior Day.
The Chants (29-13, 11-3) swept a doubleheader against Charleston Southern (20-28-1, 6-10 BSC) at home last week with 2-1 and 3-0 victories. The Buccaneers broke an eight-game losing streak with an 8-0 win over Radford on Sunday.
Coastal heads into Wednesday's game with a 1.39 team ERA, which is now fourth-best in the nation in the latest NCAA rankings. Kiana Quolas ranks eighth individually at 0.96. In conference play, Quolas and Ashley Bagwell stand first and second in the league in ERA at 1.05 and 1.29, respectively.
Offensively, Amanda Daneker hit .529 (9 for 17) last week and is on a seven-game hitting streak. In 14 Big South games, she leads the team with a .475 average, is second with 14 RBIs and shares third with four home runs. For the season, Kory Hayden shares the top spot in the league with 15 homers and is first with 47 RBIs, while Bri Chiusano has upped her conference-best run and stolen bases totals to 44 and 37.
While Coastal leads the Big South in pitching, Longwood is the conference's top hitting team with a .315 average. Megan Baltzell ranks first in the league in batting, slugging, on-base percentage and total bases.