CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina softball team opened a three-game series with Birmingham-Southern on Saturday, April 21. Coastal fell in the first with a score of 2-1, but won the second 9-6 with back-to-back home runs from Glynn Tolleson and Allison Cantrell.
In the second game Coastal (16-30, 5-6 BSC) tied the score at one when Kristina Sheppard (Galveston, Texas/Ball) hit her first of two home runs in the second inning.
The Panthers (22-26, 4-7 BSC) plated three runs in the top of the third off four hits giving them a 4-1 advantage before second half of the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Alicia Irwin (Salina, Kan./Salina South) led off with a single through the left side. Danyelle Gerdts (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) reached on a fielders choice, stole second and advanced to third on a single from Glynn Tolleson (Tomball, Texas/Tomball). Allison Cantrell (McDonough , Ga/Eagles Landing) then plated two runs with a single to right center. Sheppard then hit her second homer of the day over the center field fence that scored Cantrell and gave the Chants a 5-4 lead. Sheppard finished the game going 2-for-3 with home runs in back-to-back innings.
In the fifth, Tolleson and Cantrell hit back-to-back home runs with two outs and went on top 7-4. Tolleson was 2-for-4 at the plate in game two.
Coastal added two more in the sixth off an illegal pitch from BSCs pitcher Raquel Sanfiel and an RBI single from Cantrell making it 9-4. Cantrell went 3-for-4 in the game with one homerun and a stolen base.
The CCU defense allowed two BSC runs in the seventh, but held on for the 9-6 win over the Panthers.
Getting the win in the circle for Coastal was Danyelle Gerdts who threw in 6-1 innings and recorded three strikeouts.
In game one, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning off an RBI single from Danielle Honore`.
Kimberly Cillis (Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia) hit her fifth home run of the year over the left field fence in the sixth and tied that game at one.
Birmingham Southern took a 2-1 lead that held in the seventh off an RBI single from Kayla Backlund who finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
Ashley and Danyelle Gerdts both went 2-for-3 in the game.
Freshman Ashley Frederick (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) threw in all seven innings struck out four.
Both team will be back in action on Sunday, April 22 for game three in the series starting at 1 p.m.