Lady Chants no-hit Liberty, lose to Longwood in semis

In a game that spanned two days due to inclement weather, Coastal Carolina pitcher Ashley Guillette was not affected by the break in action as she threw a no-hitter to lead the second-seeded Chanticleers to an 8-0 five-inning victory over #3 seed Liberty in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals Friday on the campus of Winthrop University.

The game started on Thursday at 4:47 p.m., but was suspended at 5:28 p.m. due to lightning and severe thunderstorms in the third inning with Coastal leading 3-0. The game resumed at 10 a.m. on Friday with Coastal batting in the bottom of the third.

Coastal will play its semifinal game later on today (Friday) and will face the winner of No. 1 Longwood and No. 6 Presbyterian. The semifinal contest will be streamed on ESPN3.

Guillette (11-6) walked three and relied on her defense to record all 15 outs to notch the first no-hitter in a Big South Tournament game since 2011.

Guillette’s battery mate and 2016 Big South Player of the Year Morgan Noad (1-for-1) also came up big as the senior had three RBI when she hit her 23rd home run of the season to break her own CCU single season record, which she set last season.

Taty Forbes, the 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year and finalist for the National Freshman of the Year Award, led the Chanticleers by going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored while Kelsey Dominik (1-for-2) recorded three RBI. Bri Chiusano (2-for-2) added three runs scored.

Before the game was postponed on Thursday, the Chanticleers scored three runs in the top of the first. Chiusano drew a walk then Forbes had a bunt single. Noad followed with a three-run shot over the center field fence for an early 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, the game was then suspended with Chiusano at the plate and 1-2 count.

When play resumed Friday morning, Chiusano and Forbes each hit singles and Noad was hit by a pitch to load the bases for CCU. Conrad smacked a single to score Chiusano. Then, Dominik drew a bases loaded walk to score Forbes to make the score 5-0.

Coastal took commanded in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs for the 8-0 lead. Chiusano and Forbes each hit a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Noad was walked to load the bases for CCU. Then, Conrad plated Chiusano with an RBI ground out, moving Forbes and Noad to third and second, respectively. Dominik followed with a two-run single to score Forbes and Noad to end the game on the run rule.

* Longwood 5, Coastal Carolina 0: The No. 2 seeded Coastal Carolina softball team fell 5-0 to top seed Longwood and the two teams will play a second elimination game in the Big South Tournament semifinals Friday on the campus of Winthrop University.

Coastal and Longwood will meet again Saturday morning either at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. depending on the outcome of the final game between Radford and Campbell, each of whom are playing in a semifinal contest tonight. The CCU-LU contest will be streamed on ESPN3.

Longwood scored two runs to take an early lead in the bottom of the first. Krista Kelly started the home half of the first with a walk and moved to third on a Carly Adams single. Adams took second on the play when CCU attempted to throw out Kelly at third. Emily Murphy followed with a bunt single to bring home Kelly. Murphy later scored off a wild pitch by Ashley Guillette to make the score 2-0.

In the top of the third, Coastal loaded the bases twice but could not capitalize. Alexis Alvino and Bri Chiusano were both walked to start the frame. Forbes followed with a bunt single to load the bases for CCU. Morgan Noad reached on a fielder’s choice when Alvino was thrown out at home on the play. With bases still loaded and Conrad at bat, Longwood’s Sydney Gay induced a pop out to end the inning.

Kelsey Sweeney increased the LU lead to 4-0 with hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth.

The Lancers added another run in the bottom of the fifth as Kaylynn Batten pushed a single through the left side to score Justina Augustine to make the score 5-0.

Ashley Guillette (11-6) suffered the loss allowing seven hits and five runs.

Photo courtesy of BSC

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