Softball Drops Pair at UTA
Arlington, Texas - Coastal Carolina softball made their first trip to Texas Arlington in the history of the program and their first trip was not what they were looking for in two close losses.
Hits were a premium for the Chants in the first game, but CCU did break out on top in the fourth as Timi Tooley beat out a two-out infield hit and Alexis Alvino follows with a double off the wall in left-center field scoring Tooley from first to give the Chants a 1-0 lead.
That lead did not last long as UTA scored on a drop fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Two pitches later Shelbi Sikes hit a two-run home run to give UTA three unearned runs and a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Adriano Toro led off the inning with her third home run of the season to cut the lead to 3-2. The Chants go on to get the next two runners on base with no outs, but could do no other damage.
UTA added another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 4-2, with all four runs coming off the two CCU errors.
CCU did threaten in the seventh scoring another run on two hits and a walk, but left the tying run on third. The Chants ended the game out hitting the Mavs 7-5 and leaving another seven runners on base.
Taty Forbes had two of the Chants eight hits. Toro, Mellen, Smith, Tooley and Alvino added the other hits as CCU out hit the Mavericks 8-5.
Taylor Rahach (12-6) pitched a great game only allowing five hits and no earned runs in going the distance. She had five strikeouts in the loss.
UTA (24-20, 10-10 SBC) started the scoring early in game two scoring a single run on two hits to lead off the game for a quick 1-0 lead, and added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth for a 2-0.
CCU had five hits and left seven runners on base in the loss.
Ashley Guillette (11-8) pitched the second strong game of the day for the Chanticleers (29-18, 7-12 SBC). She pitched a complete game only allowing the two runs (one earned), five hits and striking out nine batters.
Alvino had two hits for CCU with Toro, Smith and Mellen adding the other hits.
The two teams will conclude the weekend series Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.