Softball Ends Season With a Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss to Radford
CONWAY, S.C. The No. 4 Coastal Carolina softball team fell to the No. 3 Radford Highlanders 4-3 in game nine of the 2007 Big South softball championship presented by Aéropostale on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Radford improves to 43-26, while the Lady Chants close out their season at 22-34.
Radford moved one across to take the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jennifer Everhart reached as the catcher dropped the ball on the third strike and moved over to third on a double by Cassie Rhodes. Ashley Taylor was intentionally walked to load the bases. Everhart came home on a wild pitch.
Radford pushed its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third, plating one runner. Taylor led the inning off with a single up the middle. Larissa Williams pinch ran for Taylor and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Himan. Williams moved up to third on a passed ball and scored as Alex Roderick reached on an error. Roderick was thrown out at third on the play.
The Highlanders extended their lead to 4-0 as they moved two across in the bottom of the fifth. Amanda Davidson led the inning off with a walk and moved up to second on a bunt single by Michelle Carlson. Ashley Carlson advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt. Davidson scored on a wild pitch and Michelle Carlson advanced to third. Two batters later, Cassie Rhodes plated Michelle Carlson as she reached on a throwing error by the Coastal pitcher.
Coastal Carolina cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the sixth as Ashley Gerdts connected on a solo home run off the foul pole in left.
Coastal Carolina cut the lead to 4-3, moving two runners across in the bottom of the second but that would be as close as it would get. Trish Kretchman led the inning off with a walk Alicia Irwin came in to pinch run and moved up to second on a single Brittany Birnbaum. Erica Trujillo came in to pinch run for Kretchman and Laicole Walker pinch ran for Birnbaum. Glynn Tolleson brought in Trujillo and Birnbaum with a double to left center.
With the win the Radford will now play the No. 2 Winthrop in the tournament finals at 3:30pm.
QuotesRadford Coach Mickey Dean
What can I say? Those two outs came down to a drill we do at practice. We finished this game. Now we have finish two more.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Jess Dannelly
I hate that we had to lose the game that way. I have to take full credit for the loss today, I made adjustments in the last inning that I should have made much earlier in the game. I am so proud of the way our team played during this tournament and I am truly going to miss this senior class, they were a very special group of girls.