The game started off as a pitchers dual for the first two innings, as Presbyterian managed a lone hit off of Coastal Carolina starter Ivy McCranie (
PC looked to answer back in the home half of the third, after Erin Stewart walked to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Becca Caldwell stole second base two pitches later, but McCranie used a groundout and a pair of pop outs to get out of the jam and preserve the 1-0 lead.
A critical juncture of the contest for both teams came in the bottom of the fourth. McCranie fanned Katie Anderson. Hensey followed with a single to left. The next batter Rachel Parker walked. Krysten Handy then singled to short to load the bases for the Blue Hose with one dead. The freshman then dug deep, forcing the next two Blue Hose to pop out to end the inning with the bases chucked.
The Chanticleers were in business again in the fifth, as Birnbaum lead off the inning with a double to left center, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Stacy Snellings (
The Chants tacked on an insurance run in the seventh, as Snellings reached on a walk. Pinch runner Brittany Bailey (
McCranie improves to 3-5 on the season with the win. The freshman fanned a career-high eight Blue Hose batters in the complete game shutout of the Blue Hose. Hensley falls to 10-7 in the loss. She allowed five runs, three earned, on five Chanticleer hits and struck out seven.
Five Chanticleers had hits in game one, white six hitters had base knocks for Presbyterian.
In game two, Coastal Carolina got on the board first in the third inning. Riffel led off with single, and was moved to second by a Ashley Pisone (
The lead was short lived, as Presbyterian answered right back in the bottom half of the frame. Amanda Miller lead off the inning, belting the Ashley Frederick (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) offering over the left centerfield fence to knot the contest at 1-1.
Game two was another battle between pitchers. Through the first six innings, the two sides combined for only four hits, as three belonged to PC and one to the Chanticleers.
With one out in seventh, Morgan Dodd (
With nothing doing in the Presbyterian seventh, the game entered extra innings. With Tornatore starting out on second base due to the international tie-break rule, Gordon fanned Kelsey Riffel (
In the home half of the eighth, Miller put down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to push Handy to third. With two down, Howell, smacked a shot toward left field. The Maples went deep into the hole to stop the ball, but Howell rushed to first base while Handy crossed home plate, ending the game.
The teams return to action tomorrow at for game three of the series.