Oct. 12, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University softball team wrapped up its fall season going 3-3 in six games.
Coastal Carolina started the season at home on Sept. 27 facing the College of Charleston in a doubleheader. The Chanticleers fell 4-2 in the first game and 3-2 in the second.In the first game, Coastal Carolina got on the board in the third inning when Macaela Ballard score off a double by Michelle Evans. The Chants stranded six more runners before eventually scoring in the seventh. Morgan Dodd got the RBI to bringing Ashley Pisone home, but it wouldn't be enough, losing 4-2.
After falling in the first game, the Chants came out trying to split the doubleheader, but the Cougars would get on the board first, scoring one run in both the second and third innings. Coastal Carolina would answer back in the third scoring two runs on Stacy Snellings' home run, bringing in Alyssa Tornatore to tie the game. It would be the last run of the game for the Chants and the College of Charleston would go up 3-2 in the seventh inning to sweep the doubleheader.
The Chanticleers' finished their home stand with the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington on Oct. 3 in a doubleheader. Coastal Carolina split the day 1-1 with UNC-W defeating the Seahawks 8-0 in the first game, but falling 4-1 in the second game. In the first game, Coastal Carolina's Michelle Evans hit a homerun to deep left field to bring Ballard home, giving the Chants a 2-0 lead in the first. Both Stacy Snellings and Tornatore scored in the second inning giving Coastal Carolina a 4-0 lead. The Seahawks would hold the Chants in the third and fourth innings, but a grand slam by Olivia Piccirillo put Coastal ahead 8-0 forcing the mercy rule and ending the game. In the second game, the Chanticleers weren't as lucky as they only scored one run in the fourth inning and were defeated 4-1.
In the final games' of the fall season, Coastal Carolina finished with a pair of wins as it defeated Francis Marion on Oct. 4 in both games of the doubleheader. In the first game, the Chants came out on top defeating Francis Marion 5-3. Olivia Williams starting the hitting for the Chants and Sarah Maples put Coastal Carolina on the board and up 3-0 after the third. Coastal Carolina would score two more runs to put them ahead 5-3 and take the first game of the doubleheader. In the second game, Coastal Carolina remained hot in the batter's box, bringing in seven runs in to defeat Francis Marion 7-5 and finish the fall season with three wins.
"I was pleased with the progress all fall," Head Softball Coach Kelley Green said. "I thought we improved from the first weekend games to the second weekend games and I saw a lot of good things that showed a lot of potential and saw some things we needed to work on. Certainly our coaching staff is optimistic about the season that we could have if we continue improving like we have this fall."