Gamecocks homer past Chants on softball diamond

uscsoft-ccuThe Coastal Carolina softball team suffered a loss in a tight, low-scoring game Tuesday night against state rival, South Carolina, 3-1.

After a stellar offensive weekend for Annie Robinson, she continued her momentum recording the Chanticleers first hit in the top of the second but CCU could not seem to break the Gamecocks defense.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second for South Carolina, Watts reached on a fielder’s choice after shortstop Alexis Alivno makes a crucial throw to Morgan Noad to get the lead runner out at home keeping the score 0-0. But unable to hold the Gamecocks back, the next batter singled up the middle to drive in two runners to take the lead 2-0.

The Gamecocks added another run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single taking a 3-0 lead over Coastal.

Coastal responded in the away half of the fifth. Leadoff batter, Mackenzie Conrad grounded out to the shortstop and next up to bat, Alexis Alvino hits a homer to left field to close in on South Carolina’s lead, 3-1. Alvino recorded her second home run of the season.

The Chants were feeding off Alvinos hom erun, going 1-2-3 outs to end the inning.

Trying to build the energy back up, Kelsey Dominik doubled to right center field putting the Chants in good scoring position. But once again, the Gamecocks defense remained solid as they close out the inning with a strikeout and grounded out.

In the top of the 7th, Devon Steiner had a tough battle with the pitcher but struck out looking on the fifth pitch for the second out. Angela Buccilli was walked, then Bri Chiusano struck out looking to end the game.

The Chants ended the game totaling seven hits and 18 putouts. Dominik suffered the loss dropping to a 3-5 record on the season.

Coastal softball will be back in action at home this weekend hosting the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Tournament play will begin on Friday, but Coastal will begin play on Saturday morning. Frist pitch is set for 11 a.m.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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