Coastal Softball Concludes Fall Off-Season
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Softball team concluded its 2016 fall season this week and made strides from last season's finish in preparation for the Chanticleers inaugural season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference in spring of 2017.
The Chanticleers return 12 players to the roster while adding seven newcomers.
"We showed some nice progress this fall on both sides of the ball," said head coach Kelley Green. "Our rookies have proven they are here to make an immediate impact. We now will rely on a strong work ethic and commitment level from each student-athlete throughout the off-season. We have made great strides so far, but need everyone determined to improve every day."
Overall, the Chanticleers finished the fall off-season 4-1-1. Coastal faced UNC Wilmington, Charleston Southern, College Charleston and UNC Pembroke.
In the circle, the Chants return two sophomore pitchers Ashley Guillette and Taylor Rahach, they will be joined by freshman newcomer Devin Wallace. Wallace, ended the fall with a 1.05 ERA and had 19 strikeouts in 20 innings of work. Guillette, finished the fall with a 1.73 ERA and had 17 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings of work.
The Chants also return stand-out players Taty Forbes and Timi Tooley, who were part of the team's offensive force at the plate last season. During the fall games, Forbes went 13-for-24 (.542 batting average) and Tooley went 7-for-13 (.538 batting average) with six RBI.
Taty Forbes went 3-for-5 in the Chanticleers' 5-2 win over UNCW. In the circle, Ashley Guillette, Devin Wallace, and Taylor Rahach combined for 10 strikeouts over 10 innings. Devin Wallace had six of the 10 strikeouts.
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Taty Forbes went 2-for-3 in game one, which resulted in a 1-1 draw. Forbes went 3-for-6 in game two of the series while freshman outfielder Payton Hanson went 2-for-2 to propel the team to a 6-3 victory. Hanson had a single and a triple during her at bats.
Timi Tooley, Chelsea D'Avilar, Annie Robinson, and Mackenzie Budinger combined for the team's four home runs over the two game series. The Chanticleers won the first game 6-1 and the second game 9-0. Ashley Guillette, Devin Wallace and Taylor Rahach combined for 21 strikeouts in the doubleheader. Taylor Rahach closed both games, throwing the last two innings in each game. Rahach had a total of six strikeouts with no runs scored and surrendered only two hits.
The team committed six errors and suffered an 8-6, 10-inning loss to Charleston Southern. Freshman pitcher Devin Wallace had five walks and one HBP over five innings of work, while sophomore Ashley Guillette had three HBP and one walk in 3.2 innings of work. Timi Tooley was the sole stand-out performer versus CSU going 3-for-4 at the plate (2 singles, a double, 2 RBI and a walk).