NCAA Regional History:
Coastal made its fourth appearance in NCAA regionals and its first in Athens, Ga. from May 19-20. The Lady Chants fell to Super Regional-bound Florida State 7-2 and Georgia Southern 2-1 in eight innings. In 2001, CCU went to Los Angeles, Calif. where it lost to UCLA 8-0 and bowed out of the tournament with a 6-4 loss to Fresno State. The Lady Chants made it to the championship game in 2000, defeating Florida Atlantic 4-2 and Penn State 3-1. CCU fell in the championship game to Arizona State 2-1. Coastal lost both of its game in the 1998 Lincoln Regional to Nebraska and Oregon.
Johnson Selected to Eastons All-American Team:
Coastal Carolina senior softball player Meagen Johnson has been selected to the 2006 Easton-Bell Sports Third Team All-American, Easton announced, June 8. Johnson was one of 57 players from 29 teams nationally to be named to Easton's All-American teams this season. The awards are given to those players and schools sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports and All-American consideration is based on individual performances throughout the year
Johnson a First Team Academic All-American:
Coastal Carolina senior softball player Meagen Johnson has been selected to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American University Softball team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced, May 31. She was named as a utility/designated player. Johnson is the 15th Coastal athlete and the fourth softball player to be named an Academic All-American.
The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team is part of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American program. The academic team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools around the country. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or an important reserve with a minimum grade point average of 3.20. Team members are selected by a vote of members of College Sports Information Directors of America on the national ballot after first being selected as a First Team members in each of the seven districts.
Johnson Named to the NFCAs SoutheasternRegion First Team:
Coastal Carolinas Meagen Johnson was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Associations Southeastern Region First Team as utility player, the organization announced, May 17.
Johnson is the reigning Big South Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also earned First Team honors as a designated player.
She helped lead Coastal to its first berth in the NCAA Softball Tournament since 2001 and its first regular season title since 2003.
A Tough Regular Season Schedule:
The Lady Chants faced off in the regular season against 11 teams (North Carolina, Kent State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State, North Carolina State, California, Illinois State, Penn State) that made the 2006 NCAA Softball Championship.
Among the Nations Best:
Senior Meagen Johnson finished her season tied for third nationally in home runs per game with her 20 home runs on the year. She was also among the best in the country in slugging percentage (.894) and RBI per game (1.01).
Redshirt junior Christine Doyle also finished among the nationally leaders in saves with three. Junior Danyelle Gerdts was 22nd in triples per game.
Moving on Up:
With its win over Radford on May 13, Coastal won its 38th game of the season, which is tied for the third most in school history.
Softball Wins the Big South Conference Championship:
CCUs softball used a dramatic eighth-inning, three-run home run off the bat of sophomore Ashley Gerdts to defeat Radford 5-3 and win the Aeropostale Big South Conference title for the fifth time and first time since 2001.
Four Lady Chants Named to All-Tournament Team:
Coastal Carolina had four players selected to the All-Big South Tournament team, May 13. Redshirt junior pitcher Christine Doyle was a member of the squad and was named the MVP. In the three game tournament, Doyle was 3-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average and only allowed six hits with 10 strikeouts with no walks in 18 innings from the circle. Joining Doyle on the All-Tournament team was seniors Kelly Feely, Sara Hostetler and redshirt junior Glynn Tolleson. Hostetler was 4-for-10 in the tournament with two game-winning RBI. Feely hit .286 and was tied for team-best with three RBI. Tolleson hit .333 and handled a pitching staff with a team ERA of 0.64.
Johnson Named First Team Academic All-District; Doyle Selected to Second Team:
The Coastal Carolina University softball team had two players selected to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Softball team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced, May 11. Senior Meagen Johnson was selected to the first team, while redshirt junior Christine Doyle was named to the second team.
Johnson, had a 3.86 grade-point average in history, was named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a member of the All-Academic team, May 11. As a member of the First Team, Johnson will go on to the national ballot with the possibility of being an Academic All-American. Doyle, had a 3.79 grade-point average in mathematics, earned All-Big South First Team honors as pitcher on May 11.
Softball Takes Three Top Big South Awards:
The Coastal Carolina University softball team had six players selected to the All-Big South First and Second Teams and had the Big South Player of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year, the conference office announced at the softball tournament banquet before the start of the 2006 Aeropostale Big South Softball Tournament, May 10.
Senior Meagen Johnson was named the Big South Softball Player of the Year. She was the seventh Coastal softball player to win the award and fourth in the last six years. She also earned First Team Honors as a designated player. Johnson was also honored by the league as the 2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year with cumulative grade-point average of 3.86 in history.
Coastal head coach Jess Dannelly earned Coach of the Year honors for the seventh time in his career. He guided the Lady Chanticleers to a 35-20 regular-season record and a 10-2 Big South record, winning the regular season championship for the seventh time in school history. Dannelly earned Coach of the Year honors in 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Coastal had three more first team members and two second-team honorees. Senior Sara Hostetler, senior Kelly Feely and redshirt junior Christine Doyle were first team selections, while junior Danyelle Gerdts and junior Kristina Sheppard were named to the second team.
Softball Earns Regular Season Title:
The Lady Chants swept both game over Winthrop on May 8 to win the Big South Regular Season title for the seventh time and first time since 2003.
Johnson Named Big South Player of the Week:
Senior Meagen Johnson was named the Big South Conferences Choice Hotels Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league office announced this afternoon.
Johnson had a great game against the Liberty Flames as she went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBI, two runs scored and two home runs. Johnson has perfect batting average for the week to go along with a 4.000 slugging percentage. Johnsons two home runs allowed her to set CCUs all-time single season home run record at 17. Johnsons first home run of the afternoon was a dramatic solo blast that doubled Coastals lead while her second home run gave the Lady Chanticleers an insurance run in the sixth in an important 5-0 victory over the Flames.
This was the third time that Johnson had been named the Player of the Week. Overall its the eighth time this year that a Coastal softball player has been honored by the league office for her accomplishments on the field.
Johnson Sets New Home Run Mark:
Senior Meagen Johnson set a new CCU record for home runs in a season with her two home runs against Liberty on May 6. Johnson continued to add to her own record with three more home runs against Winthrop on May 8. The CCU designated player blasted 20 home runs this season to shattered the old mark of 15.
Kretchman Named to the NCAA Leadership Conference:
Junior Trish Kretchman was selected by the NCAA to represent Coastal at the upcoming 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference from May 28-June 1 at Disney's Yacht Beach Resort Club in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
This is the 10th annual NCAA Leadership Conference. Since the first conference in 1997, over 2,700 student-athletes have participated in this event. Kretchman is one of 352 student-athletes invited nationally to participate in this year's conference.
Besides being a member of the school's Dean's List, Kretchman has served on variety of leadership positions in her first three years at Coastal. Among the positions she has held are Vice President of the CCU's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Chair of both the Welcome Back Dinner and The Player's Ball-Making Miracles Happen (A SAAC run benefit).
Close to Perfection:
Junior Kimberly Cillis was steady at first base this season. She sported a .997 fielding percentage with 371 putouts and 19 assists with only one error.
She Held the Key:
Over the last four years, nobody controled the fortunes of Coastal more than senior third baseman Sara Hostetler. In wins over the last four years, she hit a scalding .338 average with six home runs and 61 RBI. In comparison, in the losses, Hostetlers batting average was .174 with a home run and 12 runs batted in.
Right at Home Even When Were Not:
Senior Meagen Johnson did hit exceptionally well on the road and in neutral site games this season. She had a combined batting average of .392 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI when CCU is away from home.
Day Time Players:
Senior Meagen Johnson and sophomore Ashley Gerdts both hit well in the day light this season. Johnson had the highest batting average on the team at .387 and the most runs-batted-in with 42, while in day games Gerdts was second on team with eight home runs.
Stingy During the Day:
This season, redshirt junior pitcher Christine Doyle was been quite stingy during the day. During day games, she had a 16-6 record with a 1.17 ERA in 131.2 innings of work.
A Great Return:
After missing most of the last two seasons with injuries, redshirt junior Christine Doyle had a strong second half of the season. In her last nine weeks, covering 30 appearances, Doyle threw 155 innings and compiled a 0.99 ERA with 20 wins, 121 strikeouts and a .186 opponents batting average.
Johnsons Finished Conference Leaders:
Senior Meagen Johnson finished among the Big South Conference leaders in numerous offensive categories. She led the conference in slugging percentage (.894) and walks (35) and is second in the conference in runs-batted-in (56), home run (20), and on base percentage (.511). Johnson was third in batting average (.390) and total bases (124).
Junior centerfielder Danyelle Gerdts tied for the lead in the conference in triples (5) and was sixth in runs scored (34).
A Circle Master:
Redshirt junior Christine Doyle led the Big South in saves (3), ERA (1.29), opponents batting average (.194) and tied for the lead in wins (20).
Kind of a Big Deal:
Coastal led the Big South Conference in walks (168) and sacrifice flies (12). The Lady Chants were second in home runs (58), doubles (72), triples (9), slugging percentage (.424) and runs scored (253).
From the circle, the Lady Chants were also among the conference leaders. The team finished second in the Big South with an ERA of 1.99. CCU placed third in strikeouts (340), wins (38) and innings pitched (402).
In the field CCU excelled with the best fielding percentage in the conference (.970).
Pinch Hitter Extraordinary:
Senior Brittany Nelson filled the role of pinch hitter very effectively this season. She hit .300 and has three hits in her 10 times to the plate.
Junior Kristina Sheppard made multiple starts at four positions this season. Sheppard started at third, second, left and centerfield this season.
A Balanced Attack:
Coastal proved to have a balanced offensive attack this year. Eleven different Chanticleers drove in multiple runs in a game this season. Senior Meagen Johnson had a team-best 56 RBI while senior Kelly Feely drove in 34 runs and junior Kristina Sheppard had 29 RBI.
Senior Kelly Feely finished second on the team with 34 RBI. However, of her 34 runs driven in, 21 came when there were two outs in an inning. Junior Kristina Sheppard was almost as impressive with 18 two-out RBI.
When runners are on, no batter in the CCU lineup was more dangerous than senior Meagen Johnson. Johnson batted .489 (23-for-47) this season when runners were in scoring position.
The Strikeout Queen:
Redshirt junior Christine Doyle was the strikeout queen this season for Coastal. In 179.2 innings covering 38 appearances Doyle had a team-best 141 strikeouts.
A Dual Threat:
Redshirt junior Christine Doyle with her two saves against Elon on April 11 had three saves this season, which tied her for the third most ever by a Coastal hurdler in a single season.
Its a Long Drive:
Coastal showned great power from majority of the lineup this season. On the year, nine different Lady Chants hit home runs in 39 games. That means CCU hit a home run in 65 percent of its games this year. In comparison, last years squad homered in 30 percent of its games.
A Record Number:
CCU set the all-time school record for home runs in a season of 58 this year. The old record was 37 by the 2000 team.
The Lady Chants scored 253 runs this season, 101 more than last years team.
Leading off the Right Way:
As a leadoff batter senior Sara Hostetler excelled this year. She hit .315 with two home runs, 16 RBI and an slugging percentage of .441. Coastal also went 30-10 in games in which Hostetler led off.
We Got Ya Late:
Coastal showed great fight and determination in the latter stages of games this season. From the sixth inning on, CCU outscored its opponents 67-32.
There were several keys to Coastal winning 37 of its last 47 games. CCU has had a strong offense that walked 149 times and averaged just under five runs a game. The Lady Chants pitching staff also played a part as the group only yielded 68 earned runs in 321 innings from the circle.
An Amazing Number:
CCUs pitching staff only yielded nine home runs and 71 total extra-base hits, in comparison the CCU offense has 58 home runs and 139 extra-base hits.
As Fast as We Need to Be:
CCU only grounded into one double play while turning the trick five times themselves this season.
We Pick Our Spots:
Coastal stole 24 stolen bases on the season in 28 attempts.
The Big 3-0:
With two wins over Charleston Southern, Coastal picked up its 30th win of the season. It is the 11th time CCU won 30 or more games in a single season.
CCU Sweeps the Big South Weekly Awards:
The Coastal Carolina softball team swept the weekly Big South Awards as redshirt junior pitcher Christine Doyle was named the New Balance Softball Pitcher of the Week and senior Kelly Feely was chosen as the Choice Hotels Player of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon, April 17.
Doyle had another masterful performance in the circle that week. She was directly involved with five of Coastal's six wins on the week, as she went a perfect 3-0 with two saves. She was nearly unhittable in 18.2 innings of work with a 0.38 earned-run average. Further, she only allowed six hits and opponents only hit .097 against her for the week. Doyle began her week by coming in relief against Elon on April 11. She came into the game with CCU nursing a one-run lead with a runner on first and retired the next two batters in order to pick up the save. In the second game of the day, she was again called upon in relief. She delivered by getting out of a bases-loaded no out jam in picking up her second save of the day. Her third appearance of the week was a masterful performance against South Carolina on April 13, where she limited the Gamecocks to three hits and one run with five strikeouts in picking up her first win of the week in going the distance. In the second game of the day against South Carolina, Doyle was again called upon to come in relief. She went the final three innings with only a single hit allowed, while fanning five in winning her second game of the day and week. In her fifth and final game of the week she was again on her game as she limited the Buccaneers to two hits in winning her third game of the week with a complete game effort. Doyle now has a team-best 14 wins, three saves, 12 complete games and five shutouts this season.
Feely had solid week of action with seven hits in 19 at-bats. Among her seven hits, four went for extra bases. She hit three home runs to go along with 10 RBI and a double. Her slugging percentage was an impressive .895 while her on-base percentage was .400. She began the week by carrying CCU in its doubleheader sweep of Elon, as she went 4-for-6 with three home runs and seven runs batted-in. In the sweep of state rival South Carolina, Feely had the game tying RBI double in the second game that allowed Coastal to come back from a 5-2 deficit in the fifth inning, a game they eventually won 6-5 in eight innings. In the doubleheader sweep of conference rival Charleston Southern, Feely drove in the game-winning run in the first game and the game-tying run in the second game.
Congratulations are in Order:
Head Coach Jess Dannelly became only the 31st active softball coach with 600 career victories with his win over Elon on April 11.
Not an Ordinary Win:
Coastal complete a great week of action on April 15 against Charleston Southern with a doubleheader sweep. The Lady Chants went a perfect 6-0 on the week including two wins over visiting in-state rival South Carolina. It was only the fourth and fifth times Coastal has ever defeated the Gamecocks in 42 career meetings dating back to 1989.
Doyle Named the Big South Pitcher of the Week:
Coastal Carolina's redshirt junior pitcher Christine Doyle was named the Big South Conference's New Balance Softball Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on April 10.
Doyle had another masterful performance from the circle that week. She went 2-0 on the week with 0.50 ERA, allowing only 1 earned run in 14 innings. Doyle pitched a solid game against a good hitting College of Charleson team (team batting average of .304 with 36 home runs) on April 4. She went the distance, allowing three runs but only one earned with four strikeouts. The win allowed Doyle to reached double figures in wins for the second time in career after injuries ended her season each of the last two years. Doyle was absolutely spectacular in the first game of Coastal's doubleheader against North Carolina State on April 6. She set the tone by allowing only six hits with eight strikeouts in shutting out a Wolfpack team that had only been shutout seven times all season long in 47 games. For Doyle, it was her 10th complete game of the season and the fourth time she has recorded a shutout this year as she helped CCU to a 3-1 record on the week.
Johnson Named Big South Player of the Week:
Coastal Carolina's senior softball player Meagen Johnson was named the Big South Conference's Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week the league office announced this afternoon, April 3. This was the second consecutive week that Johnson has been named the Big South Player of the Week. Last week, March 27, Johnson was named both the Big South Player and Pitcher of the Week. This is also the third consecutive week that a Coastal softball player has been honored by the league office. Two weeks ago, March 20, senior Sara Hostetler was also named the Big South Player of the Week.
Johnson had a great week of action as both a hitter and in the circle. Johnson started her week by going 3-for-6 with two runs scored, five runs-batted-in and a walk in a sweep of Campbell on March 27. Johnson hit the game-winning three-run blast in the sixth inning to propel Coastal to a 6-4 win in the first game over Campbell. Johnson also picked up the win as she started the first game against the Fighting Camels, going five innings and surrendering no earned runs, with six punch outs. In the split doubleheader with conference rival Birmingham-Southern on April 2, Johnson was 3-for-7 with four RBI, as well as starting the first game in the circle against the Panthers. Johnson hit the two-run game-winning home run in the first inning in the second game of the afternoon to propel CCU to an 8-0 victory over the BSC. Johnson's three hits against Birmingham-Southern were the third time this season she had tallied three hits in a game.
For the week, Johnson hit .462 in four games, recording six hits and nine RBI on the week. She had two multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games. Her slugging percentage was 1.231, while she had an on-base percentage of .500 in aiding Coastal to a 3-1 record.
Trouncing of the Sun:
Coastal swept Campbell University in their doubleheader on March 28. With the two wins over the Fighting Camels, CCU improved to 6-0 against the Atlantic Sun Conference this season having outscored Gardner-Webb, North Florida and Campbell in those games a combined 54-13.
Johnson Named the Big Souths Player and Pitcher of the Week:
Coastal Carolina senior Meagen Johnson pulled off the rare feat of being named both the Big Souths Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 26.
Johnson had a great week of action as both a hitter and in the circle. Johnson started her week by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, six runs-batted-in and two walks in a sweep of Gardner-Webb. Johnson also picked up the win in relief in the first game against the Bulldogs, going four innings and only surrendering two hits with five punch outs. In the swept doubleheader from North Florida, Johnson was 3-for-6 with two RBI, as well as pitching a complete game three-hit shutout in the first game against the Ospreys. At the ECU Classic over the weekend, Johnson was 4-for-15 with three home runs and five RBI in against a stacked field that included #6 California. Johnson homered in all three days of the tournament, including the dramatic game-tying sixth inning blast against Cal. Johnson also pitched two-and-a-third innings in relief against East Carolina and threw an eight inning complete game against Penn State.
For the week, Johnson hit .400 in nine games, recording 10 hits and 13 RBI. She had three multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games. Her slugging percentage was .880, while she had an on-base percentage of .433 in aiding Coastal to a 5-4 record.
In the circle, Johnson's weekly totals were 21.1 innings pitched, 20 strikeouts, 12 hits allowed and a 0.66 earned-run average. She appeared in four games, with two complete games and a 2-1 record.
This was the second time Johnson has been named the Big South Pitcher of the Week during her career, as she also captured the award last season.
On a Hot Streak:
Senior Sara Hostetler had her team season-best 10-game hitting streak end against #6 California. In the 10 games, Hostetler was 16-for-31 with 13 runs scored, a home run and eight RBI.
Ending the Game in Style:
Coastal ended three games during the week of March 20-27 on a home run. Senior Brittany Nelson ended the Coastal 14-3 win over Gardner-Webb with a grand slam. Sophomore Ashley Gerdts did the same feat in the 15-4 win over North Florida and to top the week off senior Meagen Johnson ended CCUs 8-0 win over Buffalo with a two-run shot.
Doyle Twirls a Gem:
Redshirt junior Christine Doyle flirted with her second no-hitter of the season and had to settle for a one-hit shutout of Buffalo on March 26. The blemishes on Doyles nearly perfect day were a walk in the third inning and an infield single in the sixth.
Hostetler Named the Big South Conferences Player of the Week:
Senior Sara Hostetler had a great week of action for the week ending March 19 as Coastal swept a pair of games from both UNC Wilmington and conference rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In her two games against UNCW, Hostetler reached base four times with two hits, two walks, two runs scored and two runs-batted-in. The senior third baseman continued her strong play in the CCU sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as she went 5-for-7 with three runs scored, five RBI and a walk in the two games.
For the week, Hostetler had a batting average of .538 as she was 7-for-13 with six RBI, five runs scored and three walks. Further, she had a slugging percentage of .769 and and posted an on-base percentage of .588.
The Big Four:
Coastal Carolina pitching staff had tremendous week as a whole for the week of March 13-19. The four starters each threw a complete game with a no-hitter, a one-hitter and two three-hitters. For the week, the group only allowed one run on seven hits in 25 innings of work. The team earned-run average for the week was a miniscule 0.28 as opponents only batted .086 against the Lady Chants pitching. The week began as senior Brittany Nelson threw a complete game three-hit shutout with four strikeouts against UNC Wilmington in a five-inning run-ruled 8-0 victory. The second game saw senior Meagen Johnson go all eight innings, only giving up one run on three hits with nine strikeouts in CCUs 2-1 win over UNC Wilmington in the swept doubleheader. In the third game of the week, against Big South foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, redshirt junior Christine Doyle was simply unhittable. She went all five-innings in the no-hitter and was a hit batter away from throwing a perfect game. She struck out five in the 9-0 five inning victory. Junior Danyelle Gerdts was almost as good in the second game of the doubleheader against TAMU-CC. She threw a complete game, one-hit shutout in which a runner didnt get past first base and she struck out seven Islanders.
Redshirt junior Christine Doyles no-hitter against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was the first no-hitter thrown by a CCU hurler since Doyle threw a perfect game against Winthrop on April 27, 2003.
A Good Stretch:
Before the weekends action at the ECU Classic, March 24-26, Coastal had won 16 of its last 17 games. This was the best stretch of softball the Lady Chanticleers under Jess Dannelly since 1994 when the CCU won 17 out of 18 to open the season.
All Good Things Must Come to an End:
Coastal had its eight-game winning streak snapped with the loss to Tennessee Tech in the Gold Bracket game at the USF-Invitational. The eight-game winning streak was the longest for CCU since 2003 when it also won eight games in a row.
Knocking off the Giants:
When the Lady Chants knocked off #23 Virginia Tech 4-3 on March 10, it was the first win for Coastal over a ranked opponents since the 2004 season when CCU knocked off then #14 Oregon 2-1.
Thats What I Call a Good Week:
Coastal Carolina softball completed an impressive week where it went 7-1 including wins over Illinois, Central Michigan, Fordham, #23 Virginia Tech and Chattanooga in the USF-Spring Break Invitational from March 9-11. Coastal won all five of its games in pool play to advance into Gold Bracket with some of the top tier teams nationally. CCU lost a heartbreaker to Tennessee Tech 4-3 in nine innings, but even the loss could not spoil what a tremendous week the Lady Chants had. Senior Meagen Johnson had a memorable tournament, as she had a .583 batting average with three home runs, 10 RBI, nine walks, a 1.500 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .762 against Coastals competition.
Following the action against Alabama, seniors Brittany Nelson and Meagen Johnson were both named to the Crimson Classic All-Tournament Team.
Junior Kristina Sheppard drove in a career-high five runs in Coastal 6-0 win over Ohio State in the consolation game of the Crimson Classic on March 5. Sheppard had a three-run RBI triple in the third inning and a two-run single in the sixth to led the team to victory. Senior starting pitcher Brittany Nelson was spectacular for CCU, going the distance striking out eight while scattering five hits.
A Different Trend:
The 2006 season was the first time since 1998 that Coastal had opened a season at home. In the previous two years, redshirt junior pitcher Christine Doyle had been the opening day pitcher on the road, so two trends were broken when junior Danyelle Gerdts started the first game of the season.
Coastal Picked Second in Big South:
Coastal Carolinas softball team, led by head coach Jess Dannelly, has been picked for second place in the 2006 Big South Conferences softball preseason poll as voted by the Leagues head softball coaches and sports information directors, the league office announced, Jan. 24.
The preseason favorite this season is Winthrop, who garnered seven first place votes and 84 points overall to narrowly finish ahead of the Lady Chanticleers, who received three first place votes and 81 points overall. Winthrop was the conferences regular season champion and were the runner-up in the Big South Tournament last season. Radford received four first place votes and 76 points to finish a close third. The top three were followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (46 points), Birmingham-Southern (45 points), Liberty (44 points), and Charleston Southern (16 points).
Libertys junior shortstop Jessica Moore, who was the 2005 Big South Softball Player of the Year, was voted as the Conferences Preseason Player of the Year. Moore received six first place votes and 19 points overall to finish ahead of Coastal Carolinas senior pitcher/designated player Meagen Johnson, who had two first place votes and six points overall.
Head Coach Jess Dannelly: Coastal Carolina head coach Jess Dannelly (South Carolina 74) is in his 19th season as the mentor of the Chanticleers. He has a career record of 612-432. Coach Dannelly won his 600th career softball game April 11, 2006 and is 30th among active softball coaches in victories and 61st in winning percentage.
Coastal Carolinas softball team returns 15 letterwinners from last years team including its entire pitching rotation from a year ago. The returning rotation is seniors Meagen Johnson and Brittany Nelson, redshirt junior Christine Doyle and juniors Danyelle Gerdts and Trish Kretchman.
Also returning to the senior-laden squad: are seniors Sara Hostetler, Lynee Hastings, Kelly Feely, Irene Finley, Katey Allen, juniors Kristina Sheppard, Kimberly Cillis, Carla Hood and sophomores Allison Cantrell and Ashley Gerdts.
Newcomers Dot Coastals Roster:
Coastals rosters also has something new as seven new players have joined the squad this season. Redshirt junior Glynn Tolleson and redshirt sophomore Erika Trujillo are both eligible to play after sitting out last season. Joining the team this season are freshmen Kelsey Riffel, Brittany Birnbaum, Whitney Gibson, Candra Witt and Tara Albohn.
Its a Sisterly Thing:
Redshirt junior catcher Glynn Tolleson is the sister of former Lady Chanticleer Morgan Tolleson. Morgan Tolleson played for Coastal from 2002-2003. From the circle, she appeared in 24 games and compiled a record of 9-9 with a 2.58 earned-run average.
Three Named to All-Big South Team:
Seniors Sara Hostetler and Meagen Johnson were named Big South First Team All-Conference while junior Kimberly Cillis was named Second Team the league office announced May 13, 2005. It was the second time that Hostetler was named to the first team, while Johnson and Cillis each were first-time members of the All-Big South squads.
Coastal Carolinas softball team reached several career milestones this season
After her home runs against Winthrop, senior Meagen Johnson finished fifth place all-time at Coastal in career home runs with 22. Johnson is also the single season record holder with 20 home runs this season.
Senior Kelly Feely with her home run against Florida State ended her career with 20 home runs. The total is good for seventh all-time at Coastal.
Sophomore Ashley Gerdts with her home run against Radford, has now hit 14 home runs in her Coastal career which is tied for ninth with current teammate Kristina Sheppard.
Senior Sara Hostetler ended her CCU career with 38 doubles, which is fifth on Coastal all-time list.She finished sixth all-time in walks (76) and sixth at Coastal in at bats (642). Hostetler ranked in the 10th in hits (184).
Senior Katey Allen, had five swiped bases this season, and moved into seventh place with 25 career stolen bases.
Senior pitcher Brittany Nelson ended with 99 career appearances which places her fifth.
Nelson complete her carer with 40 complete games Nelsons 39 victories were good for sixth place all-time at Coastal.
Nelson moved into fifth place all-time in innings pitched with 465.1. She was fourth all-time in strikeouts with 329.
Redshirt junior Christine Doyle with her nine strikeouts in the NCAA Tournament finished third all-time in strikeouts with 345. With 20 wins this season, Doyle moved into fifth all-time in wins with 45 Doyle with her two saves against Elon, finished four career saves and is ranked fourth on CCUs all-time saves list.
Danyelle Gerdts with her five triples this season are tied for eighth all-time for three baggers in a single season.