April 29, 2011
COASTAL CAROLINA (20-28) HOSTS GARDNER-WEBB
Date: Saturday, April 30-Sunday, May 1
Times: 1 p.m./ 3 p.m./ 1 p.m.
Place: CCU Softball Field
Live Stats: via www.GoCCUSports.com
TV/Live Video: Sunday, May 1 via The Big South Network
Chants Host Gardner-Webb for Three-Game Series
The Coastal Carolina University softball team (20-28, 4-8 BSC) will host Gardner-Webb for a three-game Big South series April 30-May 1. The Chanticleers will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30 with the first game slated to begin at 1 p.m. The final game of the three-game series will be played on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m.
Gardner-Webb enters this weekend’s series coming off a doubleheader victory over South Carolina State on Wednesday, April 27. The Bulldogs are currently 5-10 in the Big South and rank seventh right behind Coastal. Key players for GWU are freshman Samantha Meenaghan and junior catcher McKenzie Morenus. Meenaghan has a .346 batting average and leads the team with 23 runs, 47 hits and 15 stolen bases. Morenus has a .304 batting average and leads the Runnin’ Bulldogs with ten doubles, four homeruns and 20 RBI. Ace pitchers for Gardner-Webb are junior Cindy Boomhower and freshman Jessica Childers. Boomhower leads the pitchers with a 2.80 ERA, 20 game starts and a .295 opponent batting average while Childers has a 3.42 ERA and leads the Bulldogs with a 9-10 record, nine complete games, 118.2 innings pitched and 93 strikeouts. Childers was also the first Bulldog of the season to grab a Big South Conference honor being named the Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week for games played March 7-13.
Series vs. Gardner-Webb
Currently, the overall series is tied at 9-9 between the Chanticleers and the Runnin’ Bulldogs. The last meeting between the two teams was on May 14, 2010 at the Big South Conference Tournament when Coastal won 6-4.
Saturday: Sunny, 83 degrees. Sunday: Mostly sunny, 85 degrees.
Chants Record 20 Hits Against PC
After averaging five hits in the last 27 games, Coastal Carolina went on a hitting spree recording 20 hits against Presbyterian College April 23. The 20 hits was a season-high for the Chanticleers after registering 13 hits against Winthrop April 9. Coastal has tallied double-digit hits in eight games so far this season.
After being swept in the doubleheader against Presbyterian on April 22, the Chanticleers took it to the Blue Hose winning the third game of the series 14-7. The game included two ties, forcing it to the ninth inning, but that was when the Coastal bats came alive, scoring seven runs in the inning. Ashley Pisone started things off with a single to the shortstop and then stole second. Olivia Williams followed with her first career home run over the left centerfield fence, giving the Chants a two run advantage. Coastal did not stop there as Jessie Winans singled to center with two outs and stole second before Chelsea Pineda doubled to right center, scoring Winans. Jazmin Daigle singled to the shortstop and Sarah Maples reached first on a throwing error at third, sending Pineda home. Michelle Evans doubled to left center, allowing Daigle to score and Pisone brought Maples home on a single through the left side. Williams sent the final run of the inning home on a single, allowing Evans to score for a 14-7 lead.
Williams Hits First Career Home Run
Senior Olivia Williams hit her first career home run against Presbyterian April 23. Her dinger came in the ninth inning with the Chanticleers and Blue Hose tied at 7-all, pushing Coastal ahead at 9-7. The homer started the seven-run scoring spree as the Chants went on to win 14-7.
Home Runs Lift Chants Over Blue Hose
Coastal had home run fever on the final day of the three-game series with Presbyterian, hitting three home runs to score a total of six runs against the Blue Hose. Chelsea Pineda hit her sixth dinger of the season to start things off in the first inning and Jessie Winans put Coastal on top in the eighth inning with a three-run shot. Olivia Williams hit the final two-run homer of the game, the first of her career, to give Coastal the lead in the ninth.
Daigle Finds Sweet Spot
For the last eight games, sophomore Jazmin Daigle has had good hitting performances going 13-for-27 with a .481 batting average. She has recorded multiple hits in all but three games, including going 4-for-5 against Presbyterian College April 23. Daigle went 4-for-9 with one double and one of the two RBI the Chants scored against Radford. Against UNC Wilmington, she registered three RBI after going 4-for-7 at the plate.
Bagwell Set New Career Strikeout Total
Freshman Ashley Bagwell recorded a new strikeout total against Presbyterian College April 23 after retiring 12 batters in 7.0 innings pitched. Previously, her career high was eight against Boston College Feb. 25.
Already this season, Coastal Carolina has scored 142 runs as a team and 42 of those runs have come off the bench from either a pinch runner or pinch hitter. With so much speed on the bench, it means that approximately 30% of the Chanticleers’ runs scored have come from players on the bench. Freshman Courtney Howell leads the pinch runners with 11 runs scored while freshman Brooke Donovan leads the starters with 20 runs scored.
Chants Take Two From UNC Wilmington
After a 0-3 weekend at Radford, Coastal got back in the win column with two victories over UNC Wilmington April 19. The Chants recorded two shutouts, defeating the Seahawks 3-0 in game one and 9-0 in game two. Brooke Donovan, Cacia Pierre and Sarah Maples all recorded two hits in one of the games while Jazmin Daigle went 2-for-3 in both games with at least one RBI.
Edwards Throws Two-Hitter
Senior Katelin Edwards got her first start in the circle against UNC Wilmington since April 6 and threw a two-hitter with both hits coming in the second inning.
Pierre Joins Grand Slam Club
Sophomore Cacia Pierre joined freshman Jessie Winans in the grand slam club this season after hitting a four-run homer down the right field line to end the game after the fifth inning against UNC Wilmington April 19. It was Pierre’s fourth home run and Coastal’s third grand slam of the season.
The Chanticleers close the Big South Conference regular season, hosting Liberty for a three-game series. Coastal will play the Flames in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7 and finish the series on Sunday, May 8.